Here are the children all excited on the sofa with shoes on waiting for Rob to get home so we could all go vote as a family.
We live far away from the city so out in my neck of the woods we still vote on paper ballots. I took Travis in the booth with me when I voted. I then had Demi drop my ballot in the box. Once she saw my paper drop down in the metal box she YELLED "I VOTED! DADDY I VOTED!" She was skipping and singing all happy about voting. She had everyonein the place laughing!
Going out to vote was just the beginning of our evening. We came home turned on the TV. Cooked a pizza. Made a ton of copies of our sample ballot. The sample ballot we got when we went out to vote. We gave it to Travis to fill out. He put it in with his school work. We spent a lot of time teaching our children about all the candidates so we felt he was well informed and able to make up his own mind. I must admit I didn't look at his ballot yet but I plan to keep it for years from now. After he filled his sample ballot. He asked for a voting box and the big election began. Children are so funny with this kind of thing! Rob and I watched the TV and the children ran a big election. At first I heard things like we have a vote for Mc Cain and one for Obama. Then I heard one vote for Travis and one for Demaris. One hour later I heard Sleeping Beauty and a Starwars clone both started some ground roots write in campaigns. I think all the princess ran for president, VP, and congress. LOL! They had Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Green party, some independents, and even a newly formed pink party (Demi's choice) by the end of the night. I had to go get the camera because it was so cute for me to ignore and not capture in pictures. I now wish I would have been able to get some video of it.
They thought about how they wanted to cast the votes.
Took time and carefully marked ballots.
Took care in handling ballots.
Then dropped the ballots in the box.
Here is a picture of Demi acting as a voting official. She is keeping an eye on the ballot box to prevent tampering. We did have some cases of ballot tampering.This is a picture of the ballot box early in the night. I think they filled it to the top with votes by 10 pm (the 50th or so election of the night).
We closed our poles at 10:30 PM. That is a late night for my children. Everyone camped out in the living room with the TV on. I am the only one still up. I am listening to the TV and taking this time to blog. Everyone else is sleeping at my feet. I have a feeling my children are going to be running some new elections tomorrow. I think they will be opening the poles and covering close races for days (maybe even weeks from now).Goodnight everyone!