The Youth Vote: Presidential Tally

Sarah Gunderson, a 9-year-old from Minnesota, who threw an election party where youngsters could cast votes. She shares the results of the poll.

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You're listening to Weekend Edition from NPR News. A couple of months ago, we spoke with Sarah Gunderson, a nine-year-old girl from Minnesota. She was excited about this last presidential election, and though she couldn't vote, she lives in Minnesota after all, not Illinois, she threw an election party where youngsters could cast votes and count the results. Sarah Gunderson joins us for her post-election analysis. Sarah, thanks so much for being with us, again.

Ms. SARAH GUNDERSON: Hello.

SIMON: You were expecting 60 people in November. How many youngsters actually came to your house?

Ms. GUNDERSON: Well, we had around 40, 50 kids come.

SIMON: Oh, OK. So, a little bit under what you were expecting?

Ms. GUNDERSON: Mm hmm.

SIMON: Oh, well, it was a school night, after all.

Ms. GUNDERSON: Yeah.

SIMON: And can you tell us how the vote went?

Ms. GUNDERSON: The vote went pretty smoothly. We didn't have any fraud.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Right. In Minnesota, you're sensitive to close counts now, aren't you?

Ms. GUNDERSON: Mm hmm.

SIMON: With what's been going on with Mr. Franken and Senator Coleman. And may we ask who won the presidential ballot at your party?

Ms. GUNDERSON: Obama, by a landslide.

SIMON: Any kidding between the McCain and Obama voters?

Ms. GUNDERSON: No, not really. Didn't really matter who you voted for.

SIMON: So, you decided you like politics?

Ms. GUNDERSON: Yeah. I've decided I like politics.

SIMON: Are you going to volunteer for any campaigns, you think, in the next couple of years?

Ms. GUNDERSON: Well, I want to try because I think it would be kind of fun to get involved in actual politics.

SIMON: They must have a student council at your school?

Ms. GUNDERSON: Uh huh.

SIMON: You run for office there?

Ms. GUNDERSON: I actually couldn't run for student council because I had already gotten on a committee.

SIMON: Oh, election regulations or something. They're very stringent about that in Minnesota, I bet. I'm from Illinois where, you know, anybody can vote, anybody can run, anybody can buy a Senate seat. I ran for safety commissioner of my school when I was in the seventh grade. May I share something with you?

Ms. GUNDERSON: Uh huh.

SIMON: OK. Let me see if I can remember this.

(Singing) Simon for safety commissioner that is the name. Scott Simon for safety commissioner remember that name. Ability, knowledge, experience - experience I was in the seventh grade - experience he's got. That's our man for safety commissioner. Safety first Scott.

What do you think? Would you have voted for me?

Ms. GUNDERSON: Ah, probably not. Well, it's a very nice commercial.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Thank you. Sarah, awfully nice talking to you.

Ms. GUNDERSON: Nice talking to you, too.

SIMON: Sarah Gunderson in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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