Chick-fil-A is arguably better known for politics than poultry dishes these days and that trend is continuing in Florida this year. Local Democrats in Pinellas County are upset that the food chain will be the site of voter registration drives in coming days, citing the notably conservative positions taken by the chain’s owners. How this translates to some sort of violation of election law remains a mystery, but if the Democrats don’t have something to complain about they’re never really happy so we may as well get clucking. (Tampa Bay Times)
A controversy is clucking in Pinellas County over chicken sandwiches, sweet tea and voter registration cards.
The Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County are crying foul over Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark’s decision to hold voter registration drives at nine Chick-fil-A locations. Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain known for putting faith ahead of profits, supports conservative causes.
Susan McGrath, leader of the Stonewall Democrats and head of the Pinellas Democratic Party, said the decision to use Chick-fil-A would be similar to a Democratic supervisor of elections holding the event at Planned Parenthood.
What precisely is the complaint being registered here? This is a voter registration drive, not a polling place. Anyone showing up at the restaurant can fill out a form and register regardless of party preference. I suppose you can argue that the eatery attracts more conservatives so the percentage of Republicans filling out forms might be higher, but so what? Nobody is barred from participating.
Oh, wait. Now I see. The Democrats are saying that it would be equally unfair if they held a voter registration drive at Planned Parenthood. Excuse me, Ms. McGrath, but do you read the news at all? That’s been going on for months. (NBC News)
Planned Parenthood will begin a nonpartisan campaign to register voters at its clinics, on college campuses and online to help marginalized populations participate more in this election cycle, the women’s health provider announced to the Huffington Post Friday.
The voter registration campaign titled “My Vote, My Voice” will have volunteers in 45 states set up tables outside of Planned Parenthood clinics and other spots in communities to educate people about their state’s voter ID laws while helping them register to vote. Two weeks before the general election, volunteers will also remind people to vote.
So if we’re to give the people doing the complaining here any credence, one hand needs to wash the other. Let’s all join in with Susan McGrath and the Pinellas County Democrats and demand that there be an immediate halt to voter registration at all Planned Parenthood clinics around the nation. I mean, it’s only fair, right?
Or you could just apologize and let us all get back to eating our Spicy Chicken Sandwich and Grilled nuggets.