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post #81 of 92
I took my DD on the way to drop her off at preschool and my husband is taking DS.

My DD loved it! they gave her a piece of paper to pretend like she was voting too and she even got to put it on the machine and pretend to push it in.
post #82 of 92
I planned to but they fell asleep on the way! So I picked Marc up and he stayed in the car while I voted and vice versa. Maybe next election....they'll be 9 and 7, so they probably won't be falling asleep in the car anymore.
post #83 of 92
We just got back. DS really enjoyed pressing the big lit up "Cast Vote" button, but almost hit it before I finished (I'd put in my candidates, but hadn't answered the questions) since the button was right at toddler level.
post #84 of 92
I took mine.

They were excited. We colored in our circles, slipped the ballot in the box, and then everyone got a sticker. Much happiness for a 3 and a 2 year old!

We're even having a family party tonight - pizza & popcorn & chocolate chip cookies with Beverages for the grownups and (rare) juice for the littles. Everyone is excited for tonight!! "Today is Voting Day!" they keep saying.

It is exciting.
post #85 of 92
I took my 2 year old this morning
post #86 of 92
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Originally Posted by hopefulfaith View Post
I took mine.

They were excited. We colored in our circles, slipped the ballot in the box, and then everyone got a sticker. Much happiness for a 3 and a 2 year old!

We're even having a family party tonight - pizza & popcorn & chocolate chip cookies with Beverages for the grownups and (rare) juice for the littles. Everyone is excited for tonight!! "Today is Voting Day!" they keep saying.

It is exciting.
I have a 2 and 3 year old as well, and they also came with us. Same story, basically. We colored in our circles while the kids read books next to us and a lady working the site talked with them, then we went and slipped the ballot in the electronic box (what joy!), and then we asked the lady for stickers. Unfortunately, they did not have stickers in our city (friends at work verified it was true for their in-city voting locations) . So instead I let my children get a treat at the bakesale being held to benefit the early childhood center at our voting location. We treated it as a very special day. I also took election day photos of the kids while they chanted that we were going to vote for Barack Obama. :

We're on the east coast so the kids won't be able to stay up for result parties...they're actually going to bed right now. But I am heading off for a short time to a local bar where there is a results party happening. I have been teary all day. This is a historic moment I have waited for, for many, many years.

It has been a while since I have voted in smaller elections, but I am planning to re-start. When I do, I will be bringing the kids to that as well.

ETA P.S. I too remember going with my mother when she voted, and it always felt very special and very important. During my childhood, my mother voted whenever there was the opportunity, large or small.
post #87 of 92
I took two of mine.
post #88 of 92
Dh took dd at 6:30 AM. She charmed lots of people, he told me. But when I took her at 9:30, she was a little more.... spirited. But I only had to wait 30 minutes, versus dh who had to wait 1 hour.

I have fond memories of going with my parents to vote.
post #89 of 92
Off topic, sorry, but where are all the threads about the election? I haven't found any, and seeing as though I find it very interesting and exciting, I would absolutely think that all the Americans in here do.
It's 1.51 am. here, and I'm following the election on BBC, CNN and a norwegian channel.
post #90 of 92
I only had to drop off my ballot but both my kids were with me. My daughter even picked out special clothes "to be pretty for the voting party." She was a little put out by the I Voted sticker though since she didn't actually vote. She really wanted to stay up and watch the results and asked lots of great questions today like "What will happen if the candidate we don't want to win gets elected?" (Not applicable!) I love her interest and enthusiasm! She's been with me for every election since her birth.
post #91 of 92
i took my oldest dd who is 5. she was so thrilled. i let her hit the enter button when it came time to vote on the president.. i tripled checked before finishing up too. i think it's an awesome process to involve your children in.
post #92 of 92
I took dd and we had a treat at the coffee shop afterwards.
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