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Law Day focuses on voting

IL Staff
May 1, 2014
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The 2014 Law Day theme looks at the right to vote and why every vote matters. Law Day – celebrated May 1 – was started to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law.

This year’s theme, “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters,” calls on Americans to reflect on the importance of their right to vote and the challenges that still arise when some citizens try to vote.

Law Day 2014 occurs on the eve of the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“The need for advocacy and action is well documented. A recent report of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Election Law noted numerous instances of long lines at the polls during the 2012 presidential election, some voters having to wait hours to cast a ballot. Factors leading to the long wait times included poor planning, lack of alternative voting options, inadequate supply of voting machines, and technology malfunctions. Other factors included long and extensive ballots, sudden changes to voting laws, and lapses in poll worker training,” ABA President James R. Silkenat said.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day in 1958 as a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law. Congress in 1961 designated May 1 as the official date to mark Law Day.

 

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  • May 1 is MAY DAY; Law Day is just a US attempt to Co-opt the day
    'Law Day' is just a US attempt to Co-opt MAY DAY, which is the international day or workers' solidarity. US attorneys are not taught that in college or law school and go along with this.
  • YEAH WHATEVER
    This is a trope. Election fraud is rife in the US and it always has been. Likewise, there is not a hair's breadth of difference between the two parties. "DUbya" Bush ran on a platform of nonintervention. Then 911 happens and we are intervening all over the place. Then Obama gets elected on a peace platform and what does he do? Keeps at the war in Afghanistan for many more years, bombs the crap out of LIbya along the way, allows his troublemakers to foment revolution in Ukraine far beyond our borders and interests taking us to the brink of war again. Who do I vote for if I want peace? NOBODY who would bring peace will EVER make it into the front rank of either party. Our democracy is a FRAUD. PS ever wonder why the bankers don't get prosecuted for the mortgage debacle? Because they have BOTH parties in their pockets. Another big fat FRAUD right before us.

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