Today we are asked to elect the next President of the United States. Last week, someone came to my home to encourage me to vote for his candidate. I told him that I would vote and so would my husband.
I remember when I registered the first time. I remember my mother telling me to get educated about the issues, and to vote for the candidate I thought would represent the needs of our communities.
I recently saw an executive team commercial for voting. Each member of the team said why they would vote (nonprofits cannot by law recommended who you should vote for) . Each member had a sign which gave their reasons.
I will vote because…
- I can
- I want to use my voice to support people with disabilities
- I want to see make education affordable…etc
I hope that you will vote. As US citizens we are way behind other countries in the percentage of us who can vote and who do vote. Our history is filled with stories of the individuals who made voting for all of us possible.
People who served us in the past:
George Washington…taxation without representation was all about paying taxes to England and having no say in what or how those taxes were calculated.
Susan B Anthony….played a pivotal role to get women the right to vote. We didn’t get the vote until 1920.
Martin Luther King..in spite of the fact that the 15th amendment gave black citizens the right to vote in 1870, it would be modern era civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King to show the inequities and steer us toward social justice regardless of color
And even today…
Thomas Coleman, a name you probably never heard, is standing up for the rights of seniors and people with disabilities to vote. All but about a dozen states have some type of law limiting voting rights for individuals based on competence. And how those laws play out create challenges even today.
I am grateful for the work of George, Susan, Martin and Thomas who make me proud to be a citizen and honored to serve my community with MY VOTE. I hope you will make the time to get in line.
The polls in PA,CT, and DE are open until 8 PM.