Election Experience

Last week, our school held a mini mock election. Everyone from fourth to sixth class took part. Here is how we prepared and delivered our election.

To start, we had two political experts come in to tell us about their jobs. The first was Jacqui Cross, she is a solicitor and former civil servant and has a lot of knowledge on politics and elections. She gave us a lot of background information on Irish politics and explained how elections function. She gave us a lot of help organising our own election. Then the former Minister for Education Mary Hanafin came in to talk to us about her political career. She explained the major milestones in her political life. It was interesting to hear about how she came into politics, and her family’s influence, as most of her relatives have been involved in politics.

On Thursday, we viewed 90 second videos sent by each of the candidates running in our constituency. They explained what they intended to do if they were elected. The next day we were all given counterfeit polling cards with our names printed on them. We were called class by class to CroÍ na Scoile which had been set up to look like a Polling Station.

Two people from each class took our polling cards, and handed us our replica ballot papers and crossed our names out so that we couldn’t vote twice. Booths were set up where people could privately vote for the candidates they agreed with most. People had the choice to spoil their vote, and interestingly , only two people spoiled their vote intentionally; However, three votes we spoiled by accident, leaving a total of five invalid votes.

Once everyone had voted, a couple of people from each class stayed to count the ballot papers. The QUOTA for the candidates to reach was 45 votes. In the first count, Josepha Madigan was the first candidate to exceed the QUOTA, with 55 votes.. Next came Neale Richmond in no.2, and in the final count, it was between Deirdre Conroy and Cathrine Martin but Deirdre Conroy received more votes and therefore Catherine Martin was eliminated and we were left with our third candidate. This experience has taught us a lot about modern day politics.

A big thank you to John Armstrong for his expertise in counting the votes and working out the QUOTA and how to distribute the votes.

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The following is a report by Nuala and Suha

Just before the real election, we held our very own mini mock election. Everyone from fourth to sixth class took part. Below is a report from 6th class on what went on: Here is how we prepared and delivered our election.

To start, we had two political experts come in to tell us about their jobs. The first was Jacqui Cross, she is a solicitor and former civil servant and has a lot of knowledge on politics and elections. She gave us a lot of background information on Irish politics and explained how elections function. She gave us a lot of help organising our own election. Then the former Minister for Education Mary Hanafin came in to talk to us about her political career. She explained the major milestones in her political life. It was interesting to hear about how she came into politics, and her family’s influence, as many of her relatives have been involved in politics.

On Thursday, we viewed 90 second videos sent by each of the candidates running in our constituency. They explained what they intended to do if they were elected. The next day we were all given “pretend” polling cards with our names printed on them. We were called class by class to CroÍ na Scoile which had been set up to look like a Polling Station.

Two people from each class were selected to take our polling cards, and handed us our replica ballot papers and crossed our names out so that we couldn’t vote twice. Booths were set up where people could privately vote for the candidates they agreed with most. People had the choice to spoil their vote, and interestingly , only two people spoiled their vote intentionally; However, three votes we spoiled by accident, leaving a total of five invalid votes.

Once everyone had voted, a couple of people from each class stayed to count the ballot papers. The QUOTA for the candidates to reach was 45 votes. In the first count, Josepha Madigan was the first candidate to exceed the QUOTA, with 55 votes.. Next came Neale Richmond in no.2, and in the final count, it was between Deirdre Conroy and Cathrine Martin but Deirdre Conroy received more votes and therefore Catherine Martin was eliminated and we were left with our third candidate. This experience has taught us a lot about modern day politics.

A big thank you to John Armstrong for his expertise in counting the votes and working out the QUOTA and how to distribute the votes and to Jacqui, Hazel and Karen for all their work organising the experience. It was brilliant.