Translating Anti-War Protests into Political Will
The chances of that happening are pretty well non-existent. But today on Altercation I came across an idea that has real merit and is easy to implement:
"[D]on't you think if the anti-war crowd started setting up voter registration booths at every event, that might get Bush's attention? Nothing else will." -- Matt, Pgh
Now there's an idea.
Here's the Minnesota voter registration form: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/election/98vrcard.pdf
I did some research about the legality of signing up people to vote, then mailing the forms for them. It is, according to the League of United Latin American Citizens:
Q: Can my organization mail the completed Forms we receive in our registration drive, or do the individuals need to mail them personally? If we can mail them, do they have to be individually stamped or can they be bundled?
An organization may mail completed Voter Registration Applications to the appropriate election office(s) individually or in a bundle. The Department of Justice interprets the cost of first class postage to fall into the realm of "facilitating" voter registration, and not as an attempt to induce an individual to register to vote by giving something of value, which would be prohibited by the "vote buying" provisions of the Voting Rights Act.
In the same vein, LULAC says the forms can be photocopied in many states.
Q: Can the Form be photocopied?
Yes. However, please be aware that photocopied voter registration applications will not be accepted by all 50 States.
The following states accept photocopied voter registration applications: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.
We've got the forms and the laws. Now all we need are some volunteers and clipboards.