I just gave Barack Obama and the rest of you Americans 14 hours of my life today. I volunteered as a legal observer/poll watcher. Even got a snazzy lil certificate that says so. What’s a legal observer, you ask? Unfortunately, it has absolutely nothing to do with strip clubs and drink specials. This is what lawyers and law students do to make sure no one is disenfranchised (aka their right to vote isn’t infringed upon, dummy).
As a sidebar, it’s noteworthy to mention that there is no actual federal right to vote in the United States. No Constitutional Amendment. Nada. There are, however, several amendments which tell us who cannot be prevented from voting based on certain criteria or classes.
15th Amendment: no law may restrict any race from voting 19th Amendment: no law may restrict any sex from voting 23rd Amendment: giving residents of D.C. the right to vote 24th Amendment: the right to vote in federal elections may not be conditioned on payment of a poll tax 26th Amendment: no law may restrict those 18 years of age or older from voting because of their age
Basically, if you’re over 18 you can vote.
Anyway, I digress. Back to the poll watching…