In 1789, voting was reserved only for white men who owned land.
In 1828, law added any white man over 21 years old.
In 1870, Black men in the north gained the right to vote.
By 1887, Native American men (who gave up their tribal citizenship) were allowed to vote and the 19th Amendment in 1920 gave white women the same ability. It wasn’t until 1965 that all Native Americans, Chinese-Americans and Black men and women could go to the polls. But what sits between these notable years on this long timeline is decades of voter suppression resulting in misrepresentation and minority struggle followed by legislative change.
So today we vote because we possess a right that many within our country are still denied by bureaucratic injustices and photo ID laws.
We’re voting because this mid-term election may prove to be the most significant of our generation; the House, Senate and Gubernatorial races – will determine policies on climate change, LGBTQ equality, immigration and criminal justice reform.
We vote for the dozens of races that historically been determined by a margin of almost nothing; reiterating that YOUR VOTE DOES MATTER. And most visibly, we vote to reaffirm that we believe in unity over division, champion honesty over deceit and cultivate inclusion over fear. - Maureen Post
We urge you to VOTE. Take the first step and register here: Vote.gov
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