Kids chalk out the vote, learn political process

Kids chalk out the vote, learn political process

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — This year’s election is on pace to see a record voter turnout.

Supervisors of the election expect a 90% turnout total. While you won’t see children casting a ballot, some families are still teaching them the political process with chalk.

A national campaign named ‘Chalk The Vote’ encourages using chalk art to get out the vote while teaching children the importance of the political process.

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Regina Daniel, a grandmother on Jacksonville’s west side, is chalking up the driveway with her granddaughter Talia.

While she’s only 7-years-old, Daniel said it’s best to teach the process when kids are young.

“Our ancestors died so we could vote,” Daniel told Action News Jax Reporter Robert Grant.

“They marched and everything to give women the right to vote. She’s a girl, I’m a woman, and I’m a veteran. For all those reasons, it’s very important that we continue the process.”

The national movement is part of ParentsTogether. In Duval County, Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan said they’re on pace to break a record.

As of Sunday, 142,821 voters cast their ballot early. This same time in the 2016 presidential election, 99,745 voted early.

That number doesn’t include absentee and mail-in ballots already returned.