Why having the right to vote should not be taken for granted.
1787: Passage of the U.S. Constitution gives white male property owners over 21 the right to vote
1870: The 15th Amendment guarantees the voting rights of all men over 21 regardless of race or ethnic background
1920: The 19th Amendment gave women over 21 the right to vote.
1964: Made it illegal for states to charge poll taxes
1971: The 26th Amendment made the voting age 18 across the country
1875: One vote changed France from a monarchy to a republic
1923: One vote gave Adolf Hitler control of the Nazi party
1776: One vote gave the U.S. the English language instead of German
I decided to take advantage of early voting last weekend. After listening to the stories in line about troubles with absentee ballots, sample ballots, and computers, I hope that the election is not real close. Recounting could be a huge mess!
This was the first time that my early vote site was a VFW post. The local library was just too small for the crowds. I felt a surge of patriotism and gratitude as I took in my surroundings. There were many displays set up that honored the service and sacrifice of those that have served this country and its citizens.