Student Election Results Reflect a Split Student Body

ATARA KAHN

The 2016 United States presidential election was rife with vicious rhetoric, outrageous scandals, and an overall lack of civility. In contrast, the Berman mock presidential election was noiseless, mature, and marked by general acceptance.

Granted, this reaction could have been a result of Clinton’s win or because of widespread student disinterest. However, there were some characteristics of the Berman election that, like the 2016 presidential election, made it one to remember.

Rabbi Trencher, the dean of students, worked tirelessly behind the scenes throughout the whole election process creating and monitoring the election ballot for students. He used the program Jotform, and sent it out to students on their MJBHA Gmail accounts as a survey.

Although this technique seemed flawless, Rabbi Trencher later found a slight glitch in the system which allowed one student to vote every fifteen seconds for candidate Jill Stein, under the title “freshman girl.”

Rabbi Trencher also found that the ballot would only work for one family member per household, meaning that students who had another sibling in the high school could only vote in the school building and not at home.

These glitches were thankfully not detrimental and the election resumed with Clinton winning after receiving 45.1 percent of the vote. Donald Trump received 42.5 percent, Gary Johnson 10.4 percent, Jill Stein 1.3 percent, and Evan Mcmullin .6 percent.

With Maryland being an overwhelmingly Democratic state, these election results were surprising. Almost half out the student body voted for the Republican nominee Donald Trump as opposed to the two to one majority Democratic vote the state had in the real presidential election.