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Students 'Rock the Vote' in Springfield

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On Tuesday, future leaders are voting for their future leader.

Although they are not old enough to vote in today's election, many students at the Alfred G. Zanetti Montessori School still want their voices heard.

"Most students here don't think it's fair that only people 18 and over get to vote so I think it's really cool that we're able to vote now," said Raymond Cuervo, a student at the Zanetti School.

On Tuesday morning, dozens of fourth, fifth, and sixth graders, equipped with voter registrations, stood in-line to cast their votes for the next U.S. Senate and presidential races.

This was part of the school's first-ever mock election.

"Even if we're not actually voting, and this is just for our school ... that we still get our rights, right now," said student Genesis Easy.

However, the kids didn't just get voting experience. Some students also got the chance to volunteer at the polling stations by handing out stickers, registering voters and collecting ballots.

"I was helping ... making sure that everyone was putting their ballots in the ballot box," said Kiana Ramos.

"I think they appreciate being valued and having their voice heard, and just getting that chance to really think about if I were actually voting, who would I vote for," said Lindsay Franke, a fourth and fifth-grade teacher at the Zanetti School.

On this Election Day, many students have a pretty good idea of who they would vote for if they were 18.

"Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren," said Ezekiel Clayton.

"Definitely vote for Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren," said Easy.

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