At 16, Calif. Students Say They're Ready To Vote They are well-informed and ready to vote. But they are too young to cast a ballot tomorrow. A group of 16-year-old high school students from Pasadena, Calif., explains why they are excited about the elections, even though they can't make their voices heard officially.
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At 16, Calif. Students Say They're Ready To Vote

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At 16, Calif. Students Say They're Ready To Vote

At 16, Calif. Students Say They're Ready To Vote

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Pooja Shah and Will Hunter volunteer at the election table for the MyVote California student mock election. Ki-Min Sung/NPR hide caption

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Teaching U.S. history is easier in an election year.

"There's automatic engagement; there's automatic relevance to everything," history teacher Alfredo Mathew of Blair International Baccalaureate School in Pasadena, Calif., tells Madeleine Brand.

But his students' excitement comes with frustration — mostly because they are too young to vote.

The issue that most concerns them? The economy. And in some cases, they see the issue differently than their parents.

Students' votes — cast in a mock election at school — were influenced by information-gathering that extended far beyond their families, they say. Can you guess who won?

(You can read about the results of the statewide mock election on our blog.)