Another first Tuesday of November has come and passed. Atlanta was abuzz with hundreds of races for mayorships, reforms, creation of new cities, etc. And while this is certainly not the first time I’ve visited the polls, a new excitement to vote was.
We are taught early the value of the vote. We learn how our forefathers died to give us the vote and create a land of democracy. We also learned that sentiment didn’t actually stretch across the canvas on which they were so colorfully painted. Women weren’t allowed to vote until the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920. And that’s only white women. If you were an African American your voting rights were sabatoged through literacy tests, property ownership requirements, false imprisonments, etc. It wasn’t until 1965 that President Lyndon B Johnson passed the Voting Rights Act aboloshing such tactics.