Archive for Thursday, October 28, 2004

Kids Voting worthy of additional volunteer support

October 28, 2004

We may wear out our welcome nagging citizens to vote before every election. There are others taking more active steps to do something about it.
One of those initiatives is Kids Voting. The program encourages kids to go to the polls on Election Day with their parents. There, the children will get an age-appropriate ballot. The youngsters are fully prepared for the experience in classrooms and are encouraged to think about for whom or what they are voting. It is hoped that the experience will give young citizens the confidence and skills needed to exercise the most basic of their rights in an informed way.
The experience doesn't start there. Teachers in the Eudora school district are teaching students about the process and the issues.
The initiative delivers both immediate and future results. It is a calculated maneuver to increase current turnout through the pestering persuasion of children. It is hoped that the experience will give young citizens the confidence and skills needed to exercise the most basic of their rights in an informed way, making it more likely they will vote as adults.
Research suggests it does. Young adults in communities with the program are 14 percent more likely to register to vote on reaching the age of 18 than their peers in communities that don't offer the program.
Volunteers are still needed to help with the worthy program at Eudora polling places. Those interested may call David Morrissey at 865-5030. We applaud the educators and volunteers who are active in aiding young citizens to learn about their important future responsibility.

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