Their vote may not count, but students at several Marshalltown Community School District Schools are getting to experience the presidential election this year.
One school, Hoglan Elementary School, had its election in the cafeteria as students cast their ballot in cardboard booths on their way to lunch.
"We tried to make the booth displays so they had some sort of feeling of what it's like," said Hoglan Principal Amy Williams.
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Phillip Lin, 9, a fourth grade student at Hoglan Elementary School, votes in the school’s mock presidential election Monday. Several Marshalltown schools held mock elections to teach students about the voting process.
It was made pretty simple for the students as there were iPads set up and they clicked on the boxes of Barack Obama or Mitt Romney on the screen. Students in preschool through fourth grade took part in the election at Hoglan.
For the older elementary students, this is a way for them to learn about the election as a supplement to their government classes.
"We are tying it in to being a citizen," said fourth grade teacher Gena Graglia.
Several of the students have been talking about the candidates in the hallways throughout the past few days.
"I know it takes a lot of knowledge about both of them to vote," said Savanna Calkins, 9, a fourth grader.
Teacher Lisa Frauenholtz said her fourth grade class was excited to be able to hit the booths.
"They are excited that they got a chance to vote, but a little disappointed they can't vote in the actual election," Frauenholtz said.
Obama won the Hoglan election with 68 percent of the vote. Lenihan Intermediate School held a mock election Friday and the Marshalltown Learning Academy held one Oct. 23 with Obama winning both of those. Miller Middle School had an election planned for Monday and Tuesday and Anson Elementary students are voting Tuesday, on Election Day.