A student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida sent out a fundraising appeal Friday for the Democratic National Committee.
Sara Imam writes to DNC supporters that she turned 18 years the day after the massacre and “immediately registered to vote,” then encouraged others who are of age to vote on behalf of her fellow Parkland students who are not yet old enough to vote.
“On February 14th, I lost 17 members of my community in a mass shooting at my school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. But we, the survivors, refuse to let their names be forgotten. We refuse to let their deaths be in vain,” Imam wrote.
“We have decided to take action to ensure that an event like this will never happen again. We are calling for stricter gun laws. We are calling for change,” Imam added.
“We’ve kept up the momentum of our #NeverAgain movement — but the truth is many of us are not old enough to vote,” Imam wrote. “We need you, the people of America, to get out and vote this year — for you, your family, your community, but also for people like me. Do it for the survivors who can’t vote yet. Do it for those who will never be able to vote because they were murdered in their school, their neighborhood, or their place of worship. Do it so no parent will ever have to receive the news that their child has been shot at school.”
“There is too much at stake for us to retreat from this fight. Can I count on you to commit to vote this fall?”
The email asks for a commitment to register their contact info with the DNC, but, once that process is completed, the user is automatically presented with the DNC’s small-dollar donation page where they can chip in money to help fill the coffers of Tom Perez’s beleaguered political organization.
Imam recently weighed in in the press on a bizarre incident in which a Georgia teacher allegedly fired a gun in an empty classroom.
The concept of teenagers voting — in addition to gun control — seems to be a new cause for Democrats who see advantage among young voters.
On Feb. 28, Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed a bill into law that expedites voter registration for California residents.
“AB 1407 will increase voter engagement by removing the unnecessary step of pro-actively registering to vote, increasing the likelihood of a young person voting in future elections,” said Kevin McCarty a Democratic Assemblyman from Sacramento who sponsored the bill.
The bill will automatically pre-register 16 and 17 year olds to vote upon receipt of a California driver’s license or state identification card. Teenagers will then be eligible to vote when they turn 18 without having to take any further action.
However, in California, illegal immigrants are legally allowed to obtain a driver’s license.