Today, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office announced the results of this year’s mock election, which is held annually in schools across Washington State. Students are given the opportunity to weigh in on ballot measures and key races for public office. The results don’t always portend the outcome of the real election, but oftentimes they do – and it’s always fun to look through the results.
This year, some 8,957 ballots were cast by students. 6,578 middle and high school students cast ballots, while 2,379 elementary school students did.
Students voted very progressively: 57% voted to reject Tim Eyman’s I-517, while 62.30% voted to pass I-522 and label genetically modified foods. Students in Seattle also voted to reelect Mayor Mike McGinn by a wide margin.
Yes: 3,760 votes — 42.50%
No: 5,087 votes — 57.50%
Yes: 5,547 votes — 62.30%
No: 3,357 votes — 37.70%
Mayor of Seattle
Ed Murray: 162 votes — 42.30%
Mike McGinn: 221 votes — 57.70%
Not many students participated in the mock election for Seattle mayor. But a decent number weighed in statewide on the ballot measures.
If I had to guess, I-522 and the Seattle mayoral race will be much closer. Recent polling has shown support for Tim Eyman’s I-517 collapsing and opposition growing, and our coalition certainly has the momentum, so I’m hopeful we’ll win big. But it’s certainly not a sure thing. We will definitely keep working to educate voters until the 8 PM deadline arrives on Tuesday, November 5th.
If you have not voted yet, you have less than a hundred hours to do so. NPI’s BallotGuide.info is your friend – use it to help you navigate the issues you’ll find on the front side of your ballot, including Tim Eyman’s push polls.