Atherton Mayor on Worldwide Voter Rights
June 9, 2011:
Monday, September 27, 2010
On September 17, Kathy McKeithen, Mayor of Atherton spoke at Menlo College's Constitution Day celebration. The title of her speech was "Constitution Day and the Right to Vote." Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.
Students gathered on the Menlo College Quad for Mayor McKeithen's poignant speech that reviewed the history of the right to vote, and described her observation about the vulnerability of voter rights during her travels to South Africa, the Ukraine, and Burma.
"While we may not really appreciate it, it is this right [the right to vote] which empowers us all," concluded Mayor McKeithen.
Melissa Michelson, Professor of Political Science and organizer of the event said, "Mayor McKeithen's remarks really highlighted the paradox of low youth voter turnout in the United States. There are none of the barriers to participation that oppress those in some other countries, and yet youth generally do not turn out. I hope her words inspire Menlo students to exercise their political freedom on Election Day."