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Election 2012: It's 'take your kids to vote day' – a bipartisan lesson

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(Read caption) Take your kids to vote day: Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna (left), votes with his wife, Cindy, and their daughter Hailey, 5, at a voting precinct in Nampa, Idaho Nov. 6.

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It’s take your child to vote day for many parents, myself included, and for us it was a moment of truth when I saw I had failed to teach my child the opposition are people too.

Our son Quin, 8, decided to become a campaign volunteer for President Barack Obama after he watched the now infamous “Big Bird” debate. Today, at the polls he decided his work was not done when he spied his “team” freezing outside the polling place, without donuts or coffee.

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There was the Obama team at a bare card table, two older ladies freezing beside the Romney supporters who stood at a well-appointed, Martha Stewart-like table of plenty. “Mom, what’s with our table,” Quin asked. I promised to investigate when we were finished voting.

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