Blog | voting
- Posted on 10/10/2012 by Lisa
If you'll be 18 or older on Election Day (Nov. 6th), register to vote. If you're too young, don't stress -- you can still make your voice heard online, thanks to Nickelodeon's Kids Pick the President.
The Nick News with Linda Ellerbee special, Kids Pick the President: The Candidates, premieres Monday, Oct. 15, at 8:00 pm et on Nickelodeon. Following the special, kids can go online to vote for the next president. And check this out -- in five of the last six presidential elections, kids' votes have correctly picked the winner several weeks before Election Day.
This year, Nickelodeon visited the White House and asked President Barack Obama questions from real kids. Governor Mitt Romney was invited to participate, too, but his campaign declined, saying he was unable to fit it into his schedule. The special includes previously-taped clips of Romney addressing some of the issues raised.
I care a lot about the election, so I already know where Obama stands on some of the issues covered in the special -- including gun control, jobs, illegal immigration, and same-sex marriage -- but I'm looking forward to hearing him answer questions about other stuff kids care about:
On heartbreak: "That happened to me," says Obama. "I think the main thing you learn is that life goes on..."
On his most embarrassing moment: "Running into the wall is par for the course for me," says the president. "I'm running into doors and desks all the time."
Aww, the president and I have so much in common! Haha. Isn't it nice to know that being a bit uncoordinated doesn't prevent you from getting elected president? :)
Watch the full Kids Pick the President special Monday, Oct. 15th at 8pm et on Nick -- and tell all the kids you know to watch, too. (This show is a great way to get younger brothers, sisters, cousins, neighbors, and friends excited about voting.)
- Posted on 08/19/2012 by Lisa
Are you registered to vote? I am, because I love-love-love voting. If you're not registered (and you'll be old enough to vote on November 6, 2012), don't wait -- register now. Voter registration deadlines vary from state to state, so be sure you register before your state's deadline. Most voter registration deadlines are in early- to mid-October, which is coming up fast!
When I was in high school, getting ready to vote for the first time, I had a T-shirt that said "Don't let the future happen without you. Register to vote." I still think that's an awesome saying, but I wore that T-shirt for so long that it eventually fell apart. If I still had it, I'd be wearing it to write this post.
My five favorite things about voting:
1. It reminds me how much I love living in the United States. I feel so lucky to live in place where I get a say in how the country is run.
2. By voting for people who share my views, I feel like I'm making this country a better place. It feels so good to vote for someone who cares about the same issues I do. It's like I'm giving that person a high five or saying "I'm on your side!"
3. My vote matters. Some elections are REALLY close. If you ever get the feeling that your vote doesn't matter, pay attention to the election results -- especially the local ones. When you hear about a close race, you know both candidates appreciate every single vote they got.
4. It feels futuristic. Maybe we don't have flying cars or robot maids yet, but we can choose who'll be leading our city, county, state, and country in the future. (And don't forget -- the senators, representatives, governors, etc. who win this election might end up running for president in a few years.)
5. Getting an "I voted!" sticker. I feel like wearing a voting sticker around on Election Day tells people "I love this country!" and it reminds everyone who sees it to get to the polls before they close.
What are your favorite things about voting? Share them in the comments.
- Posted on 05/18/2010 by Mary
I just saw that episode of One on One where Breanna and her friends vote for the first time, which was apropos 'cause I totally voted today (for the umpteenth time). There were primaries for a lot of states' governors, and senate seats, and all sorts of other foofaraw.
Those smaller elections can seem a lot more "who cares" than the big circus-like presidential ones, but I actually love the little elections -- because a lot of times, you're voting on things that affect stuff going on literally next door to you. (Like, do you want the pro-casino woman on the city council, or the guy who wants to make the city shelter a no-kill shelter, or the person who wants a public skate park?)
Or, if your state leans heavily toward one party or the other (democrat or republican), sometimes the primary is where the eventual winner pretty much get chosen. (The primary is when we choose who ends up on the ballot for the ELECTION election.)
Or, for instance, here are some of the effects of little elections in the news today:
It was little elections that populated the current school board of Texas, which is now making some big moves to change the way their history textbooks are written. And then a small-election person in California is proposing not to allow the Texas version of history in their schools . And it's all very crazy and fascinating and it all really comes down to boring rainy days like this one, where people you've never heard of end up in obscure political positions with surprising amounts of power.
Anyway. Yay voting! Anyone out there get to vote today?