PHOTOS: Preparing to Vote for the First Time

New English speakers and several newly minted citizens (having spent the required five years waiting to become Americans) were brought through the voting process by a quartet of enthusiastic instructors at NSCAP headquarters on Central Street.

On Nov. 1, 45 adults in North Shore Community Action Programs' English for Speakers of Other Languages program participated in a mock election to get ready for when they will cast their ballots for real next Tuesday.

The students have come to the United States and Peabody from all over the globe -- Morocco, Albania, Senegal are just a few of the native lands represented.

NSCAP staff set up in the agency's offices at 75 Central St. with copies of the ballot, thanks to the City Clerk's office, and one of the temporary voting booths from City Hall.

Three teachers (who are all from Peabody) have spent the past few weeks teaching their adult students vocabulary related to the candidates, their positions and the statewide ballot questions this year.

Several of the students are also new American citizens who will be voting for the first time on Nov. 6, while some students still have to finish out their five-year waiting period to become citizens -- they served as volunteers instead in Thursday's mock election.

As for the results, it was a Democratic landslide all the way.

President/Vice President Candidate Votes Obama & Biden 42 Romney & Ryan 0 Johnson & Gray 1 Stein & Honkala 0 Senator in Congress Scott Brown 2 Elizabeth Warren 39 Representative in Congress

John Tierney 36 Richard Tisei 4 Governor's Councilor Maura Ciardiello 1 Eileen Duff 40 Senator in General Court Richard Jolitz 1 Joan Lovely 39 Ballot Question 1 Yes 17 No 14 Ballot Question 2

Yes 2 No 32 Ballot Question 3 Yes 2 No 32


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