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    Filed at 9:15 am under by dcobranchi

    The CS Monitor suggests taking kids into the voting booth to see how its done. I’ve tried this, and the poll workers were definitely unhappy. They claimed it was illegal. I’ll try again on Tuesday with our two oldest. If the watchers workers fight me, I’ll ask to see the law in writing. Wish me luck, and send bail money.

    6 Responses to “GOOD IDEA”

    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    October 29th, 2004
    at 9:58 am

    Really? We’ve always taken our kids in with us — in fact, we let them pull the levers — and the poll workers have always thought it was charming.

    Comment by
    October 29th, 2004
    at 10:01 am

    I’ve taken the kids too – and will again on Tuesday. It’s never been a problem.

    Comment by
    J Aron
    October 29th, 2004
    at 10:50 am

    It’s never been a problem for me either.. the old folks who usually are the monitors think it’s wonderful to have kids learn about the process..

    Gee Daryl.. you must live in one of those states where voting is made inaccessible in order for Bush to win the election..LOL.. I’d get those Kerry lawyers over there quick to make sure everything is done properly..
    Beware of those touch pad screens with no audit trail though..

    Comment by
    October 29th, 2004
    at 11:01 am

    Daryl, I’ve never had a problem taking my daughter into the voting booth w/ me in DE. In fact the poll workers ask if she wants to go in w/ me or her dad.
    It may just be your poll workers. Our voting spot changed & it was OK to bring her in the new place as well. We always vote in primaries & even little school board races & never had a peep of trouble.
    Now I’m only taking one child though maybe that’s the difference?
    In fact the poll workers are always encouraging about the fact that we show our daughter it’s important to vote.
    I remember voting w/ my parents in PA as a little kid. We also got sample paper ballots in school to practice voting, learn the correct way to legally mark a ballot & understand all the offices that were on the ticket from president to dog catcher.

    Comment by
    karen ehatt
    October 29th, 2004
    at 7:56 pm

    I had my then 8- and 7-year-olds with me 2 years ago when I voted in Maryland, and a poll worker ran over and asked me if they were over 10. She said they could not be with me in the booth if they were.

    Comment by
    October 29th, 2004
    at 8:34 pm

    I’ve never had a problem taking my two boys.

    We’ll see how it goes this Tuesday.