They Fought, You Vote

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.

Many have fought for our rights, it is up to us to exercise those rights.

Dates from: http://www.usfca.edu/fac-staff/hancock/pol204/history.htm

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9 thoughts on “They Fought, You Vote

  1. Voting and our democracy go hand in hand. Sometimes we have taken it for granted. We should all be aware of the moves toward voter suppression in the past few years. Vote and stand up for our democracy!

  2. We must remember that the power of the people is encapsulated in the right, priviledge and duty to vote. I feel we frequently confuse the importance of exercising that right with the victory of the candidate of our choice. The importance is in the standing, each one of us, in our own power and voicing our own truth, whatever that may be. My sweet husband’s great grandparents (whom he was fortunate enough to know and love well) endured hardships and aggressions on the road to winning women’s right to vote. He often speaks of 6’4″ Grandpa marching alongside 4’10” Grandma to make sure she came to no harm in the quest for equality. In our household, voting is personal in that way. Thanks for the reminder, Katie! xoM

    • What a great family story. Thank you so much for sharing it! It makes the importance much more tangible when you can have such a direct connection to the struggle.

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