By Phoebe Chau
Under the US Constitution, only US citizens over the age of 18 have the right to vote — but at a special election event at Madame Tussauds in Washington, hundreds of kids rushed to cast their ballots for their favorite presidential candidate three days before their parents even.
The event was held for the first time by the wax museum, whose general manager, Dan Rogoski, believes the mock election would get young voters to learn more about each candidate and the process of voting.
“We think it’s a unique event that no one has done before, and it’s a great opportunity for kids to come out and get involved in the election process,” said Rogoski. “We have an authentic voting machine here. Kids can step up, and they will vote for either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney.”
During the election, kids were excited to make their choice, and most of them had a clear stance on which candidate were they voting for.
“[Obama] is the best president in the White House, and the best president in the world,” nine-year-old Carson Hill said. “My whole family knows about this election, and we don’t like Mitt Romney.”
Parents also saw this election as a good opportunity to teach their children about civil duty and democracy.
“She needs to do her civil duty,” said Edna Kapust, who brought her 10-year-old daughter, Adrianna, to vote. ‘It is an important right that they have. So I use this to teach her while she is young.”
Voting lasted for four hours. At 10am, Madame Tussauds released the results: 80 percent of the kids “voted” for Obama – that’s an overwhelming win for the president. He probably wishes kids really can vote.