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Old 10-24-2008, 05:47 PM   #1
 
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Just curious. What have you done to make sure your children take the responsibility to vote seriously? When each of my kids was first eligible to vote I advised them and made sure they registered. On their first vote I went with them to the polls and took a picture of them as they went into the booth. I treated the entire event as a complete Kodak moment. I do live in a very small town and the poll workers thought it was "cute" that I showed up to take the pictures and therefore participated in my recording of the moment (My kids thought it was less cute, but that's for another post). What have other board members done to encourage young people to vote?
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Old 10-24-2008, 05:51 PM   #2
 
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I haven't done anything special, other than model the behavior myself. My 22 year old voted in the 2004 election, and he'll be voting this time. He's very interested in politics, and I think my younger kids will be also, because they hear the 3 adults in the family discussing it.
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Old 10-24-2008, 05:55 PM   #3
 
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Politics is pretty much all we ever talk about at home so I'm sure my kids will just join in the family fun when they get older. That's how it was when I was a kid.

My 3 year old knows who Barack Obama and John McCain are and calls CNN "that American show".
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:26 PM   #4
 
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My daughter has gone into the voting booth for every election since she was three years old. I talked to her about the issues, what's at stake, why it is important for her to vote. I guess I kind of tried to "guide" her political ideas. We voted this past week and were pretty much on the same page except for a couple of candidates. One I flat out refused to go with her on, the other I went along with her choice. Neither one of our choices has a chance in hell of winning. Had it been a close race I don't think I would have let her pick. As I said,we're still pretty much on the same page, but I like that she has formed some of her own ideas and picked her own candidates based not on what I think but on what she has learned about them.

She's so excited to be able to vote on her own in 2012.
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:27 PM   #5
 
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Just curious. What have you done to make sure your children take the responsibility to vote seriously? When each of my kids was first eligible to vote I advised them and made sure they registered. On their first vote I went with them to the polls and took a picture of them as they went into the booth. I treated the entire event as a complete Kodak moment. I do live in a very small town and the poll workers thought it was "cute" that I showed up to take the pictures and therefore participated in my recording of the moment (My kids thought it was less cute, but that's for another post). What have other board members done to encourage young people to vote?

Ha, I was just reading this and smiling to myself thinking this was so "cute" as well.
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