More than 60 Lincoln-Way North High School students gathered at the school Tuesday night to track election results and witness history in the making.
“We wanted to see what the outcome would be,” said 16-year-old sophomore Jill Allen, a member of the school’s history honor society Pi Sigma Pi.
“This is our first election where we’re old enough to understand and appreciate what’s going on,” added classmate Abby Peterson.
Social Science teacher and Pi Sigma Pi sponsor Kevin McCleish organized the event, inviting members of the school’s history honor society to track election results as they came in.
“Pi Sigma Pi members have been eagerly anticipating this night for quite some time,” said McCleish. “We have an extremely active and politically informed membership and thought it would be great to get together and witness history as it happened.”
More than 60 Pi Sigma Pi members gathered in the school’s community room at 6:30 p.m. to watch live newscasts on a large projection screen. Many tracked the results by filling in a map of the United States with red or blue whenever a candidate carried a state.
Electoral votes were posted on a whiteboard.
“It’s not official until they count every county,” McCleish told students.
Shortly before 8 p.m., an election judge who was stationed at Frankfort Precinct 14 inside Lincoln-Way North High School all day, stopped by the community room to talk about his role in the election and voter turnout in Precinct 14.
“We had tremendous results today,” he told students, explaining how 75 percent of the precinct’s 1,200 registered voters turned out Tuesday to vote.
That number was significantly higher than the 100 voters who turned out for the primary election in March, he added.
Students were interested to learn that Barack Obama carried Precinct 14 by five votes.
“Every vote counts,” said Bob Bong, the election judge.