October 30, 2008
Students at Truckee High School participated in a mock election Thursday, and while the votes didn’t actually count, students felt passionate about their decision nonetheless.
Lauren Driscoll, a 16-year-old senior, said she voted Barack Obama for president because of his stance on certain issues.
“I voted for Obama because he isn’t pro-life, and I think a woman has a right to choose,” Driscoll said.
Friend and Truckee junior Clayton Noel, also 16, said he supported John McCain based on the economy and Obama’s lack of experience.
“I voted for John McCain because I think he has a better foreign policy,” Noel said. “I think Barack isn’t qualified, especially on the economy, I don’t think he has enough experience and I think he’ll lead us into depression.”
Students of every grade cast votes for both the presidential candidates and California state ballot propositions in a voting area set up in the school’s theater.
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Sophomore Aly Coronado said she was supporting Obama and felt a win by the senator from Illinois would be historic.
“I like that he’s a younger candidate and I also think it’s cool that someone from a different race could be president; it would definitely be historic for the country,” Coronado said.
Many of the students leaving the polls said they voted for Obama, pointing to issues such as green energy and his stance on health care as major factors in their vote.
“I voted for Barack because I liked his energy policies,” said senior Matt Rabow. “Another big point for me was (California proposition 1A, which would build a high-speed rail line between San Diego and San Francisco) because it would make it cheaper and way easier for people to get to and from L.A.”
Freshman Graham Holton differed with his counterparts, though, and cast a vote for McCain.
“I thought he was the most qualified candidate,” Holton said. “I think Barack isn’t very qualified.”
Senior Sarah Blocher said she also voted on Proposition 8, the California ballot question asking voters to classify marriage as between and man and woman.
“I think people should be able to do what they want, if that’s their choice, then they should make it,” Blocher said.
Sophomore Dominick Schiessl also said Obama’s stance on gay marriage made the difference when he voted for the Democratic candidate.
Results of the school-wide election were not available as of press time.