Elementary students hold class officer elections on county clerk's voting machine

Published: Oct. 2, 2019 at 6:14 PM EDT
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Students at Beaver Creek Elementary spent part of their day making some very tough decisions on who they should vote for student body officers.

"I want to encourage them to become voters," said Beaver Creek Elementary teacher Larry Hayes.

While many schools might use a paper ballot, the Knott County Clerk actually brought in voting machines for the kids to use.

"It has been my desire to come to these schools and teach these children that you need to vote," said Knott County Clerk Reci Cornett.

This gave them an experience of what is to come once they turn 18 and the opportunity to improve the school.

"We got to develop them here because in just a few short years these kids are going to be in offices," explained Hayes.

So no matter what platforms these future leaders run on, the goal is to encourage the students to get out and vote years down the road.