Just as the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote in 1920 required a lengthy and difficult struggle, the elimination of racial discrimination in voting rights took almost a hundred years and possibly would not have happened without the March on Selma, one of the pivotal events leading to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Current voter apathy and low turnout is depressing after all the sacrifices of those who did not take for granted the right and privilege to elect the officials who determine what the government provides, how they provide it, how we fund the bureaucracy and what we pay those individuals to administer it.
While the November 2014 election was not a presidential election, it was the election for Governor and for many statewide and local offices, who impact our day to day lives more than who is President of the United States.
The percent of voting age adults who voted was a pitiful 33 percent in Texas. We as citizens must encourage every adult who can vote - to vote, to justify those sacrifices.
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