See, I plan on knocking on quite a few doors around Missoula in the days before the election, and even on Election Day. I might even drive someone to the polling place – C.S. Porter School in my case – because I have a feeling they’ve never been there.
But there’s a good chance I won’t be doing that again. For if LR-126 passes, my neighbor would’ve had to register five days before the election, which in this case is Halloween. How many people do you know are going to be thinking of registering to vote on Halloween? Yeah, I thought so.
I bet quite a few will think about it the day or two before the election, but by then it’ll be too late. For with LR-126 on the books, you can’t vote.
So no more Get Out The Vote efforts in Montana, no more young, idealistic youths knocking on your door. And that election night news coverage will probably be a bit shorter as well, for when voter turnout dips down into the single digits, there just isn’t much to report.
It’s for that reason that I’ll take my camera out this year. Maybe if I’m lucky I can have a friendly citizen take a picture of me knocking on a door in November, on Election Day. Who knows – it might end up in the Montana Historical Society museum in Helena, perhaps even the Smithsonian eventually, if LR-126 goes national. And as anyone that knows Montana history, so goes Montana, so goes the nation.
So we’ll see what happens with LR-126 in Montana and I hope you knock on someone’s door on Election Day and tell them about it too.