Although history shows the 15th Amendment to the Constitution in 1870 did give blacks the right to vote, it was not until 1966 that all barriers were removed allowing them to vote freely. This is what history said but let’s be real, the barrios still existed. Although women were granted the right to vote in 1920, women did not turn out to the polls in the same numbers as men until 1980. Again, barriers still existed.
As these facts show, the right to vote does not equate the ability to vote. The amount of opposition has been great. When the majority gets scared they do things to help them cope….like put up road blocks. There are people who died for the right to vote.
Then there are those who are eligible and have the ability (no road blocks) but do not vote. In 2016 presidential election, according to the United States Election Project, an average of 59.7 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots. When I continued to read the article in which I found this, their take was it was not too shabby. I disagree. We should be seeing percentages in the high 90s.
One of my clients shared a graphic with me. It basically talked about how when the lotto is up in the millions and billions we are so ready to go out and get just one ticket just in case it is the lucky one. We go out of our way to get that small sliver of a possibility to win all that money. Yet we can not go out and cast a vote. We claim our votes don’t count. I say they don’t count if they aren’t casted.
I do not care if you are republican, democratic, tea party, independent, libertarian, communist, etc. I care that you express your opinion by voting. There is a sign that hangs in the Kankakee County offices that reads…If you did not vote, I don’t want to hear it. So vote, express yourself, then you can really make a difference in this country.
Until next time…
Change. Discover. Transform.
Carla Carter, Ed.D., LCPC, CMPC, EMDR Certified