We assume election fatigue has subsided enough for most people that they can handle this: It’s time to vote for our local Boys & Girls Club of Kern County.

The Lamont Boys & Girls Club has been selected as one of 15 finalists, in a field of 100 entries, for the "Let’s Play Before And After Photo Contest."

Voting opened Monday and ends on March 26.

The 10 organizations with the most votes will receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000, according to a news release. Of course we want them to win $15,000, so get voting.

The money will go toward sports equipment to replace the Lamont club's much-used kick balls, soccer balls and hula hoops.

"The Lamont Boys & Girls Club is a small Club in a rural California community where playing outside is not always safe," the organization's photo entry on Facebook says. "Not only do the children in Lamont have financial struggles to deal with, but many of them are physically not healthy."

The post continues: "The Club's backyard is a great space for them to get exercise but our sports equipment and hula hoops have seen better days. Please select us to win the Before and After Photo Contest. #LetsPlayBeforeAndAfter"

The kids need the equipment to take part in an important goal: 60 minutes of physical activity per day “to develop fitness (obesity prevention), a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills,” the news release says.

You can vote on the Let’s Play Facebook page. It will require voters to "like" the page, but don’t let that deter you from voting. Once you like the page, you can vote once per day by clicking on the green “Vote” button. It’s as simple as that.

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