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, number of children). South, 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 to eighth graders. A total of 375 students voted: South 123, Crawfordsville Middle School 126, and Northridge 126. See the following chart.

After placing the completed ballot in the ballot box, each student received an “I Voted” sticker, a copy of the FOCUS on Montgomery County: A citizen’s guide to local government and public resources, a 115 page book prepared by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, and “Where do I Vote” card with dates and locations of early voting October 10-November 5, Election Day Voting-November 6, and Early Voting by Mail.
David and Ginny Maharry coordinated the League project. Other volunteers were: Linda Airey, Oscar Anderson, Nancy Bennett, James Cherry Sr, Sheridan Hadley, Dave Long, Dian Moore, Gail Pebworth, and Marie Stocks.
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: www.lwvmontco.org or send a message to LWV, PO Box 101 , Crawfordsville, IN 47933

VOTING RESULTS
Issue #1 – Is Cyber-bullying on social networking sites such as Facebook or Instagram a problem at our school?
South Crawfordsville Northridge Total of all schools
Yes 41% 42% 42% 42%
No 59% 58% 58% 58%
Issue #2 – Should cell phones be allowed on your person during the school day?
South Crawfordsville Northridge Total of all schools
Yes 68% 73% 76% 73%
No 32%% 27% 24% 27%
Issue #3 – Should student athletes be required to maintain a C average in order to play?
South Crawfordsville Northridge Total of all schools
Yes 78% 83% 84% 82%
No 22% 17% 16% 18%
Issue #4 – Should students be required to complete community service hours as part of their schooling?
South Crawfordsville Northridge Total of all schools
Yes 35% 45% 36% 39%
No 65% 55% 64% 61%