Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Register to Vote Day

Today is National Register to Vote Day.  Voting is an important part of a democratic society.  It is about expressing a preference for, or against, an elected official or ballot measure.  There are deadlines to register to vote, for absentee voting, and early in person voting that are coming up in October.  Below are several places in which to get registered, check your registration, or find out more information about your states requirements.

  • IWillVote: sponsored by the Democratic National Committee
  • SaveTheDay: From their site they are “a digital production company dedicated to the idea that voting is a necessary and heroic act.”
  • CanIVote that was set up by state election officials to help direct people to the right state websites.
  • RockTheVote a nonpartisan, non-profit organization aimed at getting young people to vote.
  • USA.Gov where you can register to vote; and check your status.
  • Vote.Org where you can check your registration status.  You can either enter your information into their form or go to the list of states click on your state and enter the information directly into your states site.

WordPress also has a Get Out the Vote Voter Look-Up Tool:

 

Here are two videos by Save The Day about the importance of voting:

Video one “Importand Save The Day“:

Video two “You Say Vote: (The owner of the video disabled playback on other sites.  It has to be seen on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox4HbjT0HKk)

 

George Bernard Shaw

“No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.”
— George Bernard Shaw

50 Days Until Election

It is hard to believe that there are just 50 days left in this never-ending election cycle.  Voting is important to our democracy.  Every few days there seems to be another headline about changes to the voting laws in a variety of states.  So it is important for every voter to stay informed about the current laws for their state.  For the majority of states, the deadline for voter registration is around the first week of October.  So, it isn’t too early to get registered to vote, check on voter registration, or get registered for early or absentee voting.  According to the National Conference of State Legislators currently, there are:

  • 34 states and the District of Columbia that allow no-excuse early voting in person;
  • 3 states (Oregon, Washington, and Colorado) that have vote by mail systems
  • 27 states and the  District of Columbia that allow absentee voting by mail without an excuse.
  • 20 states that allow absentee voting by mail if voters meet specific criteria

A search for “confirm voting registration” brings back several options for confirming voter registration status.  Included among them are:

  • CanIVote that was set up by state election officials to help direct people to the right state websites.
  • RockTheVote a nonpartisan, non-profit organization aimed at getting young people to vote.
  • USA.Gov where you can register to vote; and check your status.
  • Vote.Org where you can check your registration status.  You can either enter your information into their form or go to the list of states click on your state and enter the information directly into your states site.

WordPress also has a Get Out the Vote Voter Look-Up Tool:

To find out what measures are on your ballot this election you can go to your Secretary of States website and/or places like Ballotpedia.org.  Ballotpedia allows you to search for statewide measures.  The site then provides the text of the measure, statements for and against, media editorial positions and any poll results.  They also link to all references and have additional external links.

For the most up-to-date information check with your Secretary of States website and/or local elections office.

 

Google Doodle Contest

Have you ever wanted to have your doodle selected for the Google Doodle?  If so, and if you are in grades K-12 then it could be:

This years “Doodle 4 Google” contest is open from September 14, 2016 until December 2, 2016.  The doodle needs to tell the world, “What I see for the future”.  Any materials can be used in the creation of the doodle so clay, graphic design, and even food can all be used.  Make sure that the doodle is an original piece of work by the artist and does not contain any logos or trademarks.  The entry form can be downloaded from their site and entries can be submitted online or mailed to Google.  Only one entry per student and the first entry submitted is the one they will judge.  Keep in mind that the doodle will be viewed on computers, laptops, smartphones, etc., so test out how yours looks before submitting.

The national winner will get their doodle featured on the Google homepage for a day, and they will also get:

  • A $30,000 college scholarship
  • A $50,000 Education Technology award for their school
  • A trip to Google Headquarters in CA
  • A Chromebook
  • An Android tablet

For more information and to enter a doodle:  https://doodles.google.com/d4g/  Remember this is only for artists in grades K-12.

Annonymous

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Annonymous

 

*This quote is often incorrectly attributed to Plato.  As a website states it does not appear in any of his works, letters, or dialogues.