The Importance of Voting

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Importance of VotingJared Candelaria May 30, 2012
S.M.S.S. Grade 8
The Importance of Voting

Voting is a special right that all of us have for living in this free country. Voting is a right that, throughout the history in many countries, people from across the world have fought and sacrificed everything to achieve. It’s a right that people to this day continue to fight for in places where corrupt governments suppress their freedoms and rights and it is why tens of millions of people still do not enjoy this special right. As Americans, we have the special chance to live in a society that has such rights for their citizens.

To many they may think about that voting is not important when there
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Then in 1870, five years after the end of the Civil War, the US adopted the 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution, which stated: “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 race, color, or previous conditions of servitude.” This allowed people of all ethnicities that were naturalized or born in the Untied States to vote. It also gave a much larger voting population and allowed far more people to voice their opinions on the government. However, the right to vote was still held exclusively now to only male citizens.

In August of 1920, 50 years after the ratification of the 15th Amendment, The 19th Amendment was ratified and added to the US Constitution. It stated: “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.” This amendment, which women had been fighting for decades for, allowed every legal citizen in the United States to vote and gave everyone citizen a chance to voice their opinion in the government.

Finally in July of 1971, another 50 years had past and the 26th Amendment was of the Constitution was ratified. It stated that: “The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or

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