It was her first Presidential election where she was able to vote. As a sophomore student at NYU University and 2015 graduate of South High School here in Valley Stream, 19 year old Imani wanted to visually show her pride in voting in the election.
She voted, but didn’t get a sticker.
Now you may not feel as if this is a big deal, but it is. Kids love stickers and although Imani is legally an adult, she wanted to wear her badge of honor as a voter.
And so did I, my children, and many other moms and kids on Long Island.
I personally began noticing that all of my city friends and those across the country on my Facebook feed were proudly displaying their sticky badges of honor. But none of my FB friends who live in Nassau County here on Long Island were given a sticker at their polling location.
Wait, what? How that happen?
Being from a political family, my kids probably know a little more about politics than most. Both kids have taken interest in politics as much as their 10 and 8 year old minds can take in. They have opinions, they read, and they even exercised their right to vote in the Nickelodeon Presidential election.
I had no idea this was even happening.
Sidebar: I hope you voted regardless of your choice. I don’t care who you vote for, well…I do, but that’s your business. What I do hope is that you’re also voting for your local candidates who will impact your day-to-day life even more than the presidential election. This means your state senators, assemblyman, judges, and congressman/women.
The kids are involved and interested even if we would have had nothing to do with educating them about the elections. They were also educated about it on the school playground. There are also parents discussing candidates in front of their children who then are repeating what they hear at home to friends at school. #sideeye
Did you see my Facebook post about that?
Then, the kids are also learning about the election as they watch their favorite cartoons via commercials, on the Internet, and on the radio. They are inundated with politics just like we are.
But the most important thing I want to know is…
Where are our stickers, Nassau County! These stickers are not only for the voters, but the children who are going to the polls with their parents. Now that I think about it, I have only received a sticker once as an almost 9 year resident of Nassau County and that was in a school board election.
We feel robbed. We feel slighted. We feel silenced. Does Nassau County lack voter pride?
Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but we want to know where our stickers are and we want to know now.
Did you get a sticker? If so, where do you live?