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They fought – we vote!

Eliana Amoh, Minority Beat Reporter

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” This is the 15th amendment from the Constitution of the United States of America. It was adopted into the Constitution in 1870.

According to this statement, everyone has a right to vote. It is important to remember that there were legal barriers to prevent African Americans from voting though. There were literacy tests. Clearly, these were limitations. African Americans and other minorities weren’t able to access proper education to improve their literacy. There were poll taxes. How can African Americans pay for these poll taxes if they weren’t given proper jobs, opportunities, and wages?

In the 1950s and 1960s, the main focus of the civil rights movement was to secure voting rights for African Americans. Led by Martin Luther King Jr, there were a series of marches in Selma, Alabama to fight against this injustice.

On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This act helped thousands of African Americans to vote. It is important to vote.

Recently, millions of Americans watched the first presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Each nominee presented their goals, their accomplishments, and their character. Many individuals got to witness the strengths and weaknesses of both of them. One of the most powerful abilities that we have as U.S. citizens is the power to vote.

Each vote determines how you, your city, your state, your country, and the whole nation will be represented. The future of this country lies in the citizens’ hands. Therefore, it is necessary that you vote. It is necessary that you vote for someone who you believe will benefit this country by caring for our environment, administering justice, and protecting liberty.

Our AP Government teacher Ms. Platte states, “Voting is the foundation of our democracy that many have fought and continue to fight for. In the United States, voting is a way for your voice to be heard and ensures that governing starts with the people; your vote does make a difference.”

ELECTION DAY VOTING SITES– Nov. 3 from 7 AM to 8 PM

Location School Name Address
Glen Burnie Corkran Middle School 7600 Quarterfield Road
Glen Burnie Glen Burnie High School 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
Glen Burnie Marley Middle School 10 Davis Ct.
Glen Burnie North County High School 10 E. First Avenue
Glen Burnie Solley Elementary School 7608 Solley Road

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/2020-election-voting-vote-anne-arundel-county-ballot-dropbox-vote-center-locations/33861795# 

Sources:

https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/fifteenth-amendment

https://www.history.com/news/african-american-voting-right-15th-amendment

https://qz.com/358295/civil-rights-marchers-in-selma-then-and-now/