Gov. Chris Christie wins re-election in Egg Harbor Township High School mock election

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Laura Stetser/The mock election offered a cross-curricular experience for EHTHS students Laura Stetser/The mock election offered a cross-curricular experience for EHTHS students

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The results are in, and Gov. Chris Christie has won re-election in a mock election held today, Friday, Nov. 1 at Egg Harbor Township High School.

Out of the 1,152 student who voted during the daylong event held in the school media center, Christie secured his win by a margin of 88 votes.

Senior Ciarra Lenahan, one of the students who worked the polls, said she voted for the current governor because of his stance on abortion and education.

Laura Stetser/Pictured seated from left registering voters are seniors Ciarra Lenahan, Amanda Reynolds, Jessica Caban, Tiffany Tan, Mayra Hernandez. Standing as they sign in to cast votes are junior Josh Wolfram and senior Veronica Notaro. Laura Stetser/Pictured seated from left registering voters are seniors Ciarra Lenahan, Amanda Reynolds, Jessica Caban, Tiffany Tan, Mayra Hernandez. Standing as they sign in to cast votes are junior Josh Wolfram and senior Veronica Notaro.

 “I like that he defends people who are against abortion,” she said. “I also think that he has worked to make sure teachers have higher levels of education.”

 Senior Veronica Notara said she also voted for Christie, but because of his response after Hurricane Sandy.

 “He took charge and did what the people of New Jersey needed him to do,” she said.

 One of the supporters of Democratic candidate Barbara Buono, senior Elias Linari said he cast his vote for the challenger for her policies on educational funding.

 “She wants to get more funding for schools k-12,” he said. “That money would help schools get better books and new things that would help students learn.”

 The entire student body was invited to cast votes during social studies classes or study halls, where other students checked identification and signed the voters. The polling was an electronic system designed by the computer science classes that tallied not only the votes, but also the demographics of sex and grade level of the voters for further study in classes.

The mock election is one of the many projects occurring at the high school utilizing the district’s iSTEM philosophy in which various teachers are incorporating cross-curricular activities in areas such as graphic arts, computer programming, economics, law and social studies.

From real-life application of computer “polls” to voter identification legislation, the mock election provided students with a hands-on approach to becoming a knowledgeable and informed voter, organizers said.

Laura Stetser/Freshman Dylan Charlton casts his vote for Barbara Buono, the Democratic challenger in the New Jersey governor's race Laura Stetser/Freshman Dylan Charlton casts his vote for Barbara Buono, the Democratic challenger in the New Jersey governor's race

Read more about the mock election HERE.

 


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