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Sorry I’m late, but better late than never, right?
I was counting down the days till I could become a true American adult. I know, how could I become more of an American adult than what I am right now, right? Eighteen years old, born in America, having American parents, an American heritage. Nope, I still wasn’t a true American adult…yet. But I would be on November 6…Voting Day! This is when I was able to voice my opinion for the future of America. This is when I was able to vote for a man, who I thought would help the failing United States of America.
Then the day came…
I was as prepared as an excited, patriotic, 18 year-old, first-time voter could be. I knew the process of electing, the importance and privilege of voting, and who I was voting for. I had my reasons, now to make them count!
Last time election rolled by, I was 14, my first year in High school. You could only guess what my government assignments entailed. Following the presidential race, researching how elections operated, the three branches of government. Yep, those kind of things. But this election, I was fully able to participate!
I stood behind the voting box, feeling mighty important, like a true patriot. I read each of those questions carefully. I didn’t want to miss anything. When I had finished voting, my mom took some pictures of me outside to document my monumental step.
Besides telling you all about my experience of becoming more of an adult…an American adult…I thought I’d share with you some History facts on voting!
History of Voting:
1787: U.S Constitution declares that white male property owners 21 and over had the right to vote.
1807-1843: A series of changes that made it possible for all white males 21 and over could vote.
1870: Due to the 15th Amendment, it made all males 21 and over able to vote, regardless of color and ethnic.
1920: The 19th Amendment was passed, making it possible for women, ages 21 and older, the right to vote.
1971: The 26th Amendment lowered the required voting age to 18.
These important dates have given us the foundation of what we are able to do today! If you would like to learn more on our history of voting go here: http://www.usfca.edu/fac-staff/hancock/pol204/history.htm.
I can’t say that I am in the least bit thrilled about the outcome of the election, but I know that God is in control of everything, so I must not complain, but rather pray and support our President of the United States of America!