Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Exercise Your Right

1776--When this country announced its independence from Britain, voting rights were based on property ownership. This typically meant that those voting were white males over the age of 21 of Protestant religion.

1787--In the newly drafted Constitution, states were given the power to set voting mandates and most were still favorable to white males who owned property.

1830--Many states had dropped religion and property ownership as requirements for voting and with such a large percentage of the population at the polls, political parties were beginning to develop.

1868--The 14th Amendment recognizes African Americans as citizens, giving them the right to vote. However, state officials continue attempts to deny this right.

1870--African Americans were given the right to vote in the 15th Amendment. It prohibited any state or local government from denying that right.

1890--Wyoming becomes the first state to recognize women's right to vote and provide for it in a state constitution.

1913--Voting power is expanded with 17th Amendment, calling for the popular election of US. senators.

1920--The 19th Amendment was added to the Constitution, giving women across the nation the right to vote.

1940--Congress recognizes Native Americans as citizens. However, it wasn't until 1947 that all states granted them the right to vote.

1964--The 24th Amendment declares that no person should be denied the right to vote because they cannot pay a "poll tax."

1965--An amendment to the Voting Rights Act bans the use of literacy tests, poll taxes and other obstacles designed to keep people from voting.

1971--The voting age is lowered to 18.

People have fought and died for your right to go to the polls. People have fought and died for your right to choose. People are fighting and dying right now for your right to make history. Voting is a responsibility. Voting is a privilege. Exercise your right! VOTE!!!

Information from "History of Voting Rights"


LBluca77 said...

Great post. I did not know all that info about voting.

I already voted.

Unknown said...

Yay! We are blog-photo twins today! Fun! And great info too. This will be good cocktail party fodder tonight!

Andy said...

Sadly, I can't vote right now... BUT I'll be doing it next January AND March in my country!

SS+1 said...


Auburn Kat said...

I love reading about the history of how everyone got the right to vote!

Little Fish said...

January 2009- Barack Obama, is sworn in and becomes the first African American President of the United States of America!

Great post, Mandy. Sometimes I swear you are my longl lost small town, non-Jewish sister. Or maybe it's just that great minds think alike?!

Anna said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing!

Happy voting day!! :)

Katie said...

Loved it! Thank you for posting all this together.

I love voting. It's one of my favorite things to do.

MeLaNiE said...

I love to go vote! Too bad that i had to vote absentee! I wanted a sticker really bad today haha!

Katie said...

I'm so proud of your state!!!!!

Mandy said...

LBluca77 -- Woohoo for voting!

RebeccaC -- LOL, I saw the pic on your blog right after I posted. I want some Barack-y Road ice cream!

Andy --Thats what important...

SS+1 -- thanks for stopping by the blog and I couldnt agree more.

Auburn Kat -- me too, always good to be reminded.

Little Fish -- I LOVE the Jan. 2009 and NOW its a REALITY! Great minds do think alike!

Anna -- Happy Voting Day to you too.

Katie -- I <3 voting too.

Melanie -- I voted early so I didnt get a sticker today either.

Katie -- I AM TOO!! Ohio had voted Republican in the past two Presidential elections, I was so happy to see that blue!

Beauty Is Diverse said...

good info on the voting history of the usa