We need to Vote, to Fight for Voting Rights!
DAY 3 ACTION: Register to Vote!
Future Congressman John Lewis, marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in March 1965, in a voting rights campaign. Lewis and others were beaten by police on that bridge. “Bloody Sunday” was one of the drivers for the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” Abraham Lincoln, 1856
VOTING is a fundamental right in a democracy, so it stands to reason that the Majority’s First 100 Days will feature a number of voting and voting rights actions.
Originally, our Constitution said nothing about who could vote. But only a few white men over 21 held this power. The 14th, 15th, 19th, and 26th amendments expanded eligibility to include poorer white men, black men (and people of all races), women, and young adults. In 1965, the Voting Rights Act removed legal obstacles to voting by African-Americans, but disenfranchisement remains a problem. Recently, the Supreme Court ended parts of the Voting Rights Act, even as states make it harder to vote.
To secure voting rights, we need to vote. No need to wait for a frantic last-minute registration drive. Register now!
Today’s action: Confirm you are registered to vote for 2017! Go here, click on your state, and look yourself up. (The state drop-down menu is below the map.)