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For the past 48 years, students at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School have been casting their “votes” to determine the winner of each presidential election.
And for the past 48 years, the school has never been wrong.
The school is a melting pot, Moore said, which may have contributed to its accuracy over the years.
“We have minority groups, students that speak English as a second language, white collar, blue collar,” Moore said. “It could be representative of the nation.”
With another heated election underway, again, the students headed to the voting booths during a mock presidential election last Wednesday to continue a tradition that has taken place at the Yorktown Heights, New York, school since it opened in 1968.
“Every year since Nixon, we’ve correctly predicted [the outcome of the election] based on the popular vote,” Moore explained. “We do our own electoral votes based on enrollment in the classes.”
For months, the students have been learning about the candidates, who they only know as “Candidate A” and “Candidate B.” Instead of voting based on personalities and popularity, the students focus on the issues at hand.
“We talk about exact facts and issues and put them on two sides of a spreadsheet,” Moore said. “Then the students debate the facts in class.”
By the end of the school day, after teachers calculated the votes and added them to a spreadsheet, there was a clear winner: Hillary Clinton.
The Democratic presidential hopeful won with 52 percent (277 votes) compared to Republican rival Donald Trump with 43 percent (230 votes).