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A few words on voting from The Center’s Vice President

by Adrienne White, VP of Finance

If you want to continue the conversation on the importance of voting, join us this Thursday, August 25 for MY VOICE, MY VOTE. Click here for tickets.

Portia Spencer would be proud. She was a Veteran, a Spelman woman, a super-voter and my grandmother. She instilled in me the importance of voting and a passion for politics as a mechanism to make progress in our beloved communities. As Vice President of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., I love it when the intersections of personal history, political passions and work come together.

My team recently shared that the Center for Civil and Human Rights became a Fulton County voting precinct.

Our right to vote has an interesting past and is protected by four Constitutional Amendments:

  • The 15th Amendment, ratified in 1870, gave male citizens the right to vote no matter their race, color or previous condition of servitude
  • The 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, gave women citizens the right to vote
  • The 24th Amendment, ratified in 1964, gave citizens access to vote even if they failed to pay taxes, including poll taxes
  • The 26th Amendment, ratified in 1971, gave citizens 18 years of age or older the right to vote

Through United States history, the right and access to vote has been challenged. Native Americans, poor whites, non-Christians, African-Americans, women and many others at once had either no or limited access to voting. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 served to better protect the right to vote for Americans and made it illegal for states to make changes that would purposefully exclude people from being able to vote.

Even today, we see states making it more challenging for some citizens to vote.

When you visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights, you will witness the consequence of excluding groups of people from the voting process. We share civil and human rights stories that empower guests to use their voice and vote as a mechanism of social justice.

On July 26th, we opened our doors to District 4F voters for the Georgia primary run off and will again for the General Election on November 8th. 

Not sure if you’re registered or where to vote? Confirm your status, voting precinct, and view a personalized sample ballot by clicking HERE.

I invite you to commit to vote in every election and learn more about the importance of voting, just as my grandmother taught me, by visiting the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

-Adrienne White, VP of Finance at The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc.

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  • Andrea D. Smith's gravatar Andrea D. Smith says:

    Congrats on becoming a voting precinct for Fulton Co. Wish I lived there so I could vote there! Well done post Adrienne. I wholeheartedly agree - so much of the difference we can make begins with understanding our local politics and putting our weight behind those who can deliver on our best interests. #stayactive

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