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Take your kids to the polls tomorrow


[Kids Voting][1] is awesome. It didn't exist where I [grew up][2] and I was one of those kids that would have loved the chance to vote, even if it didn't technically count. My parents didn't exactly stress the importance of voting, but I definitely picked it up on my own and even loaded down my [college][3] schedule with political science classes. Here in Douglas County, children are lucky enough to have Kids Voting - so take them to the polls. Polls for kids grades kindergarten through 12 (and if you have a precocious prekindergartner, they can vote, too) will be open tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and then again after school from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.There is a catch - based on [turnout in 2006][4], some of the polls for Kids Voting have been combined. The closed sites are listed first and the arrow points to a nearby site where kids can vote.Douglas County Senior Center --> Lawrence Public Library Burge Union --> Schwegler Elementary First Presbyterian Church --> Holcom Rec Center Central United Methodist and Babcock Place --> Central Junior High Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church and Checkers Foods --> Lawrence High Annex Lawrence Heights Christian Church --> USD 497 Headquarters Eudora Rec Center --> Eudora City Hall or Eudora Township Fire Station Grant Elementary --> Union Pacific Depot/Visitor's Center Baldwin City Fire Station --> American Legion or Baldwin Elementary Wakarusa North Fire Station --> The WindsorFor a full list of all of these locations, check out [this][5].Each age group will get to vote on different races. Students through fourth grade will vote only for [president][6]. Fifth- through eighth-graders will also vote on [federal Congressional candidates][7], [Kansas Senate][8] and the [Kansas House of Representatives][9] for their district. They'll also get to share their opinion on [bond issue questions][10]. High schoolers get to vote like the 18+ crowd. So, take your kids to vote. Results will be reported to the media and we'll see how the kids stack up to the real deal.Are you taking your kid(s) to vote? Why or why not? [1]: http://www.kidsvotingkansas.org/ [2]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwardsville,_Il [3]: http://www.northwestern.edu/ [4]: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/aug/02/voter_turnout_among_lowest_memory/?elections_2006 [5]: http://www.douglas-county.com/depts/cl/ve/ve_votingsites.aspx [6]: http://www.votesmart.org/election_president.php/ [7]: http://www.votesmart.org/election_congress_state.php?state_id=KS [8]: http://www.votesmart.org/election_state_legislator.php?state_id=KS&type=office&criteria=upper [9]: http://www.votesmart.org/election_state_legislator.php?state_id=KS&type=office&criteria=lower [10]: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2008/nov...


lawrencian 9 years, 6 months ago

RKLOG, the kids get their own separate line, not to worry!

Ragingbear 9 years, 6 months ago

I seem to remember that there was no day off, or half day when I went to school on election day. Has this changed? Or perhaps the LJW is advocating mass truancy?

RKLOG 9 years, 6 months ago

I wonder how the kids will vote? Land-slide victory for Harry Potter?

RKLOG 9 years, 6 months ago

Good heavens, don't clog up th' poll lines with kids! Keep 'em out of th' way so that I can vote for Obama, the sales tax increase, and for my beautiful, Lawrence Kansas transit system! Yay! My plan Tuesday:1. Walk to the polling booth2. Vote YES for Transit and for Obama3. Smile4. Repeat (just kidding)

lawrencian 9 years, 6 months ago

ragingbear, did you notice that the article states 'kids voting' happens before 9 a.m. or after 3 p.m.?

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