Today a celebration is given to Americans that most citizens aren’t familiar with. Today is “National Voter Registration Day.” Did you know that in the year 2008, 6 million voters missed out on voting because they missed the registration deadline or they didn’t know how to register?
On September 27, 2016, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country went out and “hit the streets” for National Voters Registration Day. According to Nationalvoterregistrationday.org,this single day of coordinated ﬁeld, technology and media efforts had created pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities–Their goals were to reach tens of thousands of voters who could not be reached otherwise. They succeeded! Unfortunately, the clucking complaints from Democrats today regarding the tactics Republicans using Chick-fil-A restuarants are disturbing the “Hen House!”
In the state of Florida, Pinellas Country, Chick-fil-A is holding voter registrations at nine area Chick-fil-A locations earlier in the week and today, National Voter Registration Day. The Democrats are not happy about it.
Fox news reports that, Susan McGrath, head of the county Democratic Executive Committee and leader of the Pinellas Stonewall Democrats, a pro-LGBT equality group, says she is all in favor of getting out the vote — just not at Chick-fil-A, the Georgia-based fast-food restaurant chain beloved for its fried chicken sandwiches and its adherence to the Southern Baptist culture of its founder by closing on Sundays. The company’s CEO Dan Cathy has made multiple remarks in the past expressing a personal opposition to same-sex marriage.
Republican Elections Supervisor Deborah Clark, chose Chick-fil-A for the voter drives.
Democrat McGrath sent a letter to Clark which wrote:
“As an elected official, you have a duty to be evenhanded and fair. Surely, you and your office staff do understand that using Chick-Fil-A as the base for voter registration activities is not only inherently unfair but overtly partisan as well. This company has a strong and well-understood history of anti-LGBT activism and is publicly associated with Republican Party values.”
McGraph goes on and states her argument.
She compared it to a Democratic supervisor deciding to hold the event at Planned Parenthood and said the get-out-the-vote campaign might just as well be held at the county’s Republican Party headquarters. While some Democrats may occasionally dine at Chick-fil-A (and perhaps even members of the LGBT community), the coordination of Pinellas voter registration activities with this right-leaning business very clearly conveys that your office is targeting Republican-leaning voters,” McGrath wrote.
Clarks Republican spokesman said, they’re holding 350 voter drives at hundreds of places but he did not address McGrath’s allegations.