Damn this kid has spunk. Madison Kimrey is 12 years old, and was upset that the Republicans in the North Carolina legislature passed a law to depress the vote among college students, minorities and the poor – basically, Democratic voters.
So she created her own voting rights organization, NC Youth Rocks.
At age 12.
Jon Green has written about the North Carolina legislation for us before.
Also this past week, the Daily Show interviewed a North Carolina GOP official who admitted the law was passed in order to stop Democrats from voting.
Story of America has more on the GOP-backed law:
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.
The same law does away with disclosure requirements for political advertising and increases the limit on campaign contributions. Also, the law does away with same-day registration during early voting, which had been popular with African Americans and other groups who had previously not engaged in the democratic process at the same level as white voters had. The US Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit under the Voting Rights Act.
In this speech Kimrey takes exception to the end of a program by which 16 and 17-year-olds pre-registered to vote when getting their drivers license or through school programs.
Madison spoke to a rally this past Monday, October 28, 2013, and she was simply amazing for any age.
Here’s one snippet from her speech:
After signing the bill, Gov. McCrory’s office issued a statement calling preregistration [of voters] a ‘bureaucratic burden.’
I wanted to meet with our governor in order to discuss preregistration, but he called my request to meet with him ‘ridiculous,’ and called me a ‘prop for liberal groups.’
This is not leadership. The young people of North Carolina deserve better. I am not a prop. I am part of the new generation of suffragettes, and I will not stand silent while laws are passed to reduce the amount of voter turnout by young people in my home state.
Watch the video. It’s not long. This kid is something else.