"A true man will speak, not in humble whispers, lest he offend potentates and powers, but in clarion tones, swerving neither to the right nor to the left, till at last his words of fire burn through dull understandings and into cold hearts."
Friday, October 31, 2008
This Just In: Obama Carries Arkansas
Secretary of State Charlie Daniels today announced the statewide results of the 2008 National Student/Parent Mock Election. The winner of the much-anticipated race for US President and Vice President was Senator Barack Obama and Senator Joe Biden with a vote of 49,088. Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin received 34,393 votes. This is a hopeful sign that our children are less affected by racism than an older generation. Arkansas students also went for the Lottery Amendment and voted against the Arkansas Family Council gay-bashing and anti-fornication proposal.
Around 140,000 students from about 500 schools statewide participated in Mock Election Day, which serves to educate students from kindergarten to 12th grade on the importance of voting by actively involving them in a full-fledged campaign and national election.
“Student mock elections are a valuable exercise in democracy for our future voters and civic leaders,” Daniels said. “Every election year, we seem to have more participants and more enthusiasm for the process. Through this program, our youth get to have a voice in determining the future of our state and country.”
The Arkansas Mock Election ballot included all of the statewide races and the five ballot issues. Fifth grade gifted and talented students from Gibbs International Magnet Elementary School in Little Rock tallied the votes today from a tabulation station in the Capitol’s second floor rotunda.
For more information on the National Student/Parent Mock Election, visit the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.arkansas.gov/mock_election/ and www.nationalmockelection.org.
The final Arkansas 2008 Mock Election results are as follows:
President and Vice President Barack Obama / Joe Biden - Democrat Votes: 49,088 Bob Barr / Wayne Allyn Root - Libertarian Votes: 569 Chuck Baldwin / Darrell L. Castle - Constitution Votes: 398 Cynthia McKiney / Rosa Clemente - Green Votes: 710 Gloria La Riva / Eugene Puryear - Socialism and Liberation Votes: 220 John McCain / Sarah Palin - Republican Votes: 34,393 Ralph Nader / Matt Gonzalez - Independent Votes: 1,513
US Senate Rebekah Kennedy - Green Votes: 9,795 US Senator Mark Pryor - Democrat Votes: 20,615
US Congress District 3 Abel Noah Tomlinson - Green Votes: 5,681 Congressman John Boozman - Republican Votes: 10,459
Proposed Constitutional Amendments and Referred Questions
Constitutional Amendment #3 A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AUTHORIZING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO ESTABLISH, OPERATE, AND REGULATE STATE LOTTERIES TO FUND SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS FOR ARKANSAS CITIZENS ENROLLED IN CERTIFIED TWO-YEAR AND FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN ARKANSAS For Constitutional Amendment #3 Votes: 18,556 Against Constitutional Amendment #3 Votes: 6,847
Proposed Initiative Act #1 AN ACT PROVIDING THAT AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS COHABITATING OUTSIDE OF A VALID MARRIAGE MAY NOT ADOPT OR BE A FOSTER PARENT OF A CHILD LESS THAN EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD For Proposed Initiative Act 1 Votes: 11,585 Against Proposed Initiative Act 1 Votes: 12,563