Voter registration ’08
Home School Legal Defense Association and Generation Joshua will be coordinating a special Voter Registration Initiative (VRI) in six states (Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Virginia) for students ages 11–19 who are interested in influencing the 2008 election.
“As homeschoolers, the upcoming election should have special significance to us, as both educational freedom and parental rights have recently come under attack, most notably in California,” says Jim Mason, senior counsel at HSLDA. “In 2000, 100 million Americans chose not to vote in the presidential election. If we are to maintain our freedoms, this cannot happen again. By registering citizens to vote, young people can make a difference.”
CITIZENS TO VOTE
Educational freedom and parental rights are matters that will be influenced by all three branches of government. All homeschoolers should register to vote and should consider whether candidates will fight to uphold the freedoms and rights that are integral to parents’ ability to raise their children according to their convictions.
While voter registration in September might seem far removed from making your own voice heard in November, consider this: every person you register to vote becomes another voice in November.
HSLDA Senior Counsel Christopher Klicka drives this point home: “Statistics show that approximately 50% of eligible adults actually register to vote. In any given election, only about 50% of registered voters (that is, 25% of adults) vote! That means it only takes about 13% of adults to elect any given candidate. Help more people to register this year. Every vote counts!”
The HSLDA/Generation Joshua VRI includes incentives for participating students—exciting prizes, ranging from GenJ T-shirts and Starbucks and Cold Stone Creamery gift cards to iPods and laptops. The prize initiative is not limited to students from the six target states; any 11- to 19-year-old who wants to participate can complete a voter registration drive in one of the targeted states, regardless of where they live. Generation Joshua clubs are strongly encouraged to participate, but membership in HSLDA or GenJ is not required for participation
HSLDA and GenJ need your help in this crucial task. Please visit Generation Joshua’s homepage and click on the voter registration link for state-by-state rules, prize information, and voter registration resources, or email GenJ_Voter_Drive@hslda.org. You can also call 540-338-8608.
“John Adams stated that ‘Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other,’ ” says Generation Joshua Director Will Estrada.
He adds, “As United States citizens, we have been entrusted with the responsibility to guard liberty by electing strong, moral leaders who will take a stand for freedom. By taking a few hours to help register other citizens to vote, and a few minutes to vote on election day, we can fulfill this responsibility and help make our nation’s future brighter.”
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Lucas Mason is the national voter registration coordinator for Generation Joshua.