N.H. fifth-graders start voting for ‘Kid Governor’

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    Lola Giannelli, center, a fifth-grader from Nashua, N.H., shakes hands with New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, left, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H, after she was elected the state's first "Kid Governor" as part of civics program created by the Connecticut Democracy Center. At right is Chief Justice Robert Lynn of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer) Holly Ramer

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Published: 11/4/2019 11:41:48 AM

Fifth-graders across New Hampshire are heading to the polls this week to elect the state’s next “Kid Governor.”

This is the second year the state has participated in a national civics program aimed at encouraging civic engagement by teaching students about the history of voting rights, the qualities of good leaders and the mechanics of campaigns. More than 450 students in six New Hampshire schools participated last year, selecting Lola Giannelli, of Nashua, as their first Kid Governor.

She’s spent the last year promoting efforts to protect animals from abuse. The seven candidates hoping to succeed her have platforms that include topics such as bullying, underage tobacco use and college and career awareness.

Voting started Monday and ends Nov. 12.

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