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Pierce County Students Support Same-Sex Marriage, Inslee and Obama in Mock Election

The Secretary of State's mock election for students closed Friday, and statewide, students voted against decriminalizing marijuana, and showed support for Jay Inslee in the gubernatorial race and Barack Obama in the presidential race.

Washington students voted no on decriminalizing marijuana, approved of gay marriage, supported Democrats Jay Inslee and President Barack Obama, and squeaked through public charter schools, in the statewide student mock election, run by the Washington Secretary of State.

The polls for the student mock election closed Friday after a week of student participating. This year, 38,848 students statewide took part in the event, now in its ninth year, according to the Secretary of State's blog. That's more than double the previous record number of student voters in 2008.

In Pierce County, 3,431 students took part in the mock vote, with similar results as the rest of the state, including support for Obama over challenger Mitt Romney (66.73 percent to 33.27 percent) and supporting former Congressman Inslee over State Attorney General Rob McKenna, 54.77 percent to 45.23 percent.

What do you think? Do you think the student vote has any reflection at all on how their parents might vote -- or the direction that they may vote in the future? Tell us in the comments.

You can read more about the Mock Election on the Secretary of State's website, where results can be broken down by city, county and school.

Statewide results 

Total ballots cast: 38,848

Total ballots cast K - 5th grades: 9,704

Total ballots cast 6th - 12th grades: 29,144

Initiative Measure 1240 - Concerns creation of a public charter school system

 

Votes

Percentage

Yes

18869

50.77%

No

18297

49.23%

 

Referendum Measure 74 - Concerns marriage for same-sex couples

 

Votes

Percentage

Approved

19017

67.47%

Rejected

9167

32.53%

 

Initiative to the Legislature 502 - Concerns marijuana

 

Votes

Percentage

Yes 

13856

49.01%

No

14413

50.99%

 

U.S. President/Vice President

Candidate Name

Votes

Percentage

Barack Obama / Joe Biden

26390

69.01%

Mitt Romney / Paul Ryan

11853

30.99%

 

Governor

Candidate Name

Votes

Percentage

Jay Inslee

21474

57.39%

Rob McKenna

15942

42.61%

Pierce County results

Total ballots cast: 3,431

Total ballots cast K - 5th grades: 943

Total ballots cast 6th - 12th grades: 2,488

Initiative Measure 1240 - Concerns creation of a public charter school system

 

Votes

Percentage

Yes 

1659

53.74%

No

1428

46.26%

 

Referendum Measure 74 - Concerns marriage for same-sex couples

 

Votes

Percentage

Approved 

1463

66.05%

Rejected 

752

33.95%

 

Initiative to the Legislature 502 - Concerns marijuana

 

Votes

Percentage

Yes 

1054

47.63%

No 

1159

52.37%

 

U.S. President/Vice President

Candidate Name

Votes

Percentage

Barack Obama / Joe Biden

2098

66.73%

Mitt Romney / Paul Ryan

1046

33.27%

 

Governor 

Candidate Name

Votes

Percentage

Jay Inslee

1704

54.77%

Rob McKenna

1407

45.23%

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