Eligible 18-year-old students in Lee Pastor’s government class at Montevallo High School filled out voter registration paperwork and participated in a mock election today.
Kim Melton with the Shelby County Probate Office, Gwen Brown from the Shelby County Office of Disability Rights and Resources, and Emily Gravitt from the Shelby County Board of Registrars visited with the students to explain about voter registration and the voting process itself. After completing their voter registration paperwork, students were also able to complete a mock ballot and practice with both a regular voting machine, as well as the AutoMARK machine. The AutoMARK machine assists voters who are blind, visually impaired, or have a disability or condition that makes it difficult to traditionally mark a ballot.
As part of their mock ballot, students also had the opportunity to vote for their favorite Social Studies teacher, although their choices were limited to: 1. Mrs. Pastor; 2. Alyce Pastor; 3. Lee Pastor; or 4. Mrs. Alyce Lee Pastor.
Pastor said she is very excited that her students were able to learn about this important part of being a United State citizen, especially since this is an election year.
“We are very excited about this since they will be able to vote in the 2016 election,” Pastor said. “As government teacher – this is basically one of the most important real-world applications of what we learn in government class.”