This will probably be my shortest blog to date, but definitely one of my most important. As Election 2012 grinds away, a lot of the political process has been called to task. Voter suppression has been implemented in a lot of states and college students will probably be one the largest groups affected by new voting laws implemented across the nation.
Did you know that it was because of the 15th Amendment to our Constitution that African American men primarily, and others, obtained the right to vote, in 1870? That was 142 years ago!
Did you know that women obtained the right to vote because of the 19th Amendment in August of 1920? That was 92 years ago!
Did you know the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which forbade discriminatory practices in voting, was passed after many arduous years of struggle by fierce leaders and people entrenched in a complete understanding of their civic duties and responsibilities? That was 47 years ago! (http://www.congresslink.org/print_basics_histmats_votingrights_contents.html)
Did you know the 26th Amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 in 1971? That was 41 years ago!
As Election 2012 is a mere 187 days away, it is imperative that you know what your voting rights and requirements are. Don’t kill your voice by not voting. Whether you’re a life-long voter, student or even a convicted felon–know your voting rights! Meet the deadlines. All you have to do is to click on the links The PoliDay Report has provided, make a calender to place on your refrigerator, bedroom wall or the door to your house to remind you that National Election Day will be November 6th, 2012. Get your university, churches, mosques, temples, and communities involved. When the votes are finally counted, make sure that you are one of the numbers in the final tally.
Go to http://www.naacp.org to register to vote via their “This is My Vote” initiative.
For a complete list of all of the constitutional amendments go to: http://www.house.gov/house/Constitution/Amend.html