On Nov. 2, kids as young as kindergarteners will vote at Minneapolis polling places.
That is not a misprint.
The inaugural Kids Voting Minneapolis program aims to get kids under 18 into the voting habit by letting them cast ballots when their parents or guardians do. Students' votes won't count in the "real" races, but the results will be tabulated and announced.
To pull off the event, organizers need 800 volunteer poll-workers for the city's 131 precincts. There will be three shifts: 6:30-9:30 a.m., 2:30-5:30 p.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m.
To sign up, please call 288-2899 (leave name and a callback number) or 702-6171, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can help if you are 16 or older.
The private nonpartisan initiative has the support of the Minneapolis Public Schools, although parents/guardians will have to get kids to the polls on their own. Organizers hope the event will also boost adult turnout.
Kids Voting began in 1988 in Arizona; this year, 30 states and 48 Minnesota communities will participate, organizers say. For more information, see www.kidsvoting.org.