My daughter's recollection of her younger brother's voting experience was summed up perfectly.

"He was really concentrating and thinking about it," she said as we walked out of the polling place Tuesday evening.

"He was even asking me questions."

My daughter had no trouble with her voting. She's naturally brilliant, as anyone's daughter is. She votes how she thinks, and that's that. It's similar to once a middle-school girl makes up her mind, there's no changing it (and she's not even in middle school yet).

My son, though, he's a bit more of a thinker and ponderer -- perhaps because he might be trying to fashion excuses for something he's done, or is thinking of doing. He's the typical second-grader.

He was told he only had to vote for one or two of the races in the Kids Voting Kansas event to get his free McDonald's meal coupon. He chose to vote in all of them. That's just the way he rolls.

But it was his voting strategy that got me thinking and wondering just who he voted for. So I did the natural parent thing -- I asked.

"Well," our 7-year-old son said. "I voted for the guy in the middle, I think."

He was referring to the U.S. Senate race, which featured incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Independent challenger Greg Orman and Libertarian Randall Batson.

Through his recollection, he voted for the relatively unknown Batson -- who got nary an ounce of coverage from media outlets throughout the state.

Let's face it: If you weren't a diehard Libertarian, you probably didn't even know he was in the same race as the longtime senator and the successful businessman.

"Ask him why," my daughter said.

Of course, I couldn't resist.

"Why'd you vote for him, bud?" I asked.

"Well, they said the old guy is deaf and doesn't listen, and that other guy has been sued 10 times," he answered, referring to Roberts (the old guy) and Orman (the guy sued).

Fair enough, I guess. Apparently he was the only one in the state listening to all the political mumbo-jumbo on the television commercials the last several weeks.

Whether what he was basing his vote on was truthful -- or factual, for that matter -- is probably another story. But it was his choice, just as our great country guarantees when we go to the polls.

"He even asked me who the school guy was," my daughter said, following up her amazement of her brother's voting choices.

Of course, she was referring to James Leiker, the Democratic challenger to Rep. Sue Boldra, R-Hays, in the 111th District race.

Later that night as my son settled into bed, I told him the results of the Kids Voting contest from Hays students.

"Darn," he said about Batson's loss, which is similar to what many others might have been muttering after all results were tallied and their favorite candidate -- or hope for a "better" tomorrow -- lost.

Sometimes you never know what your kids are going to say or hear.

And you don't know how they might vote, either.

Nick Schwien is managing editor of The Hays Daily News.

nschwien@dailynews.net