Did you know that you don't have to be 18 to vote? Well, sure, for the "real" election you have to be 18, but all across the country KIDS VOTE, too!

Kids Voting USA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that encourages kids of all ages to become engaged in their communities. Kids of all ages are allowed to vote - some online, some at the polls. Luckily in Durham this year, all 55 precincts will have Kids Voting Booths.

As captain of Precinct 14 in Durham for Kids Voting, I have rounded up a group of volunteers to work the polls from 7:30am-7:30pm. We will be at Y.E. Smith Elementary School encouraging all the kiddos to vote.

If you want to learn more about the Kids Voting program in Durham, go here: KIDS VOTING DURHAM. The program operates nationwide though, so if you aren't in Durham county or even if you aren't in North Carolina, don't fret. Just find your closest location here: KIDS VOTE USA.

The Durham Kids Voting results will be on the local news programs and in local papers. Sure, kids' votes don't count in the actual election, but their voices will be heard in our community. Parents, get your kiddos to the polls! Hopefully I will have some pictures to share on Wednesday!


Amy said...

I came home from work today and Owen had a "Future Voter" sticker on his shirt. I didn't really think anything of it. I was assuming it was an understated way for the school to remind the parents to vote tomorrow. But then, while we were eating dinner, Owen says, "I voted for Barack Obama, NOT John McCain". It was so completely adorable.

I have to wonder how the teachers explained the two candidates to a bunch of four year olds, but it was a nice dinner conversation trying to explain the democratic process to a four year old. The best part of the evening was when Owen started laughing at the name George Bush.

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