Erica Sagal believes that children as young as 12 should be allowed to vote in presidential elections.
Maybe that's because the E. Russell Hicks Middle School seventh-grader is 12 years old. And while she can't vote in the Nov. 4 general election, Erica joined thousands of Washington County Public Schools students who recently cast ballots in a mock election. With final results not yet available, local students appeared to be leaning toward Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama by a slim margin.
Obama won handily at Erica's school, where he beat GOP presidential nominee John McCain, 424-190.
The mock election was a partnership between The Herald-Mail's Newspaper in Education Program and Washington County Public Schools.
"The election resembles the election for adults," said Amanda Harrast, 12, an E. Russell Hicks student.
Students voted in the presidential and 6th District Congressional races. They also selected an issue that was important to them and chose a past president they support.