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Not Just for Kids: Sandbox Party Offers Resources for Voters

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PHOTO: While the sandbox is traditionally a place for kids to play, organizers of The Sandbox Party hope adults in Michigan will use the website to make informed decisions at the polls. Photo credit: waterbridge/morguefile.com
PHOTO: While the sandbox is traditionally a place for kids to play, organizers of The Sandbox Party hope adults in Michigan will use the website to make informed decisions at the polls. Photo credit: waterbridge/morguefile.com
 By Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI, Contact
July 7, 2014

LANSING, Mich. - Children and politics aren't usually things people put together. But one group wants to help Michigan voters make decisions at the polls that benefit the state's children.

Matt Gillard, president and CEO of Michigan's Children, described 'The Sandbox Party' as a non-partisan effort to educate voters about issues that impact Michigan children and families, and to let them know where candidates stand on them.

"Obviously, kids can't vote," said Gillard. "So those of us who care about kids and care about children's issues need to keep that in mind as we're deciding who our next representatives will be in our democracy."

According to Gillard, the party isn't affiliated with any political group and doesn't make endorsements.

Gillard said 2014 is a critical election year for Michigan, with open races for governor, the legislature, a U.S. Senate seat, and several Congressional positions.

"The decisions made this August and November will really chart the course for the direction of our state," said Gillard, "and will certainly have a resounding impact on children and families here in Michigan."

Historically, voter turnout in Michigan's August primaries is low. But, according to Gillard, many races will be decided next month, because of the way districts are drawn.

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