Leslie Sysko
The Upper School community at Tower Hill voted in a “Mock Presidential Election” during its Advisory meeting time on Thursday, November 1, 2012. Faculty advisors were given ballots upon which they and their advisees, usually 8 students, could cast their votes. The votes were counted as both popular votes and electoral college votes; the electoral college was devised by Arturo Bagley, Upper School History teacher, to proportionally represent the states’ actual number of electoral votes. For example, Mrs. Sysko’s advisory was comprised of 5 Texas and 5 Tennessee electoral votes. This unbiased division among Advisory groups renders the customary electoral map a bit unique–the red and blue states aren’t where they might typically be–, but that only augments the educational value of the Mock Election. 

Arturo Bagley said of the Mock election, “The most important purpose of the election was to get students to think about an important and historic event that is taking place around us and to get them to consider how they feel about the important issues that the nation faces and that the new president will have to address.  The other purpose is for them to get a sense of the electoral college and how individual votes are filtered through the electoral process.”
When asked to comment on the validity of the Electoral College, Bagley said, “Personally, I believe that the electoral college is a relic of another era.  Whatever its merits might have been in the past, it is an institution not suited to the nation we are today.  In our system of government, authority is derived from the will of the people, and over the years we have added groups (African Americans, women, people without property, etc.) in the belief that every citizen should have his or her vote heard.  When the will of the people is interfered with by the Electoral College, even though it has happened only rarely (four times), it is a blot on that sacred principle.  Anyone who agrees with that point of view should support a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College.”

The results of the 2012 Mock Presidential Election are in! Barack Obama received 159 total popular votes to Mitt Romney’s 117, and 344 electoral votes to Romney’s 194.
Students are encouraged to wear red, white, or blue on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

Mock Election Map