Law Day 2014


Ever since President Dwight Eisenhower established it in 1958, one day a year has been set aside to recognize the country’s commitment to the rule of law — that is, the concept that all citizens are subject to the law, including the law makers themselves. The rule of law stands in contrast to rule by divine right or rule by force. Congress issued a joint resolution in 1961 designating May 1 of each year as official Law Day. The American Bar Association promotes numerous educational events around the country on Law Day. This year’s focus is voting rights and why every vote matters. The association felt that with this being the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, it was appropriate to shine the spotlight on the importance of voting and improvements that need to be made in the voting process. What are some of the election irregularities the country has experienced? Most adults will remember the notorious “hanging chads” of the 2000 presidential election. One study estimated that in 2012 more than 200,000 voters in Florida went home without voting when they saw how long the waiting lines were. On April 2 of this[…..]