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Mock election helps high school students learn the power of the vote

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

On Thursday, polling booths and poll workers set the stage for the Central High School's mock election.

This mock election is part of a nationwide program called My Vote National Student Mock Election. The program is geared to teach younger students who can't vote legally about the election process.

Thursday morning, students lined up to cast their votes on a computerized ballot for which candidate they wanted to win the 2012 presidential and U.S. Senate races.

During class, students had been taught about each candidates' stance on issues to help them become more informed voters.

These mock elections are teaching students, like 16-year-old Kelvin Wlison-Carter, the power of the vote.

"I believe it's better to start off at very young age to know about what's going on to try to get... try to participate in any way that you possible can, because this is our future that we're going to have to be in," Wlison-Carter said.

Thursday's polling results at Central High School will be sent to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston to be recorded statewide and then nationwide to determine who younger voters elected in Massachusetts and throughout the 50 states.

The My Vote National Student Mock Election has helped more than 50 million young voters get involved in the national election process.

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