By Eamonn Harvey
Albany High School students will have the opportunity to participate in the 2014 presidential race on Monday October 10 through a mock election conducted by the English 3 - US History core classes taught by Emily Surowitz and Juliet Radford.
Surowitz and Radford and their students “encourage all students to vote and weigh in on pressing issues of the day.” The classes “want to help young people understand the importance of voting, the importance of being a more educated voter, and the impact your vote can have.”
On the election day, polling places will be set up around the school all day where students can vote online. Students will also be able to vote by themselves through email.
The ballot will include the presidential contest, the California U.S. Senate race, local measures, and select state propositions chosen by the classes. Those involved hope this mock election will closely mimic the actual voting process.
According to the Bipartisan Policy Center, in 2012, 57.5 percent of eligible voters voted. Surowitz and Radford hope for a higher turnout here at Albany. Surowitz says, “people have risked everything to ensure the right to vote.”
The junior core classes are putting up publicity posters throughout the school in order to make students aware of issues on the ballot.