Why I Voted... And Took My Kids

I will be the first to say that this election has been horrible. I'm not sure if its because we live in Ohio and being one of the swing states we have been absolutely bombarded with ads, phone calls, emails, and commercials or if its just like that everywhere. But here are some stats that are driving me crazy:

  • We are currently receiving 10-12 political phone calls a day.
  • I heard a news broadcaster say that the ad to media time in Ohio is currently running 2 to 1. Yes, we are hearing twice the political ads than songs on the radio or shows on the tv. Crazy.
  • Everywhere you go there is some conversation about political talk. Someone is constantly passing out fliers, asking you to complete a survey or trying to persuade you in one direction or the other.
However, I found myself here yesterday: Photobucket Standing in line for over 2 hours to early vote because I knew tomorrow was a busy day and I wanted to make sure I got it done. And, I took my kids who felt a little like this: Photobucket Why? Because no matter who you are voting for, what your beliefs are, or how much you are ready to throw a shoe through the tv if you see another political commercial, its an honor to have the privilege to vote. I know that. And I want to instill that in my children. We had some great questions from the boys about the voting process. How much does it costs to vote? What does Republican or Democrat mean? What does Issue 2 mean? I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to talk with my kids about these issues. I feel like sometimes we beat around the bush because we think our kids are too young to understand or relate to what's going on. As a parent I encourage you to talk to your kids about your reasons for voting and who you are voting for. And besides that, if they don't hear it from you, they will hear it from someone. I hope despite the wait, my kids remember these days of seeing their parents participating in history and remember the importance when they are old enough to take part of history in the making.

4 comments:

  1. I agree with you!
    There is no early voting here. You vote on election day and that's it! You can send in an absentee ballot in special cases, but the general public doesn't get to vote until tomorrow.
    We plan on taking the kids with us after they get out of school. Dylan is finally old enough to understand the presidential election.

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  2. Sometimes the only reason I vote (particularly if it is a rainy day or if I don't care for anyone on the ballot) is so the kids can see that I am participating.

    When I see lines like these, I remember to be thankful that I live in the middle of nowhere. I have never had to wait more than 4-5 minutes in line.

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  3. It took me less than 15 minutes to vote on Election Day.

    And I have taken at least one of my kids with me in every Presidential Election I've voted in. Yay!

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