The League of Women Voters of the Kenai Peninsula believes that the best way to get young people to grow up to become voters and good citizens is to lead by example. Thus, the LWV provided an opportunity for youth aged 6 to 17 to vote at the Kenai River Festival.
Everyone had a smile on their face Saturday and Sunday when they voted for their favorite Alaskan bird. The winner was the Eagle with 242 votes. The totals for the other entries were: Owl (149), Swan (100) and Chickadee (77). Actual, grown up voting booths were provided on loan so the children could vote on their ballot and put the voted ballot into a ballot box. Of course, this activity was not unrewarded. Each voter received a cookie for their efforts.
The League appreciates the opportunity to show that Democracy works. The mission of the League encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Examples such as the voting for favorite animals and birds helps promote that effort and will encourage youth that reach the age of 18 to go to the polls and vote.