Every election day, I post a Facebook status telling people why I vote. It usually goes something like this: “A century ago, I couldn’t vote because of my lady parts. Half a century ago, some of my family members couldn’t vote because of the color of their skin.”
When I was a kid growing up in rural Wisconsin, I just assumed the country had voting figured out. One person = one vote. You turned 18, you went to vote. Each vote got counted. Each vote mattered.
Voting is essential. And yet we suck at doing it well.
Maybe “suck” is too harsh of an assessment. But every year there seem to be more and more methods being utilized to disenfranchise voters. Not cool.
Because voting is so important to me, this is one of my Top Three issues in the coming years. I’m learning as I go, but here are links I’ve found useful. I’ll continue to post more as I come across them. (First on my list is to read Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman.)
- How Voter ID Laws Discriminate Against Racial Minorities – from the Atlantic
- VoteRiders – Making sure that no eligible citizen is denied the right to vote because of voter ID requirements ‘
- Let America Vote – a new organization dedicated to protecting voting rights.