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Students chose Obama at St. Anselm College Kids Voting event

Democrats swept the ballot in a mock election at Saint Anselm College yesterday.

As part of Kids Voting USA, New Hampshire school children selected Barack Obama for president, Maggie Hassan for New Hampshire governor, Carol Shea-Porter for first congressional district of the U.S. House of Representatives and Annie Kuster for the second congressional district of the U.S. House of Representatives.

More than 200 fourth, fifth and sixth grade New Hampshire students participated in the event at the college’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library. The students represented Green Valley School in Pembroke, St. Francis School in Litchfield, and New Searles School and Bicentennial Elementary, both in Nashua.

Gov. John Lynch also attended, and Secretary of State Bill Gardner who spoke about the importance of voting, important qualities to look for in a candidate and why New Hampshire is unique.

Students also participated in voting games, presidential trivia and a change-chain activity that will connect their wishes for the next U.S. president.

Results of another mock voting exercise for the offices of president, governor, and U.S. representative will be available Nov. 7. Those votes were tallied during the month of October and end today, with a remote mock election using DoubleClick Democracy, an online voting service hosted by Kids Voting USA, involving 7,000 students in kindergarten through high school, from more than 40 New Hampshire schools.

SARAH PALERMO

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