Friday, October 31, 2014

If kids could vote, Cathy McMorris Rodgers would win and universal background checks would pass

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 4:30 PM

click to enlarge Kids these days like smaller class sizes and gun control. - YOUNG KWAK
Young Kwak
Kids these days like smaller class sizes and gun control.
More than 18,000 kids in K-12 schools cast their votes in Washington's "Mock Election" this week. They narrowly passed Initiative 1351 to reduce class sizes (51 percent to 49 percent), overwhelming supported I-594 for universal background checks (69 percent to 31 percent), and soundly rejected anti-gun control measure I-591 (55 percent to 45 percent). 

Student-voter turnout, according to a proud press release from the Secretary of State's office, was the second-highest in Mock Election history. (Hey grown-ups, think we can do better?)

Kids in Spokane schools voted to send Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers back to Congress, 57 percent to 43 percent. They also would create a headache for the state Supreme Court by passing both of Washington's dueling gun initiatives: 56 percent supported I-591 while 68 percent approved I-594. You can click here to see the full breakdown of results by county, city and school.


For the voting adults out there, check out all of our election coverage here

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