Marcus Pena, Austin County Tax Assessor/Collector and Election Official, visited Selman Elementary to explain to the second grade students how government works.
Pena said they even get to meet a government official, referring to himself.
“It’s a great chance to teach [the students] about elections. This is a very important presidential election and we wanted to have the kids pick the president,” Pena said.
One hundred and ninety second-grade students voted for president. Ninety-four of the students picked Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Seventy-eight students picked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Twelve students picked Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Six students picked Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.
The students “elected” Donald Trump by 46 percent.
“This is a way that the students can let their voice be heard. As adults, we view the kids as people who don’t really have a voice on what happens in our state or county. But they also have a voice and opinions,” said Pena.
“Austin County can know that Selman Elementary casted their vote for president,” he said.