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Angela Rousey Rose's daughter practices voting, so she can grow up to be just like mom!
Democracy is a family affair for many TODAY Moms.
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Lesley Lykins' three children are wearing their school pride shirts when they go to vote with mom, in support of a local school levy.
We asked on our Facebook page for your stories of voting with your children, and can report that the mom turnout is strong this year! While some are voting solo to avoid the combination of long lines and antsy kids, many others say Election Day is a can't-miss opportunity to teach children about citizenship.
"My son was born on Election Day 2000," Kate Avallone-Serra writes. "My kids are deeply conscious of the importance of voting in EVERY election, from school board on up."
Of course, politics can be disappointing, as Lesley Lykins of Louisville, Ohio reports: "My two-year-old was pretty disappointed that we weren't getting on a 'boat'."
But there are bigger issues at stake: "Our town is trying to pass a school levy and the kids all wore their school pride shirts," writes Lykins, who took her three kids, ages 2, 5 and 9 months, to vote with her. "The people working there were so nice and helped us out and people let us move forward in the line. The kids got stickers and I think it was an overall awesome experience."
Jennifer Leland Collette says her 2-year-old sat in his stroller and played games on her iPad, "while my 5 year old kept asking where 'Present Omama' is. We talked to them about the importance and privilege of voting for our leaders."
(Maybe Present Omama is hanging out with Bronco Bama today?)
Merry Miller Moon's husband is running for local school board, and she brought her 2-year-old son to the voting booth. "When I asked him if we should vote for daddy -- he paused before saying 'YES!' Too funny!" (Good luck, dad!)
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With her oversized sunglasses, coordinated hair bow and stuffed animal, Lindsey Patel's daughter is ready to rock the vote!
Children are a fickle electorate. In a twist we bet none of the so-called political pundits saw coming, two moms from totally different areas of the country reported that their children wanted them to vote for Tarzan. Batman was another suggested third-party candidate.
Hope Schirmer writes, "I asked my 2-year-old who to vote for, Romney or Obama. He said Tarzan. Part of me was tempted to write it in but my good sense won out!!"
You heard it here first: Watch for the Tarzan write-in vote to swing this election.
Election Day is part of an ongoing conversation with children about politics and democracy for many parents.
Heather Houston walked to the polls with her 3-year-old son: " The entire way I explained to him that we were doing our job, that mommy was showing him what he had to do in 15 years. I picked up my ballot and he stood in the booth with me while I filled in my little circles. I then had him help me push my paper into the track so that it would slide into the machine. We were the 29th voters this morning at our polling place."
Lisa McAllister Ballenger ran into her own parents at the polling place in her small town when she took her 2-year-old to vote. "They asked my daughter if she wanted to stay with them while I voted. She said 'No! I Vote!' Now if I can only keep her this passionate the rest of her life," Ballenger writes.
And in case you wonder whether the hassle of taking kids to vote pays off in the long run, Laura Hintse Pelly says it does: "I always took my kids with me to vote, and explained the process to them as well. Today my youngest is commuting home from college just to cast her vote in her hometown for her first Presidential election, as her sister did before her. She is soo excited!!!"
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