We have the ability to vote. That is a blessing. There are many places in our time that have no place for its people. They are run by dictators and scoflaws that use their people for painful gain.
It is what keeps the balance of the people’s rights to representation. The amendments of the constitution protect our rights.
The history of the amendments to the Constitution is, in one sense, a history of the expansion of certain political freedoms, including voting. At the Founding of the United States, many groups, including landless white men, slaves, free blacks, and women, could not vote. Much has changed since then.
Almost a third of the amendments added to the Constitution after the Bill of Rights was ratified concern the ability to vote. The Fifteenth Amendment granted the right to vote to former slaves and people of color. The Nineteenth Amendment gave the vote to women, while the Twenty-third, Twenty-fourth, and Twenty-sixth amendments gave representation to the District of Columbia, forbid poll taxes, and lowered the voting age to 18, respectively. The passage of each of these Amendments reflected a shift towards making voting a right of all citizens, and indeed a fundamental part of citizenship.
Today, controversies hinge on how best to balance voter access with safeguards to ensure that fraud doesn’t undermine the sanctity of every individual’s vote.
We must not go quietly in to the night and utilize the fact that we are blessed to express our opinion on how and where we are governed. Enjoy this blessing.