November 08, 2016
Whether you take your kids with you to the polls because you have to or because you want to, here are a few things to bear in mind:
1.- It is legal to bring under-age children with you into the voting booth in every state in the country. Whether they be 17-days or 17-years-old, it's all right (and any age in between).
2.- Some states in the US limit the number of kids that can accompany you into the voting booth. In Maryland, for example, the limit is 2 kids per adult or caregiver.
3.- It's perfectly acceptable to let your little one cast your vote for you. It's a great way to involve them in the process and they will surely love it!
4.- It's not OK, however, for kids to disrupt the process in any way. If they do, be prepared to be asked to leave. Avoid any such situation by bringing along distractions (books, crayons, silent toys).
5.- A big and definitive no-no is taking pictures during the process. Most US states will not allow cameras, video nor audio devices into the booth with you. Save the pics for after you cast your vote.
6.- If you need more specific information, feel free to contact your local election commission. Organizations such as the League of Women Voters can also offer accurate information on the subject.
Now that you know that voting with kids is perfectly alright, get out there and vote!
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