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Is Anyone Truly Surprised That the New Voting Legislation was Blocked in Congress?

It’s easy to talk about the importance of voting in a political election. We all know how important this single decision is. But for all of the talk, the action from certain segments of our society does not match the words coming out of their mouths.

Last week, a bill went through Congress which would have allowed for same-day voter registration and designated Election Day as a national holiday. The bill, known as the Freedom to Vote Act, was rejected by Republicans in the Senate. Senator Mitch McConnell stated the following for the party’s reasons as the following:

“It is my hope and anticipation that none of us will vote for this latest iteration of Democratic efforts to take over how every American votes all over the country,”

This is bull shit. Rejecting the bill is not about protecting voting rights. It is ensuring that certain people who vote a certain way will if not outright be prevented from entering the ballot box, will have as many hurdles thrown in front of them as possible. While they give lip service about protecting our rights, it is really about staying in power. Instead of listening to what we, the public, want and need, McConnell and his party are more concerned with their careers and serving their 1% donors.

It’s no wonder that this country is going down the drain.

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August 26th, 1920

Today is a momentous day. Today is the 95th birthday of the 19th Amendment.  As of 95 years ago today, American women finally gained the right to vote.

Women winning the right to vote was not a simple matter of requesting the right. It took several generations of women who sacrificed and suffered hardships along the way. But they never gave up.

Because of these women, this current generation of women have more than simply the right to vote. Professional and education opportunities are ours for the taking. Marriage and children is a choice, not a necessity.  We can own property, we make decisions over our money and our bodies.

We still have a long way to go. There are many who would prefer to take us back to an era when women were meek and amiable helpmates, wives and mothers.

But we continue to fight against the old stereotypes and fight for the rights that are ours by birth.

Happy 95th Birthday, 19th Amendment!

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