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Local 7-year-old counts the yard signs since he can't vote

If you're on the fence about voting Tuesday, let 7-year-old Jack Grove convince you.

Posted: Nov. 5, 2018 12:43 PM
Updated: Nov. 5, 2018 9:36 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — If you're on the fence about voting Tuesday, let 7-year-old Jack Grove convince you. 

Jack is fascinated with all the campaign yard signs that started popping up in his West Lafayette neighborhood a few weeks ago. So, he started counting them.

"Sherry Shiply, Ron Alting, Julie Roush, Vicky Woeste, Chris Campbell, Mike Braun and Joe Donnelly," Jack rattled off of signs he'd seen.

Jack still has 11 years until he can vote, and he's pretty bummed about that. While his age may prevent him from casting a ballot, his logic about how you should vote is pretty smart.

"I would just tell them, you should vote for this person because she's really nice and really helpful," said Grove. 

The good news is Jack can actually go to the polls. In Indiana, anyone under 18 can accompany a voter in the voting booth.

"They can definitely come," said Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey. "In fact, we encourage it. We want them to take an 'I Voted' sticker even though they didn't truly vote."

Coffey said if you teach them young, it sticks with them when they turn 18.

"We want to build that memory of going to vote," said Coffey.

She just asks the kids not touch the screens because they are sensitive. Otherwise, they can be part of the whole process.

So if you don't have plans to cast your ballot tomorrow, think about Jack, and how badly he wants to vote. Let his desire change your mind.

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