Nov. 18, 2010
During this years much debated and talked about Election, FSU student-athletes helped in facilitating the Leon County campaign, Kids Voting. For the last four Elections, student-athletes have volunteered their time by adopting the Lincoln Neighborhood Services Center precinct. As part of adopting the precinct, FSU student-athletes were responsible for setting up the Kids Voting booth, staffing the booth from 7am-7pm, greeting all youth, and assisting them with the voting procedures, if needed. Every election, they have had a fantastic time interacting and talking with the youth that pass through the election precinct with their parents to participate with Kids Voting. “It was a fun project, getting to hang out with kids and seeing how they voted in this years election. They were excited to see that someone cared as to what they thought about politics,” said Mary Beth Ramsay, women’s golf. Kids from all ages, grades K-12, were allowed to place their vote just as their parents did for the State Senate, County Commissioner, and Circuit Judges. As we all know how those votes turned out, a big gain for the Republicans.
However, if the kids of Leon County had their way, Gov. Charlie Crist and CFO Alex Sink would be celebrating their clear victories. Plus, our official state cookie would be the Chocolate Chip Cookie, and we’d be establishing September 11th as a national holiday. In this years election, almost 10,500 children participated in Kids Voting Leon County. This represented an increase of about 4,000 children from the 2008 Election Day (about a 60% increase).
Kids Voting, Leon County is nonprofit, nonpartisan program devoted to educating students in grades K-12 about civic responsibility and the voting process. The program is designed to encourage young people to learn early the importance of exercising their right to vote in hopes that by the time they reach 18 years of age, they will automatically become a registered voter and become involved in local, state, and national elections.