Photos: In Costa Rica, kids learn at a young age the importance of voting
HEREDIA CENTRO – Kids of all ages joined the electoral party this Sunday to cast their symbolic votes for president in national children’s elections. Kids elections offer a hands-on lesson on the Costa Rican democratic process in several special cantons across the country. The Tico Times joined the Santa Cecilia Bilingual School in Heredia for this patriotic day.
The children’s election is modeled after the country’s official election, held the same day. It is open to those under 18. One goal of Costa Rica’s children’s elections is to spark interest at an early age and curb voter abstention.
Children also volunteered to be guides and fiscals at the voting booths, and they explained to voters the process once in the booth. Teachers guided and supervised the process.
Results of the children’s elections will be made public after 6 p.m., although they have no influence on the official count.
Here’s a photo report:
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