Helping Kids Register to VotePosted by on Thursday, October 27th, 2011
A few days ago, I wrote about new voter registration laws throughout the country that make it a hassle for people to either properly register to vote or to have the proper identification to show at the polls. Although I don’t know the best way to ensure a non-compromised election, I’m pretty sure the solution doesn’t lie in some of these new laws being bandied about. After all, even if we jump through all of the hoops to get registered and obtain the proper identification, in most locations we trust our election results to some machine essentially controlled by “the man behind the curtain”.
Today, I learned about another election-related law. In this case, a high school civics teacher may face thousands of dollars in fines for helping students register to vote. You see, she held a voter registration drive at the school but didn’t register the event with the state (Florida) ahead of time. So far, the state has only issued warnings, so maybe that’s what will happen to her. But, the fact that she might not get punished, does not mean that this law makes any sense.
*Note — The original story I linked to has been taken down by its owner. The current links should work, but might not be as relevant to the original story.