LAKEWOOD, WA — Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama was named the landslide victor in a student-sponsored mock election at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom on Tuesday.
Obama claimed 69 percent (307 total votes) to Republican nominee John McCain’s 26 percent (113 total votes). A distant third went to Independent nominee Ralph Nader, who took 2 percent (10 total votes).
In Tuesday’s mock election, which was conducted by the Associated Students of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 443 people, including Pierce College students, employees, and visitors, voted using secret ballots. The election was part of the student government’s effort to raise voting awareness on campus and to encourage students to vote in the Nov. 4 general election.
“We decided to do this to raise the awareness that the general election is next week and to get people excited about voting and the entire democratic process,” said Megan Cieplik, ASPCFS senator and Pierce student. “This experience has also been great in answering the questions that some people have about the voting process, like ‘How do I find where my polling place is?’ or ‘How do I mark my official ballot?’ My sincere hope is that this encourages more college-age voters to go out and vote.”