When we showed up at Hillside Elementary School at 8:30 a.m., my kids were annoyed. They though we were going to the boat. “We’re going to vote,” I said for the sixty-seventh time.
It was their first election, definitely not their last. I let them come into the booth, and then I told them to get their hands off those buttons. After all, they still hadn’t done their research on the school board issue.
Selma Avdicevic and her husband also take their kids to the polls. She said, “We immigrated in the 1990s, refugees from a country where many of our friends and family gave their lives to have a voice. Our children will learn to appreciate these freedoms very early.” She lives in Montclair.
Shari Ornstein of Glen Ridge is also taking her toddler today. “We think it’s important for him to understand his civic duties.”
Finally, Laurie Orosz (see left) took her little one to vote for an elected school board because she feels that there is no accountability, and she is unhappy with some of the decisions the current school board has made.”
My kids did get on some voters’ nerves this morning. Heck, they got on my nerves too–especially when my son ate the tape and signs. But the election officials were so nice to us, and they helped me out by explaining that there would be no boat.
Meanwhile, did you vote yes or no on the school board? Or did you skip the election all together? Click to the next page for a poll…