Monday, July 28, 2008

The difficulties of voter registration

The Washington Post has a good piece up, written out of Macon, about the gap between saying you're going to register 500,000 new voters and actually getting them to the polls.

From the Post:
For many of these disengaged people, racial solidarity with Obama does not automatically trump apathy or despair. Even if volunteers manage to get them registered, it will require intensive follow-up to make sure they know where to vote, have the necessary identification and then turn out. ...

Latasha Edwards, 20, a college student in lime flip-flops, flatly said that her vote would not make a difference. "There are a million other people on Earth," she said. ...

Lorrie Miller, 25, a mother of four who works in the mailroom of the local newspaper, was mostly uninformed about voting, saying she had last voted in the seventh grade, confusing a mock election held in school with the real thing.

Several others averted Bass's gaze, gave her a cold stare when she approached or signaled with a curt "I can't vote" that they are felons, who under Georgia law are not allowed to cast ballots. Bass reminded them that they can register after they finish probation.

Apathy and ignorance: Currently undefeated.

1 comment:

Brian said...

Might want to add poverty to the undefeated list