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Steve Bousquet column: Teacher snared by new election law



Dawn Quarles' fate rests in the hands of Attorney General Pam Bondi.

For eight years, Quarles has taught Advanced Placement classes in American government at Pace High School in Santa Rosa County near Pensacola.

In her spare time, she urges students to become voters.

"We have to get them registered," Quarles says of her students. "They're not going to drive themselves down to the elections office, but if they have that card, they will use it."

Registering kids to vote has landed Quarles in trouble. She could face a $1,000 fine, accused of violating a new state law that requires anyone who registers voters to submit all forms within 48 hours, or the next business day if the elections office is closed.

Column here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 8:43am]


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