Shannon Benoit (junior, Chelmsford) and Elizabeth Hillman (junior, Ayer) fill out their ballots for Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s mock election, held on Election Day.
Shannon Winton (junior, Pepperell) casts her ballot at the checkout booth manned by Dylan Bourassa (sophomore, Shirley) during Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s mock election, held on Election Day.
Colby Stacey (junior, Ayer) casts her ballot as Kaitlyn Willet (junior, Ayer) waits her turn at the checkout booth manned by Rheanna Early (senior, Ayer) and Dylan Bourassa (sophomore, Shirley), during Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s mock election, held on Election Day.
WESTFORD — Nashoba Tech held a mock election on Election Day, with all students and staff invited to cast their ballots for president of the United States.
Nashoba Tech’s election had everything the real election had — poll workers, (students officers from each class), ballot booths where voters could fill in their ballots in private — even the media, as students in Nashoba Tech’s TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts class provided running coverage all day, interviewing staff members about the importance of taking part in elections.
Emily Smith, a Student Council adviser and one of the coordinators of the event, said voting was steady and there was no bad behavior at the polling place, Nashoba Tech’s Viking Forum. Smith said that while Nashoba Tech has held mock voting for past presidential elections, this one was “definitely a step up and a little more realistic,” given the intense campaigning the two major-party candidates did over the past six months.
And if you think it was easy for students to make such a weighty a decision, think again. “This is the hardest decision I’ve ever made in my life,” one student said as she cast her ballot.
Like the real election, Republican Donald Trump won the Nashoba Tech polling with 324 votes — more than half of the 612 total ballots cast — followed by Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 208 votes, Independent Gary Johnson’s 58 votes and Green Rainbow Party candidate Jill Stein’s 26 votes.