We are a nation of voters. We vote for cutest baby. We vote for best pizza. And we, hopefully, vote for the President of the United States. Originally only men who owned property could vote, i.e., white males over the age of 21. When George Washington was elected in 1789 only 6% of the population could vote. Luckily that is not longer true. Now Ma can vote. Previously I wrote about how women fought for the vote here. Tragically, we don’t all exercise our right to vote. The highest voter turnout in recent memory was in 2008 when 58% of the eligible people voted. I think we can do better.
As citizens of a democratic society we have duties and responsibilities. Some are demanded by law like paying taxes. Voting while not demanded by law in this country, is both a duty and a privilege. It is our contribution for living in a country that allows its citizens to elect their leaders. Our foremothers fought hard and sacrificed much for women to be able to be recognized as responsible citizens, capable of voting. Men no longer have to be white property owners to vote. Our current election system is not without flaws, but that doesn’t mean your vote doesn’t count. It is pathetic – and irresponsible – to complain about government while refusing to voice that opinion where it matters most, in the voting booth.
“Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.”
Susan B. Anthony
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, Camp Grandma Musings is having its very first giveaway! Luzerne County Historical Society produced an exact replica of a Women’s Suffrage window sign poster used across our country a century ago.
I can only imagine what a woman must have been feeling when she hung this poster in her the window or on her porch after registering to vote in the 1920 election. To participate in the contest drawing, just go to the upper right corner of my blog, click on the comment button and leave me a comment. On Monday, October 19th, I will have Mr. Smith draw a lucky winner at random. Wednesday, October 21, I will announce the winner. I will mail the winner an 11” x 17” poster printed on heavy parchment cardstock.
Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, exercising your voting privilege is a beautiful thing. You can vote right, left or center, just please vote. As the saying goes, vote like your life depends on it.
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