Where is the “Rock the Vote”
We should all vote. It is one of the most incredible gifts as citizens of the United States. We get to cast our own vote for the candidates or our choice. One vote is powerful. I believe that everyone should have the day off to vote or they should change voting to Saturdays like other countries. You should be able to fill out all your voting information when you get your license even though there is a few years delay on voting from being able to drive but at least registering to vote will take place.
In 1990, MTV launched Rock the Vote. It created awareness among the youth to get out there to register to vote and then actually vote. Where is this generation’s Rock the Vote? Why doesn’t Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube create their own Rock the Vote initiative? People are starting to have a reaction to over-consumption of social media these days but they do have the eyeballs. Being socially responsible by creating a new type of Rock the Vote campaign would be in everyone’s interest.
If anyone out there is reading this who has the potential to get everyone out to the voting booth, please do. These days more than any other, we need to embrace our democracy and not take it for granted.
in some cases, districts are so gerrymandered or the local political machine so powerful that people voting doesn’t make a difference. voters feel powerless. (see Chicago and the state of Illinois)
I’m a big fan of Yara Shahidi’s Eighteenx18 youth initiative- https://www.eighteenx18.com/
.As an Election Judge, I see who votes at my precincts and others. I mediate the voter registration beefs at my polling place.You know who makes kids register to vote? Their mothers.I cannot tell you the number of times a mom and a kid come in to vote together.Mothers — wow! The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…
.There is a Federal Statute which is known as “Motor Voter” which requires states to have a definitive policy on using the administrative process of applying for and receiving a drivers license to register voters.There are several states which have AVR (automatic voter registration). Alaska, California, Colorado, DC, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.There are a huge number of states which have introduced similar legislation.Big point — the use of Motor Voter is seen as being very bi-partisan as there is no party sponsorship and therefore as many Dems as Republicans should be registered because both get drivers licenses.The Brennan Center has a good article or two on it.https://www.brennancenter.o…The real problem is this — young people DON’T VOTE. The impact of young people on any of the Federal elections is ZERO.The people who vote have gray hair.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…