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Kids can cast ballots in Tuesday’s election

Around 1,000 students have already cast ballots online

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Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010 1:43 pm

When parents go to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of Proposition 100, their kids can have a say, too.

Kids Voting Arizona is already accepting online votes from children all over the state on the tax question and will continue to accept votes through 5 p.m. May 18.

While the votes don't count in the actual election, Kids Voting Arizona is meant to help children understand the voting process, get them excited about casting ballots and encourage them to talk about issues with their parents, said Hayley Ivins, program specialist for the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, which runs the program.

About 1,000 kids have voted so far, and they've received some good responses from kids who filled out a survey after casting their vote, Ivins said.

"One student said, ‘It felt good and I had a voice that was heard. Just because we're young doesn't mean we don't have something to say,'" Ivins said. "I thought that was pretty powerful."

While there are usually paper ballots at polling places for Kids Voting, this election will be done entirely online, Ivins said. That's partially because the issue was scheduled to go to voters fairly quickly and partially as a green measure.

Kids can register and vote on the issue at through 5 p.m. May 18.

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