Middle school students get lesson in voting and democracy

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis Middle school students got an important lesson in democracy and the upcoming Presidential election on Tuesday.

The lesson was all part of democracy week at the school. The event was timed to take place one day before Southwind Middle students hold their own elections to vote on new student council leaders.

A special treat for the students was a question and answer session with local political leaders.

Democratic representative Pastor Keith Norman and republican Bill Gianini talked to the students about the importance of the democratic process.

They challenged youngsters to not only vote, but to work to understand the issues involved in their student council election and the issues involved in the race for President.
"Not to just go along with what you hear, but to learn more about what certain things and people before you go along with what others say," Southwind student Carla Porterfield said.
"I thinks very important because one day we are going  to have to re-elect and one day we could be re-electing them because its their first time," Southwind student Robert Hunt said.

During the student council elections that kick off tomorrow, the Southwind Middle students will cast their votes using actual voting booths.

The machines are on loan from the Shelby County Election Commission and are the same the voting machines that will be used in November by registered voters for the Presidential election.

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