LINWOOD – Mainland Regional High School colors may be green and white, but it is red that ruled the day Friday, Nov. 4 as the high school held its school-wide presidential vote.
Republican Donald Trump was victorious in the Stang Vote 16, capturing 474 popular votes and earning 393 electoral votes. Students from the AP government class were busy coloring in each state as the tallies were completed.
Hillary Clinton had 326 popular votes and earned 124 electoral votes. The third-party candidates did well with Libertarian Gary Johnson pulling in 202 votes and 18 electoral votes and Green Party candidate Jill Stein receiving 101 popular and 3 electoral votes.
AP government and social studies teacher Brian Smith said he worked with students to devise a system that would allow the student body to be representative of the Electoral College.
The vote was conducted during first mod in all classes. The classes were given a designation as to what state or states they represented based on the number of students in the class.
The largest number of electoral votes belongs to California so based on that, the largest number of students are in gym class. The voting tallies for the gym classes were used to represent California and that vote, when tallied, was worth 55 electoral votes.
The students in Smith’s class had a unique opportunity to be a part of this election even though most of them are not quite old enough to walk into their local polling place on Election Day.
The students made political commercials for each of the candidates, campaigned, created handouts, hung signs and ultimately debated before the student body one week before the election. Each of the candidates had a small entourage with advisors and supporters just like the candidates themselves.
Electoral votes for each state are equal to the number of members of Congress in each state plus two for the state's senators.
The District of Columbia has three electoral votes and that is equal to the amount of electors for the least populous state. California has the most with 55 followed by Texas with 38 and New York and Florida with 29 each. Pennsylvania and Illinois have 20.
Victoria Battaglia is only a sophomore, but decided to sign up for Smith’s class this fall because of the election.
Courtney Wolf is a senior but said she was so excited to have the opportunity to take the AP government class this semester and experience the election first hand.
“I feel like I have learned so much about the election process and how our government works this semester,” said Wolf. “This has really been a great experience.”
The point of the Stang Vote 16 was to give students a thorough understanding of what candidates for office go through to win, according to Smith.