Falkville Elementary students vote for the first time during school’s mock election

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FALKVILLE, Ala. - You likely waited in long lines to cast your vote on Tuesday, but one special polling place moved voters through quickly. Then again, they only chose between two presidential candidates. Also, the voters were all well below the official voting age because they are students at Falkville Elementary.

Second grader Landen Fields cast his ballot for the President of the United States for the first time. He said he felt good about his decision as he looked over his homemade voter ID card.

Fields' enthusiasm delights fourth and fifth grade teacher Linda Grissom.

"I don't want them to be scared to vote," Grissom said. "I want them go get out there, when they turn 18 and have no issues going to cast their vote."

Grissom laughed as she recalled how the students told her who they are choosing for the election. This is the second time she has prepared a mock election for the Pre-K through fifth grade students.

"Some of the kids I've talked to, they were in Kindergarten and first grade, maybe some in second, when I did this and they remember it," Grissom said.

As a service member's daughter, she knows the right to vote is important.

"My dad was a World War II veteran, and that meant a lot," Grissom said. "He fought for that freedom to be able to cast that vote and I want them to know, get out and do it."

Nearly 300 Falkville Elementary students cast their votes during Tuesday's mock election.  Donald Trump won 310 to 79, according to Mrs. Grissom.

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