3rd graders react to the election

After a mock election of their own, 3rd graders discuss the results

CREATED Nov 7, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 7, 2012

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CEDARBURG - One day after a mock election of their own, third graders at Thorson Elementary School are still abuzz after casting their first ballot.  "It was just really exciting for me to know who's going to be the next President of the United States of America," eight-year-old Andrew tells TODAY'S TMJ4's Jesse Ritka.

"The winner of our election in 3rd grade was Mr. Mitt Romney," Third grade teacher Karen announces to the 75 plus students.  And while the Cedarburg eight and nine-year-olds didn't elect the president, their mini election proved how much they are listening and learning about politics.

"I voted for Mitt Romney because in the last 4 years our economy was falling apart and Iran was on the next step for building a nuclear weapon," nine-year-old Jackson explains.

Eight-year-old Tyler agrees, "Mitt Romney because he'd lower taxes and Obama had higher taxes than Romney.  One thing that I looked at that I thought was funny was he said 'Get money from your parents.'"

But Steven cast his vote for the incumbent, "I decided to vote for Obama because I knew my family, and I saw more commercials that were good for Obama, so I decided that it looked like he was going to do a better job."

This presidential election really opened their eyes to the voting process.  Nine-year-old Elena found out how long it takes for all of the votes to be counted, "Mitt Romney he was winning in the night I think and in the morning I found out that Obama has won, so it had really changed."

"It matters a lot about population, like Alaska's huge but and Romney won it but that's not really going to do him any good because there's only like 2 electoral colleges," explains Jackson.

But they can't wait to voice their opinion when they become registered voters.  "I always thought that my vote really should count but I know that kids don't always understand everything to learn about the president so that's why we have to vote later on," says Elena.

And while it may have been the first time marking the ballot for many of the future voters, after this election, it certainly won't be their last.