Know U.S. rights, go to the polls and vote

Know U.S. rights, go to the polls and vote

News Editor Karah Wilson

Voting day is Nov. 6 for Congress, Senate and House of Representatives. I will be voting in this election.

I would not be able to vote if it were not for the women who marched and protested to have the 19th Amendment added to the Constitution.

I would also not be able to vote if it were not for the 26th Amendment to the Constitution that lowered the voting age to 18.

These amendments were added years before I was born, yet still affect me today.

Voting is a right we all have, some of which came at the expense of those who fought to expand these rights to those who did not have them before.

During every election there are debates about who is the better candidate and which party is better for the people. Every voting year, I see Facebook post after Facebook post and Twitter thread after Twitter thread doing just that.

Nothing bothers me more than seeing people I am friends with on Facebook or follow on Twitter talk about which candidate they hate more, then do not vote in the election.

These elections are not held just because that is the way it has been for years. These elections are not held just to say we held them.

These elections are held to give the citizens in this nation a voice. They are held so the people in this country can tell our leaders who they believe best represents this country.

Voting is something that every American over the age of 18 needs to do. Voting is what gives Americans the power in this country.

The 15th Amendment gave African Americans the right to vote. The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. The 26th Amendment gave 18-year-olds the right to vote.

These amendments gave the majority of minorities the right to vote in America, so now it is our duty to extend those rights to the polls.