Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians practice voting

Published: Nov. 4, 2018 at 3:34 PM EST
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Girl Scouts is about learning life skills at a young age. With the upcoming elections, the Girl Scouts Council of South Appalachians is including voting under those skills. They had girls and their parents vote on issues.

"It's just amazing," said Carlie Houk, who is a Girl Scout.

It was a unique exercise for the Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians. They learned how to vote. They held the voting event inside West Town Mall.

7-year-old Carlie Houk is one of the Girl Scouts who filled out a ballot.

"Super important you don't want the wrong person ruling our country," said Carlie.

Carlie's mom, Margaret Houk, agrees that it is an important skill for her daughter.

"I feel like she needs to learn that she has a voice," said Margaret.

Council CEO Lynne Fugate said the girls and their parents are voting on issues at the troop level.

"We teach young women how to be good stewards of their community and the best way to be a good steward of your community is to be active in it, and the biggest way to be active is to vote," said Lynne Fugate, who is the chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachian.

Even though it's on a smaller scale, the girls are understanding how it would be similar to voting in a real election.

Carlie said it wasn't too hard.

"Just put in a slip and at the end, you get your patch, and your bracelet," said Carlie.

The parents voted too. The Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians compared the girls votes to their parents just for fun.

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