The History of Inclusion and Voting

By Macrae Olson 22’

With the presidential election coming up next week, it is very important to figure out how you are going to return your ballot. Whether you are mailing it in or voting in person it is important to have a plan. For those who have registered to vote, it is very important to make sure that you VOTE and not miss out on voting from a technicality or from not paying attention to detail. For more detailed information on how to vote go to the Vote 2020 page on the Bertrand Library website.

Voting is a right that should be exercised. Throughout the history of our country, people have been pushing and working hard for the right to vote. In the 1700s, only property owners could vote. Throughout the 1800s, native-born Americans and African Americans were granted the right to vote; however, many strategies were implemented to keep African Americans from voting. Lastly, throughout the 1900s, women and various minority groups were granted voting rights until all U.S. citizens were given this right. The fight to vote was not an easy task for women and many minority groups, therefore we should not take it for granted and everyone should exercise their right to vote!

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