It is not just your civic duty, it is your right to vote. That right was earned by the blood, determination, imprisonment and ridicule of those that fought for it. Our country didn’t begin with voting freedom. In fact, only male property owners over the age of 21 were allowed to vote. That pretty much restricted voting to white, protestant men.  Since 1776 we have come a long way, broken through many barricades. Eventually all white men, then black men, then women, then Asians, then Native Americans and then finally citizens ages 18-20. (Until 1971, you had to be 21 years old to vote). There were more obstacles than you can imagine. As soon as a voting privilege was extended, there were barriers erected to block them. Examples of these barriers were polling taxes, religious requirements, literacy tests and language requirements. Voter suppression has been the greatest battle in the American voting system. Men and women have paid for these rights through terrible and painful sacrifices. So please, on November 8th, take a moment to recognize the blood, defiance, sweat, tears, pain, joy, celebration, and victory that went into your right to cast a vote. Recognize, for just a moment, how precious it is.

No matter how you are voting, remember that when you hold a ballot in your hand, you have power over the government. In that moment, the great machine answers to you. It is a great responsibility and an even greater honor.  So, do not be silent, let your voice be heard. Vote.

We are One Woman, One World.

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