Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Texas students give the finger to voter disenfranchisement

Sometimes a good story comes along in the face of trying to keep people from exercising their rights in our country.

This is one of them.

Thousands of Prairie View Students March 7.3 Miles to Vote

From the story:

Early voting starts today in Texas. In Waller County, a primarily rural county about 60 miles outside Houston, the county made the decision to offer only one early voting location: at the County Courthouse in Hempstead, TX, the county seat.

1000 students, along with an additional 1000 friends and supporters, are this morning walking the 7.3 miles between Prairie View and Hempstead in order to vote today. According to the piece I saw on the news (there's no video up, so I can't link to it), the students plan to all vote today. There are only 2 machines available at the courthouse for early voting, so they hope to tie them up all day and into the night.

Good for them.

I wouldn't hold my breath that my vote would get counted properly in that hick town, but at least they did what they felt was the right thing.

Two cheers for these young voters..

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