The right to vote in the United States is a great privilege. The upcoming elections are very important to our country I would hope you will use this privilege and get out and vote.
At the start of this country only while male property owners had a right to vote. The 15th amendment to the Constitution granted African American men the right to vote by declaring that the “right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude”. Sadly Many schemes were devised to keep blacks from voting, including poll taxes, literacy tests and cumbersome registration requirements. In the 1950s many southern states retained poll taxes, and literacy tests, designed to keep blacks from voting. . On January 23, 1964, the United States ratified the 24th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting any poll tax in elections for federal officials. May 7th 1955, Rev George lee one of the first black people registered to vote in Humphreys County Mississippi, used his pulpit and his printing press to urge others to vote. White officials offered Lee protection on the condition he end his voter registration efforts, but Lee refused and was murdered.
The Suffrage Parade of 1913 brought together women from all over the country, all of whom were ready to take their place as equal citizens in a nation where many weren’t ready for them. The Night of Terror,” November 14, 1917. Forty-four club-wielding men beat, kicked, dragged and choked the women, which included at least one 73-year-old woman. Women were lifted into the air and flung to the ground. One was stabbed between the eyes with the broken staff of her banner. Lucy Burns was handcuffed to the bars of her cell in a torturous position. Women were dragged by guards twisting their arms and hurled into concrete “punishment cells. Ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote, a right known as woman suffrage. At the time the U.S. was founded, its female citizens did not share all of the same rights as men, including the right to vote.
I often hear people say they do not want to register because they do not want to be on a jury. However in Arkansas and most states now Jurors are chosen through a random selection process of persons whose names appear on the current voter registration list or a combination of voter registration and driver’s license listings.
If you do not get out and vote then you do not have the right to bitch about who gets elected. People died to give you the right to vote. Blacks old and young stood in long lines just to be ask questions like how many bubbles are in a bar of soap, just to try and register to vote. You don’t want to register because you do not want to be called for jury duty. Hmm. Fight for your right get out and vote. Do not be lazy.
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