Friday, October 31, 2008

Newport Goes for Obama

Well, kinda. Here is a fun story from Sec. of St. Mollis' office from Christ Barnett (Press Sec'y):

With Election Day less than four days away, students at Michael’s Country Day School in Newport got a practical lesson in civics today when Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis’ office staged a mock presidential election.

“Some of these young people will be our leaders of tomorrow. This is the age to engage. I hope our visit will create a new generation of voters and citizens committed to making their voices heard,” Mollis said.

More than 200 students voted using an official voting machine and ballots similar to those their parents will use on Election Day. Barack Obama received 128 votes and John McCain received 74. Third-party candidates Ralph Nader and Bob Barr received 4 and 1 votes, respectively.

The Secretary of State’s office prepares the ballots for all federal, state and municipal elections held in Rhode Island. In addition, the office maintains the state’s central voter registration system and distributes handbooks that explain how to run for office, how to register to vote and how to vote.

Secretary of State Mollis is committed to making it easier for Rhode Islanders to vote, helping businesses grow and making government more open and accessible. For more information about the programs and services the Secretary of State offers Rhode Islanders, visit www.sec.state.ri.us.

Chris Barnett
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