TLP: Any Talking Head Will Tell You That High Turnout Is Important
It's not exactly a prime case study for PoliSci 101, but there's something to be said for figuring out a way to get the politically apathetic to take part in the system.
A coalition of liberals, police officers, and a former Reagan administration lawyer say weed could be the secret to high voter turnout this November.I'm not sure we really needed to quote somebody on that last point. Sort of self-evident.
The recently launched “Just Say Now” campaign – led by the liberal blog Firedoglake, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition – plans to spend $500,000 to mobilize young people in the five states where voters will consider the legalization of marijuana this year – Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, and South Dakota. In 2012, the campaign will fight for pot votes in key battleground states like Washington and Nevada.
Their theory is that young people are more likely to come to the polls if marijuana is on the ballot.
Jane Hamsher, the editor of Firedoglake, said legalizing marijuana is one of the most popular issues among voters age 18 to 34.
The key to success for this political movement, obviously, is going to be attention to detail. Registration, finding the right polling place, remembering to go, remembering not to forget the photo ID. You can understand how there might be a few of the newly politically active in this coalition who will really need to concentrate on all of that.
And to save the, ahem, celebrating until after the votes have been cast.