In 1988, three businessmen from Arizona traveled to Costa Rica on a fishing trip. During their visit, they learned that the country’s voter turnout is typically around 90 percent. This high turnout was attributed to a tradition of children accompanying their parents to the polls. The men were intrigued by the idea, but also recognized a missing link to education. They launched a school-based pilot project in a Phoenix suburb that has since grown into the national Kids Voting USA organization.
In the past three presidential elections in the U.S., the percent of US citizens over 18 who voted was: 58.4% (1996), 59.5% (2000), 63.8% (2004). Those numbers are moving in the right direction, but are still nowhere near 90%. Take your kids to vote.
Here are my little voters.