Go Vote!

Early voting ends on Friday, November 2, 2012! Are you confused about the process? It can be a bit daunting if it’s been awhile since last voting or for many first-time voters.

Travis County has a list here of all early voting locations. Not sure if you are registered to vote? You can vote if you meet the criteria below:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • A resident of Travis County
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Not declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
  • Not a convicted felon, or, if convicted you have:
    • – Fully discharged your sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court; or,
    • – Been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote.

You can learn more by checking out the Travis County Tax Assessor’s website.

Do you still have questions about the candidates? You can download a sample ballot and then hit the internet for research!

AdvertisementFor Williamson County, click here for early voting locations, polling locations on Tuesday, and a sample ballot.

For Hays County, click here.

The League of Women Voters is also a great site to check out for information.

And now, let’s talk about our kids. My children are subjected to hearing many rants about the candidates, one in particular. While we try to not make too many negative comments about the candidate that we don’t like, sometimes, it’s just unavoidable to keep my kids from hearing about how we feel. While my fourteen year old son understands our points of view, my five year old may not understand as much, which is why I have taken some time to sit with her to explain the democratic process. We’ve had discussions on voting, the candidates and we have very briefly talked about some of our views. There are several websites that can help spur these types of conversations with kids, one beingĀ The Democracy Project by PBS Kids.

The Democracy Project provides fun, interactive election-themed activities for early-elementary age kids (ages 6-9) to learn about the candidates and the election process, online, offline and on tablets. The Democracy Project includes campaign posters, presidential trade cards, a Sticker Race where kids can create and share campaign stickers about the issues that are important to them and the candidates that they support. They can also cast their vote for their favorite stickers helping to highlight the creativity of the community as well as which issues matter the most.

Kids can meet the Candidates with an Election 2012 infographic that illustrates fun facts about the presidential candidates and the race. Or they can be President for a Day!After applying to become president, kids will have the opportunity to role play as the president for a day, making decisions about different events that a president might actually experience while in office.

While it can be tricky to navigate around such strong opinions in an election period in front of children, remember to include them as much as possible in the process so that they can see why you are so passionate about your beliefs. Explaining why you like one candidate over the other can lead to enlightening conversations between kids and adults.

With that in mind, do you take your kiddos with you when you vote? Have you had many conversations with them about the process, candidates or election in general?

Now, GO VOTE, Mamas!

Catherine Prystup
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Catherine Prystup founded LiveMom.com out of a desire to build a better community for Austin-area moms. She has three children, ages seventeen, eight and three years old.

2 Comments on Go Vote!

  1. Great resource! I just used the League of Women Voters website to fill out a practice ballot, and I’ll be headed to early voting tomorrow.

  2. I used http://www.vote411.org/ which is sponsored by the LWV. You can put your address in it and get all of the things on your ballot, including arguments for and against propositions and candidate answers to specific questions.

    As a first-time voter in the US, I found that really helpful, especially for the confusingly-worded prop questions.

    A note: the early voting place near us has had a long line every time anyone I know has gone. Set aside lots of time when you go!

    And it is awesome that that many people are voting! Woot!

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