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Poplar Bluff students participate in 'mock election'

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Students participating in the mock election. Students participating in the mock election.
Students say their parents and peers can also be an influence. Students say their parents and peers can also be an influence.
The  mock election was meant to teach teenagers the process and power of voting. The mock election was meant to teach teenagers the process and power of voting.
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

A new study finds that our ideas about politics start taking shape as children, and how we're raised has a lot to do with how we'll vote.

Apparently kids as young as four start picking up on these ideas.

Students say their parents not only influence how they vote, but if they will vote at all.

That's why high schools like those at Poplar Bluff are driving home the idea of mock elections about teaching students that it's important to be informed and exercise your right to vote.

Just like the real thing, the a mock election was meant to teach teenagers the process and power of voting.

Students say their parents and peers can also be an influence.

So, government teachers hope students feel empowered in casting their vote and learning about all issues both local and national.

Students say they feel ready. In fact, 18-year-old Hunter Pyland will get to vote in the real thing next Tuesday

"It's good because I am nervous to finally vote for the first time," said Pyland. "Some people think their vote doesn't count. But I like to think mine does because I put my opinion out there."

Others like Junior Alexa Miller say learning the process and truly form her own opinion. She realizes her pick for president, libertarian Gary Johnson, probably isn't popular.

"He's a cool guy," said Miller. "I did some research on him he climbed a lot of mountains and he has a lot of great ideas for America"

So how did they vote?

Tally's showed that 63 percent of Poplar Bluff students voted for Mitt Romney over President Obama with 37 percent.

In the race for senator, more students voted for Republican Todd Akin over the incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill, 61 percent to 39 percent.

We don't have results from this year's exit polls yet, but back in 2008, 65 percent of students reported their votes were the same as their parents.

And, 35 percent said their votes were probably different than their parents.

The 2008 election would have gone to John McCain over Barack Obama.

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