The Bell County Clerk’s Office held a mock election for students at Bell County High School on Thursday to give students a chance to express their opinions by voting.
Bell County Clerk Rob Lincks and bookkeeper Makenzie Standifer set up the machine just outside of the cafeteria.
“The clerk’s office is really excited to be here,” said Lincks.
Lincks said through the mock election, the clerk’s office gets to teach students a little bit about the voting process.
“The machines are kind of daunting looking or scary, and we get to familiarize them with it,” said Lincks.
Lincks said they also get to teach students how to make corrections if a mistake is made during the voting process.
The reason for the mock election was to get students interested in voting for future elections, he said.
“They get to cast a vote in the mock election, which in turn leads them hopefully into wanting to vote in a real election,” said Lincks. “That’s our purpose — to get them acclimated with the voter process.”
The machine used in the mock election is identical to what will be used on May 20 and the General Election in November, according to Lincks. The machine was set up like an absentee machine.
The clerk’s office also held a mock election at Middlesboro High School on Tuesday. There were 80 students, 59 Republicans and 21 Democrats, who voted during that mock election.
“We felt comfortable it was a success in Middlesboro,” said Lincks. “A bunch of them got really interested… and talked about the process.”
The clerk’s office will also hold a mock election at Pineville High School at 9 a.m. today.
For all the results of the mock election, visit the clerk’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BellCoCourtClerk.
Below are some of the results from the Middlesboro mock election:
• County Judge-Executive: Republicans - Angela Jackson: 4, Albey Brock: 39, David Miracle: 16; Democrats - S. Bruce Hendrickson: 15, Austin Redmon: 6.
• County Clerk: Republicans - Paul Cawood: 11, John Brock Jr: 17, Matt Asher: 13, Dennis Miller: 6, Carlie Hoskins: 7, Debbie Gambrel: 5; Democrats - Joe Harris: 6, Joyce Hoskins: 13, Charity Collett Hayes: 2.
• Jailer: Republicans - Pam Lawson: 4, John Partin: 9, Katy Cox: 6, Bobby Valentine: 13, Eddie Farmer: 6, Eddie Jones: 4, Randy Venable: 17; Democrats - Jason Gregory: 1, Doyle Halcomb: 2, Gary Ferguson: 18, Bruce Mason: 0.
• Middlesboro Mayor: Bill Kelley: 26, Mike Anderson: 5, Ben Hickman: 8, Bill Wilcox: 13.
Anthony Cloud can be contacted at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.