Please join me in voting during the 2018 Midterm Election on Tuesday, November 6. Political decisions impact our well-being and every part of life from education and healthcare to nutrition and finances.
Americans did not always possess the freedom to vote, we had to fight for it. To share a small piece of United States (U.S.) history; up until 1776 only white, male, property owners could vote. The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo may have ended the Mexican-American War and guaranteed U.S. citizenship to Mexicans in 1848, but, the English language requirements and violent acts limited their ability to vote. Women were legally not permitted to vote until the 19th Amendment passed in 1920. Voting taxes, literacy tests and brutality intimidated African-Americans away from voting during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.Today, the ratio of eligible voters in the U.S. is far more diverse and inclusive than ever before in history; yet, only 60% of Americans who were registered to vote exercised their right in the 2016 Presidential Election.California, in recent years, has become a leader nationwide when it comes to educating and registering young voters.Voting allows us to advocate and strengthen our community. Thank you for leading our students in unique and exemplary ways from hosting voter registration drives to infusing voter education into your curriculum.
Please join me and #VoiceYourVote. The General Election registration deadline is Monday, October 22, 2018.