VOTING RIGHTS AND VOTING INCLUSION IN AMERICAN HISTORY: “IT’S MY TURN”
TWITTER HASHTAGS: #ITSMYTURN & #MARITIME CONSTITUTION DAY
Voting rights have been a source of contention and dispute throughout American history. Eligibility to vote is provided by the US Constitution (including various amendments, such as the 15th, 19th, 23rd, 24th and 26th Amendments) as well as State Law, and significant legislation such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The 15th Amendment (ratified 1870) enfranchised African-American men; women were given the right to vote by the 19th Amendment (ratified 1920); and the 26th Amendment (ratified 1971) allowed individuals 18 years of age or older to vote. The 23rd Amendment (ratified 1961) gave the residents of the District of Columbia the right to vote and the 24th Amendment (ratified 1964) prohibited limiting voting rights through a poll tax or other tax.
Regretfully, America has not always been inclusive with respect to voting rights and many groups of Americans have been disenfranchised until action was taken to include such groups in the right to vote. Throughout American history, different groups became eligible for voting rights. Even with all of this progress, voting inclusion still remains a compelling issue for all Americans. How do we assure that everyone who wants to vote will have the right to vote? Voter ID laws, residency requirements and concerns about mail ballots present challenges to Americans exercising their right to vote.
EVENTS [Wednesday, September 16th & Thursday, September 17th]
Zoom details to follow. No pre-registration required.
Thursday, September 17
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Important 2020 Election Dates:
Resources for voting in the United States - 2020
On September, 17, 1787, the delegates of the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution.
In 1956, Congress established Constitution Week, which begins on September 17th of each year. In 2004, September 17th was designated as Constitution Day—a day to learn about the U.S. Constitution and develop a better understanding of the documents behind the creation of the U.S. government.
Here are more resources about Constitution Day: