Central Fla. parents bring kids along for ride while voting at polls

Children accompanying parents wait in long lines at precincts

By Julie Broughton - Anchor

ORLANDO, Fla. - Waiting in line to vote is hard enough for adults, but for kids, it can be even more difficult. Some polling places reported wait times as much as five hours on Tuesday, and a lot of parents we spoke to chose to bring their children along for the experience.

Jorge Torres and his 7-month-old son, Jackson, voted at the Maitland Civic Center. Torres said he considers the wait time a great opportunity for a little bonding.

"Why not? I had him and I might as well come out and enjoy the day and go vote," Torres said.

Stay-at-home mom Jessica Quesenberry is voting with her toddler, Lily.

"Wherever I go, she goes. It actually hasn't been that bad. Thank god for the ducks and the grass and trees to keep her occupied, but I mean, it's worth it," she said.

Voters waiting in line near Lily tell Local 6 she actually made their wait go faster.

Stephanie McCoy brought her grandmother to help out with 14-month old Logan. She says she could have left him at home, but wants to show him the importance of voting.

"He's well enough behaved to stay and chill until we get to the front" McCoy said.

Quesenberry said she agrees.

"It is a responsibility to do if you want to have a say, so you have to do it long line or not," she said.

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