Posted at: 10/24/2012 6:25 PM
Updated at: 10/24/2012 6:26 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News
With less than two weeks until the election, students at Taylor Middle School are in full campaign mode. Of course, middle schoolers aren't old enough to vote but that isn't stopping them from learning how it all works.
They've got their own electoral map. They even have all the messages down. But unlike the "real election", underdog candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has a voice at Taylor Middle School's mock election. 8th grader Adam Armijo is backing Johnson.
"Sometimes you don't feel like a Coke or Pepsi. Maybe you want a Dr. Pepper. And just having the option for Americans, sometimes there are Americans that are different than everybody else," Armijo said.
the halls are plastered with campaign signs. There are even rallies in the cafeteria. The kids are engaged and paying more attention to this election. But like most things, lessons start at home. Mitt Romney supporter Tyler Zarick is getting tired of all the ads. "I don't usually pay that much attention to it. I just hear what my parents say more than what actually going on. Honestly, it doesn't interest me that much," Zarick said.
There is one thing that all three sides could agree on: they'd all like to see the electoral college system become a thing of the past. President Obama supporter Michael Romero thinks its days should be numbered.
"It should be changed to where popular vote should be cast to election for President," Romero said.
Romney supporter Zarick may not agree on candidates, but this he agrees on. "I think it should be more of the popular vote than the electoral college. If more people want a candidate to be in then that candidate should be in. Not just because people in the state," Zarick said.
No matter who wins, they've learned how elections work. It's a lesson that teacher Ryil Adamson lasts for many elections to come.
"When November 7th rolls around and the election is all over and our election is all over, they will remember this election in a special, different way than they remembered it before," Adamson said.