Today is election day!
Are you a busy parent wondering how you're going to make it to the polls?
Here are some ideas:
1. Swap childcare with a friend or neighbor! I am going over to watch a friend's daycare kids while she goes to vote.
2. Go during work hours...remember that your place of business HAS to give you time off to vote (tell them Sweet Harper said so, if they need a source). Seriously though, I looked into it and the law varies by state, but here's one site I found that was helpful.
3. When all else fails...tote the kids along with you. Just remember to grab a huge handful of Halloween candy for them to munch on while they wait! Keep in mind that seeing you vote is a great teachable moment for kids.
I won't get into any partisan issues, but I will say one thing...please vote to support your local schools! We have a referendum on the ballot here. Keep in mind that federal funding for education is falling flat and/or decreasing in most areas. The gap has to be made up, and I know as a teacher, we have had to start asking students to bring in more supplies (printer paper, tissues, etc) because of decreasing budgets. It's not getting any better.
If you really feel strongly about how school district monies are being allocated then I urge you (rather than just voting no) to get involved by attending school board meetings, pay close attention to who is running for school board, and VOTE! There are real people making decisions that are affecting our kids and their education, is there any better reason to get involved?