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Voting is about your future! - Teaching children also changes parents behaviour ...

Remembering my childhood when not allowed to vote, we would still accompany our parents to the polls on the voting day. This made us interested and opened discussions about the why and how. We could not wait to be allowed to vote when old enough!

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In elementary school teaching about elections and the democratic system is part of the curriculum. Even more so there are many initiatives and organizations engaging in promoting to play an active role in the democratic system to children. Example children's parliaments

For me this is about connecting family, education and community in their responsibility for the future. We are all a little bit responsible for the future in that we all have a voice in the decision what path to take.

How will this concept improve election accessibility for everyone?

Before elections
Schools have the task to explain the election processes and the choices there are. This includes the importance of people being able to come to vote for any reasons (many concepts in this initiative already address which groups there are).

In the days of the Internet, social media and blogs, it is key for candidates to get their message across to voters. Why not include the future generations early and explain to children what they stand for.

On the election day the whole family, including people from your neighborhood who might have difficult access to voting locations, will go to voting locations together.

In my hometown the voting locations are sometimes in schools and old peoples homes. A hint that voting is about community!

After elections
Continue education about how to become a responsible citizen and teach children how to use their voice in a truly constructive way for the future of our planet.

How well does this concept adapt to the changing needs of different voter communities?

This concept is about Inclusion along communities, ages and cultures.

As a society changes and develops it will become even more crucial to practice / execute its functions in an inclusive way.

What kinds of resources – whether time, money, people, partnerships, technology or otherwise – will be needed to get this concept off the ground?

A change of attitude and a willingness to work together


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I agree - it is a mutual dependency as I strongly believe that it exists between generations. Both sides benefit.

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