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Kids Voting: 'We Get Our Own Say'

Students across Central Bucks went to the polls today with their parents in an exercise in democracy.

Kids Voting: 'We Get Our Own Say'

Adults weren't the only ones turning out to cast their ballots during Tuesday's presidential election.

Across the Central Bucks School District, students went with their parents to the polls to cast their own votes in the Kids Voting program.

At the polling place at Salem United Church of Christ in Doylestown Borough, three young voters were gearing up for their turn.

Voting is important, they all said.

"If you don't vote, they might just pick someone you're not ok with," said Grace, a 10-year-old who goes to Kutz Elementary.

Alex, a 6-year-old in first grade at Linden Elementary, was excited to head into the voting booth for the first time.

Her big sister, Corrina, spoke for both of them when she explained what motivated her to vote.

"We get our own say," said the 11-year-old, who is in Mrs. Rubeo's sixth grade class at Linden. "It's up to the people, not whoever's next in line."

Kids Voting USA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan program that encourages civic discussion and education. Special "voting booths" are set up at participating polling places, and kids are able to cast their own votes, learning what it's like to participate in their own government.

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