Girls Voting at Girl Power 2008 Elect Barack Obama


Girls Voting at Girl Power 2008 Elect Barack Obama

Indianapolis November 5, 2008 — The Center on Congress joined Riley Hospital for Children (a Clarian Health Partner) at Girl Power 2008 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 11, 2008 to reach out to the 1,021 girls, parents and leaders who attended this year's event. Girl Power works to promote positive self-esteem and body image for girls ages 7-14 and provides these girls with the tools to make healthy choices and maintain healthy lifestyles through a wide variety of activities.

The Center on Congress had a booth to promote the Power of Information and raise awareness about representative democracy and the importance of civic engagement. Included in the booth activities were a Governmental Trivia game which the girls enjoyed playing to win a pen or post-it notepad and a mock election. The girls in attendance "registered" in the morning and returned in the afternoon to "vote" for the presidential candidates on the actual ballot: Barack Obama, John McCain, Bob Barr, and Write-in's.

The Center's goals for the event was to empower the girls with the knowledge of the voting process, encourage them to participate in the democratic process and become politically informed as they approach the voting age. Each "voter" was given an information sheet describing the major issues of the candidate to help girls make an informed decision. With the help of the Marion County clerk's office, the girls were able to use real voting machines to learn how to cast a valid vote early in their lives. Hopefully this experience will encourage them to vote when they come of age.

After registering 283 girls out of the more than 800 girls in attendance, voter turnout was high with 79.5% of girls returning to vote. Many girls were excited to get the chance to vote and this statistic demonstrates their genuine interest in participating in the voting process.

The results of the Girl Power 2008 mock Presidential election are:

Barack Obama: 146 votes for 64.9% of the vote
John McCain: 71 votes for 31.6% of the vote
Bob Barr: 7 votes for 3.1% of the vote
Write-in: 1 vote for 0.4% of the vote

Thus, just like the citizens of the nation, girls attending Girl Power voted to elect Barack Obama to be the next president of the United States.