NEWHALL – Democrats may be gaining strength nationwide but Santa Clarita’s youth wants to stay with the GOP, according to the results of a mock election this week on one high school campus. To increase students’ awareness of politics and the voting process, Hart High School students participated in a mock vote. More than 60 percent of the 2,000 high schoolers chose Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to remain the state’s governor, and kept their rightward leaning by picking Republican Richard Mountjoy for the U.S. Senate. The students also voted on ballot propositions, and overwhelmingly approved Proposition 1D, which would increase funds for schools and colleges, and Proposition 83, which would increase punishment for sex offenders. Proposition 85, requiring parental notification for a minor to receive an abortion, was shot down, but not by much. And in a fiscally conservative decision, teens decided they didn’t want to pay more at the pump and voted no on Proposition 87, which would increase oil taxes and support alternative energy programs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system “It feels good to be aware of what’s going on in California and to prepare for the future,” 11th-grader Justin Fisher said. He said he planned to share his voting experience with his family and discuss some of the issues that affect him. Many students said they enjoyed being able to vote on some of the propositions they felt tied to – particularly 85 and 1D. “It was nice. It gave me a voice,” Sarmiento said. Ashley Karminski, 17, said she felt the experience would help her teach her mom a few things. Kaminski’s history teacher handed the class pamphlets and booklets on the ballot issues. “I don’t think I have ever seen my mom look at a voting booklet,” Kaminski said. The mock election was designed to expand on classroom lesson plans dealing with the Constitution, and give students the opportunity to experience democracy in action. “We wanted them to see what it can mean to vote and how they can make a difference,” Assistant Principal Mark Crawford said. Hart officials distributed voter registration cards to students who are or soon will be eligible to vote. [email protected] (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!