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Kids Voting Gives Younger Citizens a Voice

Students from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade got a taste of democracy when they filled out paper ballots with their own votes.

Centennial school students got to stay home for Election Day, but some still managed to learn something on Tuesday. From 4 to 7 p.m., Warminster children from pre-kindergarten ages to 17 years old had a chance to cast their own votes in the presidential election at a selected number of pollin places as part of the Kids Voting program.

"We've had 10 so far," said Keith Bellinger at 4:15 p.m., a teacher at McDonald Elementary who coordinated the program for the Centennial School District. "They were all really excited about it. We talked about it at school, and now they get to actually participate."

Sara Wiser, a fifth grader at McDonald, was happy to be a part of the voting action on Tuesday. As a student council presidential candidate, she will get a taste of the other side on Wednesday when her school holds its own election day.

"We have to make a speech tomorrow," she said. "I like being a part of the student council because it feels like our voices and ideas are supported by the faculty. It's given me a better understanding about how to organize events and fundraisers."

The results of the Kids Voting program will be published in the Intelligencer/Courier Times Wednesday morning.

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