Voters Bring Young Ones To The Polls

By: Summer Knowles
By: Summer Knowles

November 8, 2005

A lot of people have been going in and out of the polls all day, including senior citizens in their 80s and 90s as well as those as young as 5-years-old.

It's a message a lot of parents are introducing to their children at an early age.

When asked what he did at the polls, toddler Gage Winstead, who went to the polls with his mother, said he voted.

Even though young Gage might not understand the whole concept behind it, he does understand that his mother does it and he should too.

"Voting in general is very important," said Millie Winstead. "It's a duty, it's a right and it's a privilege, and I like to introduce that to my children."

Winstead isn't the only parent who feels that way.

"By bringing the children with me I teach them how to vote in the future," explained Jennifer Hua.

"I think it's very important that children learn in elementary school about their civic duties and privileges," said voter Earle Tucker.

Tucker has been voting here since 1983. He said "I think it's our duty to do it, and it's also our pleasure to do it.

Charlottesville resident Ann Nelson, who has been voting at Walker Upper Elementary for 15 years now, shares Tucker's enthusiasm.

"My first presidential election was Eisenhower for president," she said.

Nelson has seen the voting process evolve and believes it's headed in the right direction.

"Things have changed over the years, but I really like this new system and it was a great experience today," Nelson explained.

The polls are scheduled to close at 7p.m.

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