12 y.o. gives rocking voting-rights speech (seriously)

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.

Voting rights activist, Madison Kimrey, is 12 years old.

Voting rights activist Madison Kimrey is 12 years old.

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.

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8 Responses to “12 y.o. gives rocking voting-rights speech (seriously)”

  1. disqus_MoFiAjhaVe says:

    great job Madison!!…don’t take any crap!…from anybody…ever!

  2. pappyvet says:

    I am torn when I read stories like this. On the one hand I love what this bright and insightful young lady is doing. On the other, I know that the wingnuts first question will be,”Who told you to say that?”
    They are so bound up with propaganda induced haterd that even though they may see the forest,they no longer believe in trees.

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  4. ariesmatt says:

    Wow. Maybe there is hope for the future of our country after all. Inspiring!

  5. MichaelS says:

    OMG, can we run her for office? Any office? She’s 12 going on 35 (in a good way! :-) )

  6. BeccaM says:

    Good for her! That young lady is going to go far.

  7. Sally says:

    My goodness! That girl is a force to be reckoned with. If I were Governor, I’d think twice about denying her a meeting. Bravo to her parents and teachers. This is a girl who has learned how to think, to reason, to express herself. And Madison..we are with you!

  8. cole3244 says:

    wow what an amazing young lady, i would suggest that the gop take notice because she will be a thorn in their sides from here on out.
    i would also like to hear what her parents are like because they raised an amazing young lady.

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