Tuesday, June 2, 2015

VIDEO: 12-year-old girl schools Senator on voter registration

Madison Kimrey, a 12-year-old girl in North Carolina, gave a speech late last month about voter registration. She walks those in attendance through the different portions of North Carolina's limitations on per-registration for teenagers and called out local politicians for their answers to questions about proposed voter identification legislation and comments they made about the confusing nature of the laws.

VIDEO: 12-year-old girl schools Senator on voter registration

Madison Kimrey, a 12-year-old girl in North Carolina, gave a speech late last month about voter registration. She walks those in attendance through the different portions of North Carolina's limitations on pre-registration for teenagers and called out local politicians for their answers to questions about proposed voter identification legislation and comments they made about the confusing nature of the laws.

12-year-old Madison Kimrey of Burlington founded NC Youth Rocks after the North Carolina legislature passed voting restriction laws targeting young people, women, minorities, and the poor.

The law appears to be designed to create long lines at the polls — especially in more populous, urban areas — by cutting early voting and making the voting process more time consuming (this was the formula that created 8-hour waits in Florida for the 2012 election, as a FL election official testified to the House Elections Committee in March 2013). Also, the law requires voters to produce a photo ID, but student IDs are not accepted, even if issued by a state university.

Basically, she's one impressive tween and it's incredibly refreshing to know that she's schooling her elected officials on voter ID mandates rather than cyberbullying people who say negative things about Justin Bieber on Twitter.

Take a few minutes out of your probably crappy Monday to marvel at a little girl who's got her stuff together. [h/t Upworthy]

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