Saturday, August 1, 2015

Children cast ballots - with their parents

For some voters, today's election is an opportunity to teach a civics lesson. Children accompanied their parents and grandparents into the voting booths and sometimes pressed buttons to cast ballots.

Children cast ballots - with their parents

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Report from Cherry Hill by Ed Colimore:

9:30 a.m. For some voters, today's election is an opportunity to teach a civics lesson. Children accompanied their parents and grandparents into the voting booths and sometimes pressed buttons to cast ballots.

"They might as well see what ballots are all about," said Maria Bocco, 47, after she emerged from voting with her 9-year-old daughter, Gilda, at the Bethel Baptist Church Family Center.  

Dominic Bocco, 46, took the couple's other daughter, 6-year-old, Erica, to vote with him. "We're teaching them early about the economy, about the people out of work, and about businesses closing." he said. "... Voting is a further lesson. You can't complain if you don't vote."

Soon, another family was going into vote with daughters in tow. Cristina Lynch, 48, lifted up her 6-year-old, Mylo Murphy, so she could push the buttons. "It's a wonderful lesson," Lynch said. "It's very historic, and I want them to take part in it."

In the next booth, Lynch's mother, Dee Lynch was accompanied by Mylo's 11-year-old sister, Mika. "Mika's very patriotic," said Cristina Lynch. "She voted yesterday at her school."

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