Voting Booths and Toddlers

Cynthia Dermody

Felt framed silhouettes/Photo by LuminousMom

Looks like I'll have to bring my 3-year-old and 5-year-old with me when I vote today. Our town uses voting machines, so that means the three of us crammed into close quarters behind a curtain for a good minute or two. In Toddler Mom time, that's an eternity! There will be fighting over who gets to crank the curtain closed, who gets to flip the switches on the voting board, who gets to crank the curtain open, etc. And I'm not even counting the complaints from the numerous minutes spent waiting to get into the booth in the first place.

With help from my buddies in the Stay At Home Moms group, I've compiled this list of must-haves and must-dos for me and other moms who will be casting their vote with the kids today. And make sure you check out this interview with a mom who gave birth on election day (it just so happens to be Cafe Sheri's mom!).

Best Prep Tactic Know who you are going to vote for and your voting booth layout. You want to be in an out as quickly as possible.

Best Time to Vote Off-peak hours, such as 10-11 .m. or 1-2 p.m. Avoid before and after work and lunchtime at all costs!

Best Bring-A-Long Snacks Dum-Dums, fruit chews, or other snacks with maximum chewage.

Best Accessories Stroller (for the second child), coloring books, games, patience.


For those in areas that use voting booths, will you let your toddler pull the lever for President?

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