November 19, 2009, Manchester, NH: More than a dozen employees of the law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association proudly served as volunteers in the Kids Voting New Hampshire program administered by The Political Library on November 3rd. Students in Manchester participated in the municipal elections, casting their vote for the next Mayor of the Queen City. 512 student ballots with the following percentage of votes were reported: Ted Gatsas: 43%; Mark Roy: 51%; Other: 6%.
A state affiliate of the national Kids Voting USA network, Kids Voting NH is a community-based program that combines civic education in the classroom with an authentic voting experience for students. The goal is to improve voter turnout now and in the future.
Michael McCluskey, McLane’s Executive Director was the founding Chair of the program in New Hampshire. The firm was also represented by the following individuals who helped the children cast their ballots at the Ward 1 location were: Dick Hurlburt, Margot Bergeron, Darlene Hargis, Heather Wolcott, Donna Desruisseaux, Melanie Scargill, Connie Coppinger, Maggie Andersen, Jackie Crump and Jennifer Finch.
About Kids Voting New Hampshire
Kids Voting New Hampshire is working to secure the future of democracy by preparing young people to be educated, engaged voters. Evaluation research of Kids Voting USA has demonstrated these combined activities support positive changes in long-term voting behavior and stronger civic participation at the community level.
About the New Hampshire Political Library
The New Hampshire Political Library is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to increase civic engagement in the democratic process by promoting and preserving the state’s unique political traditions and ensuring these traditions are passed on to future generations. The Political Library operates the historic Pierce Manse in Concord and administers the Kids Voting New Hampshire programs in communities across the state. For more information, visit www.politicallibrary.org or call (603) 225-4617.
About the McLane Law Firm
Founded in 1919, the McLane Law Firm is the largest full-service law firm in the state of New Hampshire, with offices in Manchester, Concord and Portsmouth, as well as Woburn, Massachusetts. Driven by the firm’s depth of sophisticated legal expertise and an unwavering commitment to client service, McLane has built collaborative and lasting relationships with a broad spectrum of domestic and international clients. www.mclane.com