Don’t Waste Your Right to Vote

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 2/21/2020, 3:28 a.m.
American men have always had the right to vote. Even though some women were able to vote starting in 1869 ...

American men have always had the right to vote. Even though some women were able to vote starting in 1869 in a few states, females didn’t officially get the right to vote across the U.S. until 1919 with the passage of the 19th amendment. African Americans, who were once thought of as property and not people, wouldn’t get certain rights until the passage of the 14th and 15th amendments. African Americans were granted citizenship and equal civil and legal rights. The 15th amendment gave African American more rights with the 15th amendment. That piece of legislation prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's "race, color, or servitude. However, some African Americans in Southern states lost their right to vote due to the Jim Crow laws. In 1965, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act. This legislation is considered to have ended the era of Jim Crow ending segregation.

The right to vote came to the later groups after many marches, speeches, protests, and dehumanizing and humiliating tests. Knowing this bit of insulting history behind this most sacred right how can anyone of today who living and breathing freely fix their lips to say "I don't want to vote." You do not have the right to remain silent. Our inalienable rights are being challenged daily and voting is the only power we have to stop it by putting the right people that express your thoughts in office. Not voting is not showing the other guy that you don't approve of him; it actually helps him when you are silent. Don’t use the transportation excuse for not voting because of there plenty of people and to the polls. Just ask. The "I am not registered" excuse won't work either because although registration for this current election done, registration for the November election is still open. So stop the excuses, the barriers to voting have been removed. Your voice is needed and wanted. Don't let the work of those of yesteryear be in vain. Stand up. Speak up. Go vote.

Bring Your ID

When you go vote make sure to bring your ID. Many have said requiring the showing of your government issue ID to vote is a form of voter suppression since so many brown people, elderly and the poor may have difficulty acquiring one. Barriers include lack of transportation to get one and the inability to pay for one. On the other side of this argument are those who say requiring the photo ID for verification of an individual prevents voter fraud.

A law passed in Texas requiring citizens to bring their ID in order to vote. Seven forms of governmental id are acceptable. They are

*Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)

*Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS

• Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS

• Texas Handgun License issued by DPS

• United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph