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#61 of 92 Old 11-01-2008, 01:22 PM
 
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DH has our oldest with him at the polls right now! the babe was sleeping when he left to go.

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Absolutely - I think it's an important value to instill. i remember well being in the booth with my mom, back when there were handles and levers! It seemed so magical.

We're in Atlanta, where early voting lines have been 2-8 hours long, and a friend took her 2 girls in the double jogger and got pulled to the front of the line. That's a brilliant model, IMO. I agree that if your kids can't take the wait, it's not worth torturing them and yourself.
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Yup my kids go everytime. I am a bit worried this year about my Dd electioneering, though.

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We did early voting & both boys came with us. In fact DS1 got upset when we asked him to stay w/ me while DH actually filled out his ballot because he wanted to see Barack Obama too. : We had to explain to him that the canidates aren't actually there. He was quite disapointed.

I on he other hand, NEVER went with my parents & was scolded by my mom once for asking my grandma who she voted for. :

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We vote by mail. We are very into politics here so DD will definately be involved in related conversation and can certainly watch us vote when we do it - even if it is at home.

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yes! I loved going with my mom when I was young. I'll probably go before I drop him off at school and hope the lines aren't too too long... (VOTE!!!)

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I always try to take DS with me to vote. I think it is really important for him to see us participate in the election process. We talk with him about the candidates and issues (on his level) and how important it is to actively participate. He likes to tell everyone who he is "voting" for!
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yes, i think it's great to expose my son to the whole voting process. there's always such a buzz at the polling stations.

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Dh and I early voted 6 days ago. The only kiddo I took with me was the babe who was asleep in her wrap. The poll workers were impressed that I was there voting at 12 days post partum.

Our older boys voted in their school on Friday. My 9 y/o reported that Obama won by a landslide!

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I'll be taking my kiddos with me. I have three: 3 yo, 1 yo, and 4.5 mos old. I want them to see first-hand my voting and learn to take a stand about issues in the world.

 

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I'm taking DS. I took DD when she wasn't in preschool yet too. I could take her into the voting booth with me when I went

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The last presidential was my LMP for DD, so I've never taken a child to vote with me before. I do remember going with my Grandpa. One year they had little ballots for the kids to vote on, too.

DH and I live a block from where we vote. We'll probably take the kids and take turns watching them while the other votes. DD is turning into quite the political nut, so even though she's young I'm sure she'll be excited. She can identify all 4 P/VP candidates and knows how to pair them.
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I have to bring them-- what else will I do with them? I don't have anybody to care for them while I'm there. I guess I'll have to have somebody there watch the babies for me while I'm in the booth, because the double stroller won't fit, and if I put DD2 and DS down, they'll be touching EVERYTHING. But I'll take DD1 into the booth with me. She's actually really excited about it.

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Wouldn't go without them! It's always interesting though if you have to wait for a while. Luckily our is in a BIG gym where they can be crazy and not get in the way of the booths.....

I've had to teach DD1 that it is not appropriate to ask everyone whom they are voting for, especially because she feels the need to comment on their choice based on whom she knows I am voting for!
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Yup, they'll be going with us tomorrow.

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I remember going with my parents when I was a child, and my kids go with me now and they love it! I am homeschooling dd this year and she is really enjoying learning about the whole voting process and how a president gets in office. It is an exciting day for all of us!

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We do. DH and I take turns watching them while the other votes. I think it's a great way to introduce them to it.
we do too. my dd is super excited about it-she realizes it's a big, important election, and has even laid out a special "going voting" outfit to wear, lol. she's 6

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Though last year my older daughter thought we were going "boating" and was totally bummed out by how boring voting was.



I do take my kids with me. I either take them out of school to go do it, or take them late. I make a point to bring them with me because it opens up fantastic conversations.

ETA: DS1 was kinda bummed though this time around because we can't bring anyone (even our kids) to the voting station where we actually fill out the ballot.
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Yes. Well I'm taking my 6 year old. He's shown lots of interest in the campaigning this year so I think he'll enjoy going. I asked him last night if he wanted to come along and he said "sure! Who we voting for?"
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I've taken my kids in previous years. They love it. Usually they'll be given an "I voted" sticker too...which they think is very cool. This year I voted via absentee ballot, though.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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I took my 2 year old this morning

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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.

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I took two of mine.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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