FLINT TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (2/6/2018) - Tuesday was the first voting experience for dozens of students at Carman Ainsworth High School.
They were extra excited because the voting equipment is brand new. But it wasn't just the students that were having the trial run during the mock election.
"We spent over $800,000 in new election equipment countywide," said Genesee County Clerk John Gleason.
During the election, the clerk's office tested the new equipment. While the new equipment was still functional, Gleason said it was time for something new.
Students had the chance to vote on their elective options for the following year. According to students it gave them a feeling for what they can expect when they head to the booths later in life.
"All of us are interacting with each other learning what voting is really about," said senior Nakiya Early. "Some of the other students are saying they don't want to vote, but no vote is a vote."
Students also said it was teaching them about how the process actually work.
"Most seniors like myself haven't yet registered to vote even though we're eligible, and then you have the juniors, sophomores and freshman coming down here and learning how to vote so they'll be ready in the future," said Chance McClendon.
Gleason said the mock election was about preparing the new equipment for use in this year's elections and preparing the next generation for their civic duty.
"If you get the habit created then its just like any other habit in live. If you get in the habit of voting then you'll turn up at the next election and you'll vote for the rest of your life," he said.