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The Voting Booth: 10/03/20
The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert is set on the day of the presidential election. As it's contemporary, that makes it November 3, 2020. The book, though, assumes an election not affected by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
Marva Sheridan has been doing everything she can to get out the vote, even before she was old enough to vote. Now she's eighteen and it's her first election. She's first in line. She votes successfully.
Duke Crenshaw is also now eighteen. His parents are activists. They've been as busy as Marva. He believes he's preregistered and is also early in line. When he tries to vote, he's not on the rolls. Marva, not wanting to see him miss his chance to vote, jumps in to help.
Thus Marva and Duke strike up a friendship and go on a day long quest to get him to vote. Besides the many hiccups in getting Duke's chance to vote, they have other misadventures. Some of them are related to ditching school. Some are from racial profiling. And some are related to Stella, aka Eartha Kitty, being missing. There's also romance. It develops organically and comes to a satisfying conclusion.
I would love to read an update on Marva and Duke in four years. What have they been up to? How have the four years treated them? Of course the outcome would probably depend on the outcome of this election.
Comment #1: Sunday, October 04, 2020 at 12:48:32
I have no doubt no one accounted for how 2020 turned out. I must say I prefer our voting system where you automatically enrol to vote at 18, your registration process seems messy.
Comment #2: Friday, October 30, 2020 at 19:29:00
It really depends on where you are in this country. First problem is just the vast geographic size. Then there is the fact that every single state essentially acts as its own country. Then within each state the individual counties can decide how the process works to some degree unless state law over-rides local law. Where I live the process is fairly simple from registration through to voting.