6:08 AM EDT, November 1, 2012
With five days to go until Election Day, students at several Washington Township schools are participating in a mock election Thursday.
All 792 students at Allisonville Elementary "registered" to vote. For days, students in first through fifth grade have been learning about the issues and deciding which topics matter the most to them.
"I don't really think we have any undecided at this moment," said Pam Weiger, who is helping run the mock election at the International Baccalaureate elementary school.
Weiger said the goal is "to build students who care about the world and who are informed and knowledgeable enough to make a difference."
Fifth-grade student Windsor Bonds said she already feels the experience has been beneficial.
"I think it's really good that we're learning about it and we know how to act and interact with it," Bonds said, "so then we know how to use that to our advantage when we grow up."
As for their votes, the students Fox 59 News spoke with were split.
Bonds and classmate Martay Mask support Pres. Barack Obama.
"A lot of people aren't having homes or anything to eat, so I think Obama should raise the taxes on millionaires and billionaires," Bonds said.
"I trust Barack Obama one more time to fix it because Mitt Romney might change his mind again," Mask added.
Former Gov. Mitt Romney had a similar share of support.
"I think Mitt Romney should be the president for the education I think," Camilla Ullom said.
"I'm gonna vote for Mitt Romney," said John Stroke. "Ever since Barack Obama's been president, not that it's gotten worse, but the problems stayed the same."
All the students Fox 59 spoke with said they hope their drive to become informed well before their eighteenth birthdays helps inspire people who are old enough to vote to learn about the issues as well.