With 2012 being a presidential election year, the Nebraska Secretary of State, John A. Gale, is partnering with the Bar Foundation and the Nebraska Supreme Court to sponsor the 13th annual Law Day Essay Contest. The question is as follows:
In many United States elections, less than one in four registered voters actually vote. Also, not all citizens who are eligible to vote actually register to exercise this import right. In Nebraska, even in the 2008 and 2004 general elections, which included voting for president, the number of citizens actually voting was no better than 3 of every 4 registered voters:
QUESTION: In this 2012 presidential election year and in all other elections, what do you think should be done to increase the number of registered voters and voter turnout?
Teachers of students in grades 8 through 12 are encouraged to sponsor students in this contest. The winner from each grade level will be recognized at the annual Law Day Luncheon in Lincoln on April 30. Students representing grades 9 through 12 will be eligible for a drawing to win a scholarship to the National Student Leadership Conference on a major university campus in the summer of 2012.
To view the teacher invitation letter, including instructions for writing and submitting the essays, check the Bar Foundation's website at http://www.nebarfnd.org/law-day-essay-contest. You will also find resources for classroom discussion or preparing to write an essay at this site.