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    Posted October 27, 2012 by
    Redmond, Washington
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    Election 2012: Your stories

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    Kids talk about the Presidential elections


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     vijays told me, 'I was inspired by my son who asked a lot of questions about the Presidential candidates during the 2008 elections when he was barely six. I am surprised by how kids are drawn to specific issues - ranging from race, education, the poor and homeless to distribution of free ice cream. It is also interesting to observe the influence of media, parents and peers.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    76 million Americans don't get to vote. It's time to hear their voices.

    After seeing my son's interest in politics in 2008 (when he was six) and his animated discussions with his friends, I interviewed a few kids about their thoughts on the election.

    Here is round two for the 2012 Presidential elections. It started with family, friends, neighborhood kids and expanded to kids that I didn'd know at farmers' markets and malls.

    What fascinates me is how media coverage of the presidential elections, parents' preferences and peer views influence what kids think about the elections, the candidates and important issues facing America today. Its heartening to see the natural underlying compassion in these kids.

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