City The Perils of Voting
posted by October 1 at 14:27 PMon
Voting in Seattle is dangerous! So dangerous, in fact, that the city is stepping in to hold a voter-registration conclave this Saturday in the relative shelter of City Hall. October 4—one month prior to the general election—marks the registration cut-off. City Council Member Bruce Harrell said in a statement today that Seattleites know the challenges that “prevent youth from engaging in the election process.” He has vowed to provide those youth “a fun, safe environment to assist with voter registration while finding solutions to barriers that may keep young people from ages 18 to 25 from voting.”
Jonah, across the office from where I sit, is a 25-year-old youth, and I’d hate to see him hurt. So as a 31-year-old infant, I share Harrell’s concerns. A pitfall lurks under every voter-registration card. Cardstock ballots cause papercuts. Chads may punch back. Pens really are mightier than the sword. So watch your back, doe-eyed voters and 70-year-old toddlers, and head down to city Hall this Saturday between 1 p.m. and 4p.m. … if you dare.