It’s that time of year again - the Presidential election is right around the corner! On Tuesday, November 3, voters will select presidential electors who in turn will vote on December 14, 2020, to either elect a new president and vice president or reelect the incumbents Donald Trump and Mike Pence.
With all the freedoms we enjoy today, it’s easy to take for granted that the right to vote was an incredibly hard won battle, especially for minorities and women. Did you know that in women didn't gain the right to vote until 1920. Women's suffrage in the United States of America, the legal right of women to vote, was established over the course of more than half a century, first in various states and localities, sometimes on a limited basis, and then nationally in 1920. That’s over 50 years after Confederation, and 50 years of only men being able to vote freely. It was with countless speeches, marches and petitions that suffragettes campaigned for women deserving a chance to influence their nation.
Then, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote as guaranteed under the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Also, it is important to vote because of the following:
- It is a constitutional right and privilege that our founding fathers stood for.
- Every vote matters.
- If you don’t vote for your own interests and rights, who will?
- Young voters account for half of the voting population, making them a powerful political force. Young people need to vote to directly influence issues that might affect their lives for years to come.
- It is easier than ever to be an educated voter. The internet is an online climate where young and old voters can form a clear picture of candidates and their platforms through all types of social media applications.
- Voting is a right that generations of Americans have struggled to win. Many people in other countries are still fighting for it.
- Did you know that the turn out in most communities for voting in under 50%? Come people! We live in America, the land of the free, step up and do your part.
- Everyone has a voice. This is your moment to share your voice.