We've made it a point, at every election, to take our son with us to vote. From having him sitting on our hip while we punched our ballot, to standing next to us curiously observing, he's been there every time. We like to think of it as early exposure to our civic duty.
The recent article in the Seattle Times, by Leanne Italie, How to Take Your Kids to the Polls and Make Voting a Meaningful Experience touched upon some great tips on doing just that and claiming that with a bit of prep work, Election Day, "....can even be fun."
Some of the ideas include:
Set the stage - Prepare the children by holding mock elections or simple votes at home.
Stake it out - Are children allowed in your area? Will you be going when it's not so crowded?
Election entertainment - Political puzzles, coloring books and games can provide entertain while waiting in lives.