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Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:52 PM

Michelle Obama calls on teachers to help students register to vote

Source: The Hill

Michelle Obama is urging teachers in a new public service announcement to help their students register to vote as part of her new nonpartisan voter registration effort.

In a video released Thursday, the former first lady said that the current generation of students would be active in shaping "the course of our communities and our country."

"Last year I launched When We All Vote, a non-partisan get-out-the-vote effort to help make sure everyone makes their voice heard loud and clear," Obama said.

"In November, our country saw historic voter turnout, and that's progress we should celebrate," she continued, before calling that number still "far too low."

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Read more: https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/452824-michelle-obama-calls-on-teachers-to-help-their-students



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Reply Michelle Obama calls on teachers to help students register to vote (Original post)
highplainsdem Friday OP
DBoon Friday #1
Starseer Friday #4
onecaliberal Friday #2
highplainsdem Friday #3
YOHABLO Friday #5
murielm99 Friday #6
Olafjoy Friday #7
riversedge Friday #8
HockeyMom 8 hrs ago #9

Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 02:00 PM

1. expect new laws from red state legislators

to make this illegal

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Response to DBoon (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 03:37 PM

4. If that occurs

and such laws actually go into full effect, expect many teachers to simply interpret those laws in ways that get around the prohibitions.

However, I seriously doubt any such laws will be able to be enforced to any meaningful degree. They will be tied up in courtrooms for quite some time. See, for example, what happened in Florida with HB 1355 back in 2011. The presiding judge (I think it was Robert Hinkle) permanently enjoined several portions of that law that were violative of the First Amendment.

Still, and particularly in this day and time, we should be vigilant.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 02:04 PM

2. In our school district, everyone has the opportunity in their senior government class.

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Response to onecaliberal (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 02:06 PM

3. That's good!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 03:41 PM

5. My history teacher in high school registered students to vote. That was in '73 /'74.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 04:45 PM

6. We have a teacher here who registers students to vote.

When some kid tells him that they don't want to register because both parties are the same, or they won't make a difference, he honors that. But he says, "Then we won't have a democracy any more."

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 04:54 PM

7. 10 bonus points

In my sonís AP Government class you earned 10 bonus points if you registered to vote and 20 points if you voted in an election.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 07:50 PM

8. Good for her.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 07:34 AM

9. Mandatory Senior Participation in Government Class

This was (is?) a required course for Seniors in NY when my kids were in HS. If they turned 18, registering to vote was part of that class.

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