LeMarchant St. Thomas students take part in mock voting exercise

Four classes of elementary school students at Le-Marchant St. Thomas carefully considered their voting options before casting ballots in a mock vote Thursday.

Teacher: 'They're reading, they're talking to people, talking about it at home'

Students at Le Marchant St. Thomas elementary school in Halifax took part Thursday in a mock vote for federal candidates in the upcoming federal election. (Pam Berman/CBC)

Casting their ballot was an intense experience for students LeMarchant St. Thomas school who participated in a mock vote for federal candidates in the Halifax riding Thursday.

"At this age they are super keen," teacher Margo Chaisson said. "They're reading, they're talking to people, talking about it at home. " 

Elections Canada sent all the material needed including ballots, a voting booth and a ballot box.  

The students from four elementary school classes appeared to take their responsibility very seriously.

"We talk about the candidates here, the political parties, the platforms. They are making they're own educated votes," Chaisson said.

Grade 4 student Clara Jackson carefully circled important issues in the election platforms of all the parties so she could compare them.

Political ads 'a little over the top'

"Look for the promises they'll really, really commit to," she explained.  "That they just won't suddenly say 'oh no, I did it so I could get elected.'"

Classmate Elliott Llewellyn-Brown said he doesn't find political advertising all that helpful in making a voting decision.

"I think there's one that says he (Justin Trudeau) just has good hair,"  said Llewellyn-Brown. "And I think that's a
little over the top for saying on TV all over Canada."

After the students cast their ballots, the results were tabulated. But the totals were not released.

They'll be sent in to Elections Canada which will release the results of student votes across the country on 
Oct. 19th.

Gia Mensah thinks her mock voting experience will help her later on in life.   

"I think this will help because we know what it feels like." said Mensah.  "So when we are 18 we will actually
go and vote."  

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