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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

How Did Your Ancestor's Vote???

The issue of voting rights in the United States, specifically the enfranchisement and disenfranchisement of different groups, has been contested throughout United States history. Eligibility to vote in the United States is established both through the federal constitution and by state law.

With that said, How do you think your ancestors might have voted? Were the majority of them Republican or Democrat? 

Douglas W. Jones Illustrated Voting

An illustration depicting free men voting for the first time 
Source: Britannica

Some of our ancestor's had to fight for their freedom to vote.

I was raised by a Democratic Father and a Republican Mother. Can you imgaine what it was like on Election Days at my house? Plus both my parents are Election Judges. 

I take my responsibility to vote and have a voice in my country's freedom, very seriously. I am a Republican but that doesn't mean I always vote for those Republicans running.

A Louisiana resident pays his poll tax in 1947 

I hope that someday all Americans will vote and understand how important it is to vote. 
We all have a voice and we need to stand up and use it. 

It does count

Our forefathers fought for us to have these rights, it's up to us to use them. Stand up and be heard. 

Eligibility to vote in the United States is established both through the federal Consitution and by state law. Several constitutional amendments (the 15th, 19th, and 26th specifically) require that voting rights cannot be abridged on account of race, color, previous condition of servitude, sex, or age for those above 18; the constitution as originally written did not establish any such rights during 1787–1870. In the absence of a specific federal law or constitutional provision, each state is given considerable discretion to establish qualifications for suffrage and candidacy within its own respective jurisdiction; in addition, states and lower level jurisdictions establish election systems, such as at-large or single-member district  elections for county councils or school boards.

  • "Race, color, or previous condition of servitude" (15th Amendment, 1870)
  • "On account of sex" (19th Amendment, 1920)
  • "By reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax" for federal elections (24th Amendment, 1964)[nb 1]
  • "Who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of age" (26th Amendment, 1971)

This gave all Americans the right to vote.

See you at the polls Vote!

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