The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County provided a “Registration and Voting” booth at the Business and Professional Women’s annual Reality Store held Monday at the Boys & Girls Club. The BPW’s Reality Store exposes eighth graders in Montgomery County to the realities of adult life with students being assigned a profession, salary, and family situations (single, married, divorced, number of children). South Montgomery Junior High, Crawfordsville Middle School, and Northridge students participated in this year’s Reality Store.
Students moved from booth to booth with checkbooks, calendars and clipboards, making decisions based on their scenarios to pay for taxes, housing, utilities, insurance, transportation, clothing, groceries, child care, furniture, medical expenses, entertainment, pets, charitable gifts and more. Many students were forced to take a “second job” or visit the bank to take out a loan when their funds fell short. It was a very eye-opening experience for the students.
The League’s Register and Vote Booth was “FREE.” Upon visiting the League’s booth, students were “registered” to vote by locating where they live on a Crawfordsville or Montgomery County map. Once registered, the students were given a ballot and directed to a voting booth in order to cast their opinion on four issues of interest. A total of 380 students voted: South 124, Crawfordsville Middle School 138, and Northridge 118. See the following chart.

Issue #1 –In the U.S. on average women earn 80.7% of what a man makes doing the same job. For example, if a man makes a salary of $50,000 per year for a job, a woman might earn $47,409. Should a woman be paid the same salary as a man for doing the same job?
South Crawfordsville Northridge Total of all schools
Yes 96% 94% 89% 354 93%
No 4% 6 % 11% 26 7%
Issue #2 – The U.S. government is considering a policy which will allow zero (0) numbers of refugees to enter the U.S. A refugee is defined as: a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. Do you agree with this policy?
South Crawfordsville Northridge Total of all schools
Yes 25% 24% 33% 104 27%
No 75% 76% 67% 277 73%
Issue #3 – Indiana does not require a background check for the purchase of a gun between private citizens. Do you agree?
South Crawfordsville Northridge Total of all schools
Yes 25% 16% 33% 93 24%
No 75% 84% 67% 288 76%

After placing the completed ballot in the ballot box, each student received an “I Voted” sticker,
Linda Airey & Mary Lou Dawald coordinated the League project. Other Volunteers were: Nancy Bennett, Jim Cherry, Sheridan Hadley, Cherylyn Hunter, Dave Long, Dian Moore, Gail Pebworth, and Lynn Robison.
The League’s participation in the Reality Store is an effort to encourage the eighth grade students in Montgomery County to take seriously their responsibility to participate in the electoral process when they reach the age of 18 and become eligible to vote.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan, multi-issue political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase public understanding of major issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. All men and women are invited to join LWV where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement. For information about the League, visit the website: or send a message to LWV, PO Box 101 , Crawfordsville, IN 47933