The EKU Department of Government Celebrates Constitution Day!
Every September, EKU celebrates Constitution Day on the 17th of September (though as the 17th fell on a Saturday, we celebrated early this year). We commemorate the 229 years since the signing of the Constution with panels, parties, and during this election season -a mock election!
EKU worked in conjunction with the Madison County Clerk's Office to hold a mock election complete with official ballots and voting machines. Students and faculty from the Department of Government and Economics staffed the polling place in the Powell Underground and all EKU students, and the students at the EKU Model Lab School came and voted throughout the day.
Meanwhile, at the Powell Corner, the traditional handing out of Federal and State Constitutions continued through the day, with the addition of the board of campaigning. Behind the board is the chalking to commemorate the 15th anniversay of 9/11, celebrated earlier in the week.
And the end of the day, the Department faculty counted up the "absentee votes" cast by students from Model, and added them to the official counts from the Clerk's Office. We learned how the voting machines work, and also the importance of cable ties in keeping everything in working order so that the ballots are not damaged when they are cast. It was so interesting, a couple of faculty decided to volunteer as election workers for the real election this November. A win, I am certain, for the Constitution.
The final vote talley for the EKU mock election was:
42% for Donald Trump
32% for Hillary Clinton
11% for Gary Johnson
7% for Jill Stein
8% for write-in candidates
The EKU Department of Government celebrates Constitution Day every year around September 17. For more information and photos on this and previous Constitution Days, see our archive.
*This webpage is to comply with Federal regulations regarding the celebration and publicizing of Constitution Day.