Students, not old enough to vote, find success predicting election outcomes

Published: Nov. 4, 2014 at 10:40 PM EST
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - They're not old enough to vote, but students at Mt. Pleasant's University School are getting pretty good at predicting the outcome of yours.

For the last seven years, students from third to ninth grades, have been surveying voters outside Tri-County precincts, asking them to reveal who and what they voted for.  From there, students tally those results, predicting winners for each category.

This year, students surveyed voters from 8 AM to 1 PM, at 24 precincts including the National Guard Armory, Moultrie Middle School, St. Johns High School, West Ashley Middle, Mary Ford Elementary, and Seacoast Church.

Although the annual project culminates on election day, students spent the entire school year researching the candidates and issues set to appear on the ballot.  Candidates from various parties also paid a visit to the school, speaking with students.

"It makes you feel better when you ask a question and the people's eyes go, wow, you knew about that," said 6th grade student Garrison Wettengel.

"They know what's happening," added faculty member Ann Rowland.

Students also studied how exit polls affect voter behavior if released before polls close.  Click here to view the project results after 7 PM on election night:


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