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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

October 22, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Election day is right around the corner, but some local elementary school students in Dougherty County have already gone to the polls.

About 200 students in grades K - 5 cast their ballots for president in the Gifted Center's first ever mock election. While it may be a few years before they are official voters, these youngsters are getting an early lesson on the importance of voting.

"We want the same enthusiasm when they turn 18 running to register to vote as they do when they turn 16 and they're running to get their drivers licenses," said teacher Anne Dodson.

 "When I get 18, I'll already be experienced on how to vote and what to do," said 4th grade student Zamaria Shead.

So far Obama has a slight lead over McCain in the school's early mock polls. The winner will be announced November 3rd.

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