The Family Who Votes Together

I’m really looking forward to Monday. (Who says that?)

Monday is election day in Canada and we get to elect a new federal government. It is pretty darn exciting actually.

I have no idea when elections became exciting to me. Initially, I think I enjoyed voting day because it was something new – a break in the monotony. I recall being a teenager and watching the results on television. Or maybe I was just old enough to vote at that time. Maybe that is when I started to become invested. The simple act of voting made me feel ownership over the outcome and so I watched the coverage intently.

Every election since has gotten better. Each year I find myself more invested in politics. I married a man who finds politics fascinating and some time after that I realized I didn’t need to share his, or my parents’, political views. Part of coming into adulthood for me was discovering my own political opinions and deciding where I stand on issues while finding the voice to argue and articulate my own opinion.

The Family Who Votes Together: Raising Politically Engaged Children |

I am engaged. I am political(see photo above. My first voting selfie. Not to be confused with my first time voting.)

I am also 29 years old. From at least one source who classifies “young voters” as 18-30 year-olds, this is likely the last election where I will be classified in this voting demographic. This demographic rarely shows up to the polls. I have bucked the trend and voted in every single election since I have been eligible. There have been some elections where I have felt very uninformed going into the polling booth. There have been others where I have felt incredibly aware. Either way, I voted.

If someone votes, their likelihood of voting in the following election goes up, which is one of the reasons why it is so important to get first time voters out to the polls. I would argue however, that creating lifelong voters starts long before a child turns 18. I know for a fact that it is possible to engage younger citizens – even the toddler variety.

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The Family Who Votes Together: Raising Politically Engaged Children |

I last voted two years ago in our provincial election. That was also the first year we really started our election night tradition of making voting day a big deal in our family. Instead of voting early or online, Dan and I went to the polls together with the kids. They witnessed the whole process. They joined our post-voting selfie. When we got home, the kids found their own polling station and ballot box set up and ready for them to vote.

Voted! #novascotia #nsvotes #coleharbour

A photo posted by Laura O’Rourke (@lauralorourke) on