The Common Good

So You Think You Can Vote?

This anniversary may have passed you by, but on the 4th of June in 1919, The US Senate passed the 19th Amendment. Almost seventeen months after being introduced by the House of Representatives, women were given the right to vote.

It reads:

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 sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

And after the 15th and19th amendment passed, voting rights are signed, sealed, delivered, right?

If you’ve been keeping up with the news recently, you know that’s not exactly true. Little changes are eroding the rights of students, the elderly, and minority voters.

Here’s what’s up:

+ Students and redistricting, residency requirements, and registration deadlines

+ Voter ID Laws and the cries of racism

+ Black church leaders and Attorney General Eric Holder come together on voter law changes

Check your local laws, find the deadlines for getting registered!
Already registered? Find five people who aren’t.

Carrie Adams is Communications Manager at Sojourners.

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