Elementary Electoral Fraud

So, let’s say your kids’ school has a mock presidential election.  Let’s say that you are sitting at the kitchen table and you ask your child about the election. You don’t care who your kid voted for, because you’re more interested in them learning about the election process than about platforms and issues, because elementary school is maybe a little too early for them to be wrestling with issues that adults can’t even begin to work out.  Your child tells you that they had the election and who they voted for. And then they proceed to ask you who one of the candidates is. And you tell them about the candidate and then say, “why do you ask?” And your child says, “Because they told us we couldn’t vote for him. So why was he on there?”

What would you do?

Because I am about ready to go down to the school tomorrow and raise some hell. Which of course I’m not really going to do, because my school is also my polling place, and you can’t do that at a polling place. But I am going there to vote. And while I am there, if the teachers are working, I am seeking out the teachers who were present during my child’s voting experience, and I am going to ask them about it. Because, seriously. Is this not basically electoral fraud? (Not to mention really, really poor teaching, and just very, very dishonest.) Any other ideas about how to go about this? Other than taking my level-headed husband with me?

Here’s another question: Does it matter which candidate the teacher said this about? Answer honestly. Do you care more if they said it about one candidate than if they had said it about another?

Any other thoughts?


  14 comments for “Elementary Electoral Fraud

  1. Erin wheeler
    November 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    It is absolutely unacceptable! No matter who was endorsed. If one of my teachers had done that, I would be having a very serious conversation with them and then apologize to the child. Anne, you have every reason to be upset. However I would encourage your child to ask their teacher the same question he asked you tonight.

  2. Jason Hatfield
    November 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Um, bullshit. I can’t wait to hear what the teacher says.

  3. Dorothy Gould
    November 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Wow! Totally unacceptable! Yes, take thd level head w/ you, but no, do not back down from this one. And to
    It doesn’t matter which candidate it was. It’s wrong either way!

  4. November 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Were they allowed to vote only among the top two choices that’re viable candidates, or were they not allowed to vote for one of THE two? I would be livid if they did the latter, but probably alright with it if they said, “No, we’re not putting Roseanne as a choice, sorry.”

  5. erin wheeler
    November 5, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Our third grade classes wrote and filmed PSAs. Check it out:

  6. Maryann McGrail
    November 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    David and I called BS when G said the first go-’round of ‘voting’ they did ‘didn’t work’…that they had ‘computer issues’. Oh you mean, the result wasn’t what was desired? Hmmmm

  7. SLp
    November 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    rip their ass!

  8. T. Rylands
    November 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    No, it doesn’t matter which one it was. It’s just…wrong.

    Please keep us informed on what you find out. I truly want to know because if that’s true, I’m going to be peeved.

  9. Leelee
    November 6, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Keep me posted. That’s bullshit.

  10. November 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I cry bullshit. Election fraud!

  11. November 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    It doesn’t matter. It’s terrible either way. I am a politics teacher and I tell my students– I don’t care who you vote for, just vote.
    I also make it really clear that I am very liberal, and that that is just my opinion, not a question of “right” or “wrong”.
    As an aside, our school had the mock election and my kids picked two different candidates– and I’m really proud of both of them for the reasons they picked.

  12. November 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Are you freakin’ serious?! I’d tear them apart! Isn’t that the point of voting? To figure it out for yourself?!

  13. November 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I totally agree with Erin. And no- it doesn’t matter which candidate the teacher said the kids couldn’t vote for. The whole point is that we can vote for whichever candidate we believe in and trust to lead our country.

  14. November 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Yay for so many comments – Been a while since I’ve written, and it is nice to get some feedback. I will post an update in the next day or two.

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