Let your kid "vote" using a sample ballot
Leslie's tip for involving your toddler in the election:
My son is now 2 1/2 and wants to do everything and help with everything that his dad and I are doing. The other night, we were working on our absentee ballots and Will said, "I want to vote, too." I pulled out the sample ballots from our pamphlets, read him the list of candidates for President and he marked his choice with a crayon. It was an easy first lesson on the responsibility of each citizen to vote. He continued to "vote" for the rest of the candidates and propositions on the ballot, which will now become a part of his baby book :)
This hack deserves a little backstory. First of all, it comes from an old high school friend who I've spoken to maybe twice in the last twenty-odd years. (How cool is it that she reads Parent Hacks?) Second, she was Class President my freshman year! Isn't it obvious why we voted her in?
In Oregon, we vote by mail, and my kids are fascinated by the ballot and voter pamphlet. They watched two out of three debates and were surprisingly interested. And we've been talking quite a bit about all of the lawn signs supporting this or that candidate or proposition.
Is your child interested in the political hubub? How are you teaching him/her/them about the election?