5th-grader observes election process

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2004

Nov. 2 was Election Day, and that night I went to Election Central at Centennial Hall not only to see the voting results, but also because I was part of Kids Voting, a national organization that helps kids understand the electoral process.

I was working on the Juneau Kids Voting media team as part of the print journalism group. At Election Central, I interviewed several voters and asked them what they thought about Kids Voting.

"It helps kids to get a feel for voting before they are old enough to vote," Joyce Levine said.

I also interviewed some of Juneau's senators and representatives and asked them about their policies to help Alaska.

Republican Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch of House District 4, which includes the Mendenhall Valley and Auke Bay, said that he would help kids to get a good education and a good job, and that he also would work to help get a clean, healthy environment.

Sen. Kim Elton, a Democrat who was not up for re-election this year, told me he would like to balance the budget and develop more of our natural resources.

Bob Doll, a Democrat who unsuccessfully challenged Weyhrauch, said that if he were elected, he would want to close the fiscal gap.

The Kids Voting presidential results in Juneau were 750 votes for President Bush, 721 votes for Sen. Kerry. The results for U.S. Senate were 926 votes for Democrat Tony Knowles and 506 votes for Republican Lisa Murkowski.

• August McAllister is a home-schooled fifth-grader who attended two training sessions in preparation for his work as a Kids Voting reporter.

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