Turn Your Clocks Back One Hour Tonight — NOT 50 YEARS! Voting Rights Speech Monday!

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Voting rights speech,  Madison Kimrey of NC

12-year-old Madison Kimrey of North Carolina wants to talk to you about voting rights.

Two notices remind me to remind you to turn your clocks back tonight at 2 a.m. — but only by one hour! (The second one is a local event — so be sure to read on past the video!)

The subject is voting rights — so meet 12-year-old Madison Kimrey of North Carolina, Ground Zero in this year’s voting rights wars.  We Californians are lucky enough to have one of the best Secretaries of State in the country in Debra Bowen, who in her two terms has championed making voter registration easier and more accurate, including allowing teenagers to “pre-register” to vote before they turn 18 (and for all of us to register via the Internet!)

Not every state is so fortunate.  Some states are downright lousy — such as North Carolina.  Madison will tell you about that:

Election law decisions — Bush v. Gore and Citizens United and last year’s Shelby County case (which allowed this year’s voting shenanigans) and probably this year’s McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (which would blow the top off of individual limits on direct contributions to federal campaigns) — are among the Supreme Court’s most important and far-reaching.  You may not live in North Carolina, but California is still part of the U.S. — so if you want to know more about them, you’re lucky to live in a county with one of the nation’s foremost legal experts on the topic: Prof. Rick Hasen of UCI’s Law School.

Hasen is speaking on the topic of “Voting Rights, Voting Wars & the Supreme Court” in Laguna Woods this Monday.  (It’s a regular meeting of the Democratic Club there, but their business should end by about 7:00, at which time he’s scheduled to begin.  Hasen is a top expert in that area of voting/election/campaign law. The talk and Q&A from Hasen is described by an informant as “Chemerinsky-level” — that’s like a five-star hotel rating — but will focus entirely on election law: the Supreme Court (and other court) cases, voter-suppression tactics, litigation push-back against same, politics and legal points of Congress reviving the Voting Rights Act, etc.

So turn remember back those clocks tonight — but try to leave yourself in November 2013.  (2009 would be better, so far as election law goes, but many of our readers don’t have that level of time machine technology.)

About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.