"Not very many kids get to do this," said Tripp Middle School student Jada Boutin. "It's really neat to see all of the candidates and participate in all these activities. It's very cool to be here."
On Wednesday, 10 different elementary and middle schools had the opportunity to collect and report the statewide results of this year's student mock election. They met with candidates like Terry Hayes and Zak Ringelstein and learned more about the value of voting.
"In our school we're always talking about it and we are always getting into politics and stuff," said Mt. View Middle School student Ella Sawyer.
"We predicate this type of activity on the fact that these people represent our future and they're going to be the future policy makers and candidates and voters," said Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.
Students were also able to learn about ranked-choice voting.
"We've got a D.C. superhero race going on," said Department of the Secretary of State Spokesperson Kristen Muszynski. "We also have a booth upstairs that lets the kids see how ranked-choice voting works."
Students chose Shawn Moody as Maine's next governor, and incumbents Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin for the U.S. Representative and Congress seats. Angus King won the senate race.
"These results are predictors of how the election does turn out because students tend to vote in line with what their parents think," said Dunlap. "They live in the same house, they hear the same conversations and often share the same philosophies."
Students also voted yes on all five of the referendum questions. For more information on the mock election results, you can visit www.maine.gov/mockelection.