Yesterday in class one of my seniors announced that she voted in the school levy election of our community.
I was like, “YES! Way to go.” It made me happy that she exercised her right to vote and that she also had been listening to me all year while I have encouraged the seniors to vote when they had the chance. I have even used class time to allow them to register to vote online because I think it is that important. But then, she explained what happened…
She said that her dad sat her down and told her to open the ballot. He then proceeded to instruct her on how to fill it out, like exactly which answers to fill in.
My students said the comment from her mother was, “As long as you live in this house, you will fill out your ballot just like your dad.”
I was, admittedly, speechless at first. I protested and said she should have filled it out herself. But then, what could she really do? She was stuck in a hard place. I haven’t ever heard of a parent doing that before. I hope there aren’t more out there like that.
Hopefully, she gets a voice (of her own) in the next election.
Anyone out there expect their children, wife, or other family members to vote the way they do? If so, why?