Originally Posted by hopefulfaith
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.
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.