Two Young Disenchanted Voters

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So yesterday we did our family routine of getting out to vote.

Karenna, the Little Activist, has loved this ever since she was Jude's age and first discovered the polling location had provided snacks.

During the 2006 mid-terms when she was 3, she could tell you who was running for which office, which party, and which one was the incumbent.  (She liked the pretty signs in people's yards so we started that conversation in the car.)  She could explain that the incumbent "wanted another turn" and the "challenger didn't get a turn yet".  She knew who was getting money from PACs and who wasn't.

When Karenna requests NPR in the mornings to hear more about the elections, Jude argues for Wiggles or They Might be Giants.  Every now and then when we listen, Jude will recognize McCain, Obama or Clinton and his little ears will perk up.  Karenna will listen for names like McCaskill, Specter, Biden, Romney, or Pelosi.

When Karenna realized that it was Primary Election Day, it was a big day for her.  She was excited. It was a holiday.  Complete with food.

Jude brought his Darth Vader action figure to the event.  As we passed the older gentleman with the McCain button at the entrance, Jude greeted him, "Hi.  I got a Darth Vader."  He and the man talked for a minute before we entered.

My husband and I went to our respective electronic voting machines.  Next we each fought off our selected child and his/her grabby hands explaining why he/she didn't get to operate the machine.

Note: If this were my husband's, Jude's and the Darth Vader's blog the following would happen...

Chris: <Insert some rant about our electronic voting machines here.>
Darth Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.  (Uses force on Chris.)
Jude: My turn (pronounced toin)! (Uses force on Chris.)

When we finished voting, we were unable to leave without our piteously unfed offspring raiding the snacks. We hadn't had dinner yet, so we made them settle for grapes.  Jude insisted on carrying his own on a plate out to the car, which he dropped and cried over.  Though McCain guy did bid a fond farewell to him and Darth Vader.

In the car, Jude announced, as if we told him Christmas was over but Santa never came, "Hey! We didn't even get to see Barack Obama yet!"

Karenna, of course, was not disappointed by the primary until listening to NPR the next morning.

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Yes, it's so true that when started young, they can understand a lot and really be interested in the process.

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