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Archive: November 2012

Regional sample of adult education students predict another four years for Obama

Last week, despite Hurricane Sandy, almost 4500 adult learners from adult education centers across New England participated in mock elections designed to prepare them for casting real ballots on election day. According to this sample of adult students, President Obama will win by a large majority (84%), Massachusetts will not allow life-ending medication for the terminally ill or the medical use of marijuana, Rhode Island will allow casino gambling in Newport, Maine will keep its ban on gay marriage, and several states will pass bond initiatives.

The mock elections were coordinated by the non-partisan Voter Education, Registration, and Action (VERA) campaign, which aims to educate adult students about the electoral process, help them learn about the campaign issues and ballot questions, and mobilize them to participate in the democratic process on November 6. The mock elections also provide an opportunity for hundreds of immigrants who cannot vote to learn how electoral politics work in the United States.

VERA, a project of the New England Literacy Resource Center at World Education, is one response to statistics showing that adults who have not completed a high school education are the least likely to vote. In the 2010 election, only 25% of U.S. adults lacking a high school diploma voted compared to 39% of high school graduates and 60-70% of adults with a college or advanced degree.

During the past four federal elections, VERA has provided resources that help adults discuss the civic issues that matter to them, research candidate views on those issues, analyze campaign advertising, and learn about voter rights and responsibilities.

On election day, hundreds of newly-registered adult learners will vote for the first time. They are eager to exercise this right and to see how the actual state and national results compare to their mock election tallies.

 

New England VERA Results

 

President/Vice President

 

 

Barack Obama/Joe Biden

Democratic Party

3660

Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan

Republican Party

598

Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala

Green Party

41

Gary Johnson/James Gray

Libertarian Party

120

Write-in

 

 

4

Total

 

 

4423

 

 

 

 

Connecticut Senate

 

 

Murphy

 

Democratic Party

534

McMahon

 

Republican Party

158

Total

 

 

692

 

 

 

 

Maine Senate

 

 

 

Dill

 

Democratic Party

341

Summers

 

Republican Party

63

King

 

Independent Party

220

Total

 

 

404

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts Senate

 

 

Warren

 

Democratic Party

1201

Brown

 

Republican Party

209

Total

 

 

1410

 

 

 

 

New Hampshire Governor

 

 

Hassan

 

Democratic Party

911

Lamontagne

 

Republican Party

485

Babiarz

 

Libertarian Party

2

Total

 

 

404

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on November 6, 2012 | Read more in: News

 
 

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