Several Broward County High Schools will be having drives to pre-register students to vote. They must be 16 and a US citizen. Please check with your school for dates and times.
The following is an editorial:
While walking into Publix the other day my teenaged son told me, “They’re going to be preregistering us to vote at school this week, and I’m going have to figure out which party I’m going to pick.”
I know when he tells me things like this, he’s usually asking my advice. I appreciate this, and try to act the part of the good parent and be as unbiased as possible.
“Well Max, it’s important to think about your choices. You can register to be part of a number of parties, but the major ones are Republican, Democrat and Independent. You’re just going to have to figure out which one best suits you.”
But as we walked further, I knew I couldn’t end the conversation there. No, I had to tell my son who I felt was the right political party in my heart that he should select. I couldn’t be unbiased, not with something so important to me.
“Listen Max, let me remind you that your father and I are Democrats, our parents are Democrats, and the presidents that we know and respect like FDR, JFK, and LBJ are all Democrats. We are part of the party that cares about our fellow man, the party that created Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Healthcare Act. We believe in equal rights and woman’s rights over their bodies, so don’t forget that, OK?”
“Yeah, but it’s still up to me to decide,” he said.
“That’s fine, but let me remind you in case you forgot. Just two years ago, you voluntarily spent your entire summer working making phone calls and registering voters to help get our president elected, a president who just so happens to be a Democrat. So don’t make the wrong choice this week.”