They’ve been conducting the student vote since the 1940 presidential election; this year, some 153,000 students, ranging from kindergarteners up to high school seniors, voted online or through mail-in paper ballots.
How seriously should we take all of this? Well, the Scholastic presidential vote’s only been wrong twice: In 1948, the student electorate chose Republican Thomas E. Dewey over the winning incumbent president Harry S. Truman (don’t worry kids, even some newspapers famously got that one wrong on election night). And in 1960, they wrongly said that sitting Republican vice president Richard M. Nixon would beat out the eventual winner-in-a-squeaker, John F. Kennedy.
On the other hand, those 13 percent of “other” candidates written in nationwide (a larger percentage than in previous Scholastic Student Votes) included “Mom,” Kanye West, Spider Man and bacon.
M-m-m, bacon. Maybe we should take them seriously!