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"Vote for Kids" on Election Day in Kentucky

PHOTO: Children's advocates want voters to think about children's issues when casting a ballot. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.
PHOTO: Children's advocates want voters to think about children's issues when casting a ballot. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.
November 1, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The state’s chief election official is predicting a record number of Kentuckians will go to the polls on Election Day. While the race for the White House is credited with driving the turnout, a child-advocacy group wants Kentuckians to "vote for kids."

Even though children aren’t running for office, says Terry Brooks, executive director of the Kentucky Youth Advocates, a variety of issues impacting them will be confronted on Capitol Hill, and the election will determine the direction of the debate - especially on health-care reform.

"Whether that's the Affordable Care Act, or whether that's under a President Romney, as the details of health care get hammered out, there's not a segment of the population in the whole country that has more to win than children."

Yet, it's the grass roots, the races for the Statehouse, where Brooks believes voting for kids could have the most impact. He says state lawmakers deal with issues such as child protection and juvenile justice.

"It is absolutely essential for Kentucky's kids that voters know where the candidates stand on some key issues that Kentucky's children confront right now."

After all, Brooks says, our children can't vote or contribute to campaigns - even though there is so much at stake for them this election. Brooks says Kentuckians should "vote for kids" because they don't have a voice in elections.

"Kids don't have super PACs. Kids don't vote themselves, so they've got to depend upon the citizens of Kentucky to remember their interests when they're casting their votes at the federal, the state and the local level."

Greg Stotelmyer , Public News Service - KY