Sunday, August 26, 2012

Happy Birthday, 19th Amendment!

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (seated),
Susan B. Anthony
Ninety-two years ago today, on August 26, 1920, the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was officially certified by the US Congress, giving women the right to vote in this country.  It had been forty-eight years since Susan B. Anthony was arrested for illegally voting in the 1872 presidential election.

November of 1920 was the first Presidential election that women were permitted legally to vote.  Women have had the vote for less than one hundred years in this country.  Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Victoria Woodhull, and Frederick Douglass, among others, fought for decades to secure your right to legally cast a ballot that would be counted in all elections which effect your future.

After Anthony's arrest, she gave her now-famous speech before the Court in her own defense, in which she said:
" It shall be my work this evening to prove to you that in thus voting, I not only committed no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my citizen's rights, guaranteed to me and all United States citizens by the National Constitution, beyond the power of any state to deny."
State legislatures around this country are working hard to deny you the rights that others fought valiantly to get you.  They're trying to make it harder, more expensive and a longer, more confusing process for you.  Please don't make it easy for them.  Here's the map of voter ID requirements - click on your state and check any new laws that might impede your right to vote.

Register. Vote. Don't let this country go back to being the bastion of rich white guys.  

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