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Cville Provides Voting Booths for Middle School’s Election

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Student votes for class officers at Buford Middle School. Student votes for class officers at Buford Middle School.

Students went to the polls at Buford Middle School and walked away with real-life experience.

The city provided actual voting booths for the students, and this year, they also added a new aspect to the experience. Students Friday were required to register beforehand to vote, adding a new realistic aspect to the experience.

The setup was familiar: voting booths, long lines, a little sticker afterward. But this was not an official election; it was middle school students voting for their class officers.

The election became a genuine learning experience.

"It prepares us for the future so when in real life when we go to vote, we won't be all confused," said candidate Kiki Dowell.

Teachers hope getting students excited about voting for their peers will help them understand the importance of having their voices heard.

"You know, if you have a friend running and you really want them to make it, then you need to register to vote, otherwise your voice doesn't count, you're not heard. So just kind of the importance of being heard and participating," said Jessica Brantley, student council advisor.

Most of the student body did end up registering for Friday's election.

Employees of the Charlottesville Registrar's Office also helped out with setting up and checking student registrations.

Reported by Rob Manch

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