Grand Island girl learning the power of a vote thanks to mom's creativity

Posted at 3:00 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 06:05:49-05

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WKBW) — All around Western New York, moms and dads have become full-time teachers. Many children are learning in a remote or hybrid manner.

But one family from Grand Island decided it would be best to home-school their daughter. She's now learning a powerful lesson in politics.

With her hand raised at a mock town hall, seven-year-old Cami Crvelin had the first question of the candidates. Her mom, Beth, is helping moderate the conversation.

There are three candidates in this election cycle: Peachy Keene, Alexandra McQueen and Robert Holmes. They're each vying for Cami's crucial vote and the votes of her colorful friends.

At the check-in table, Cami shows us she understands the Election Day process. She's playing the role of a volunteer. She knows what a voter would do when they arrive and how to cast a ballot.

"You can take your ballot, go over there. You can write the candidate's first name. You do not write your name on top. Then you can fold it in half and put it in the jar," Cami told the voter.

The votes are tediously tallied. They're counted one at a time. Alexandra McQueen was finally declared the winner.

It's the simplicity of a seven-year-old, learning a powerful lesson in politics, the democratic process and the power of her own voice.

Cami will turn 18 in 11 years. Her first vote for president will be in 2032.