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Kids vote!

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:48 AM

Some local students are getting the chance to cast their vote for the next president of the United States, even if it doesn’t count in next week's election.

Excited Holmes Elementary School students on Thursday presented "voter registration" cards in exchange for a ballot. The Spring Lake students then circled or placed a checkmark next to the candidate of their choice before slipping their ballot into a box donned with patriotic stickers.

At the end of the day, the students learned the results of a close race: Mitt Romney beat President Barack Obama, 222-210.

Third-grade teacher Amy Berry and second-grade teacher Jen Greene coordinated Thursday’s election.

“I think it’s important to get the kids excited about voting early,” Berry said.

Holmes students aren’t the only ones casting votes. Next week, Lake Hills Elementary School’s second-, third- and fourth-graders will get their chance.

“They’re getting educated on the importance of voting,” Lake Hills Principal Jason Lawson said.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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