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Door County Kids Will Do Voting Thing Too

Door County voters may see some youthful faces casting ballots at the polls on Tuesday. 

They're part of the Kids Voting effort in Door County, a national program spearheaded locally by Mark Nelson in which students accompany their parents to the polls and go through the voting process.

Nelson says older kids use a copy of the actual ballot while younger ones use a simplified version.

All will get an "I voted" sticker after they're done.

Nelson says results of the vote will take a day or two to compile and then will be emailed to the schools.

Sturgeon Bay, Sevastopol and Southern Door are the school districts participating in the program this election.

Aside from the vote, Nelson says the kids vote also has a curriculum component, one part of which is an analytical methodology for determining where the candidates stand on issues. Nelson feels so strongly about it that he says if the program were implemented broadly on a national basis, we wouldn't need campaign finance laws.

"I know that sounds silly," says Nelson. "But if people took the time and their civic responsibility seriously to determine where the candidates actually stood on their history and not just ad bites and sound bites and last minute attack ads I think our country would be a lot better off."


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