In 2016 we vote for our 58th President of the United States. Hopefully everyone is exercising their right to vote. It wasn’t an easy road to get here. Checkout these voting facts:
1.) Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. The 19th amendment guarantees all American women the right to vote.
2.) The Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on August 6, 1965. It aimed to overcome legal barriers that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote. Its purpose was to secure the rights of African Americans who still faced various discriminatory practices that prevented them from voting under the 15th Amendment.
3.) Convicted felons CAN vote in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Most ex-felons automatically gain the right to vote upon completion of their sentence. Felons never lose their right to vote in Maine and Vermont, they can vote from prison. In Florida, Iowa and Virginia, felons and ex-felons permanently lose their right to vote. More info about voting rights for felons HERE.
4.) Taking pictures in voting booths is illegal in 18 states, legal in 19, and unclear in 13. It can result in a $50 fine or up to 30 days in jail. Check HERE before you snap a selfie at the polls.
5.) In 1943, Georgia became the first state to lower its voting age in state and local elections from 21 to 18. On July 1, 1971, the 26th amendment extended the right to vote to citizens 18 years of age and older.
My kids voted today. It’s never too early to get them interested in the process!
Where did the I Voted sticker come from? Answer HERE
California voters can take up to 2 hours paid time off to vote. Do you get time off from work to vote? Check your state HERE