Students exercise voting muscles in mock election

There’s no better way to show the importance of voting in the democratic elections every two years, than by watching the participation of those who are not yet eligible to vote.

Last week, more than 8,000 high school students voted in a mock election to choose government leaders including the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general as well as open seats on the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education Commissioners and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Students also voted on Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana and Proposition L, the controversial sit and lie law,  among other local measures.

Though results of the election will not be announced until Wednesday morning at Balboa High School, early returns seem to indicate students may be voting against legalizing marijuana, according to school district officials.

The mock election was overseen by the school district’s Student Advisory Council and Youth Vote, a civic engagement project that gives high school students an opportunity to voice their opinions about current youth issues, ballot measures and political candidates running for election.

San Francisco Unified has an estimated 55,000 students with approximately 19,000 students enrolled in grades 9 through 12.

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