A Quick Reminder to Non-Voters

A Quick Reminder to Non-Voters

1790 Only white male property owners are allowed to vote.

1850 Almost all white males can vote.

1870 15th Amendment is passed, giving all adult male citizens the right to vote, at least in the letter of the law.

1920 19th Amendment is passed, giving women the right to vote.

1957 Civil Rights Act is passed, supporting the 15th Amendment.

1965 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. drives voter registration in Selma, Alabama.

1965 The Voting Rights Act is passed, literacy tests are banned.

1971 26th Amendment changes the voting age from 21 to 18.

“I don’t vote”: a disturbing statement heard countless times from people disillusioned with the current state of the system.

“I don’t vote”: a disturbing statement heard countless times from people disillusioned with the current state of the system.

Because things never change or have the propensity to get better.

Change does not come easily nor does it come quickly, but there is one absolute necessity to it–persistence. Though apathy may emotionally protect you from the frequent disappointments of the political system, it does nothing to help or change the system.

The unimaginable obstacles Americans have overcome to vote are a testament to the beliefs they had in the system. Today voting restrictions in some cases still exist. Three men were murdered in 1964 while attempting to register African Americans in Mississippi. It’s a luxury to be able to choose to vote. So please, seriously consider that the next time an election comes up. It may not change your mind, but it might make you appreciate all of the sacrifices made and work undertaken by the brave, dedicated, Americans before us.

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

All dates found at:

http://www.infoplease.com/timelines/voting.html

More information about Mississippi murders can be found here:

http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/price&bowers/price&bowers.

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