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The Right To Vote

Category: 2018 Elementary School (Grades 1-5)
Student: Dalia Moldovan
School: Ridgewood Avenue School Glen Ridge, NJ
Teacher: Alice Roberts

The right to vote is one of the most important rights of the U.S. citizens, protected by the U.S. Constitution. The people get to choose who leads our government. This means that the government is formed by people's representatives, who will act in a manner consistent with the people's wishes, or otherwise they will not get elected again. The right to vote ensures a democratic and responsible government.

The right to vote cannot be denied to adult citizens. People's gender, class, occupation, or political affiliation, etc. do not matter. This right is granted by several amendments to the Constitution. The 15th Amendment, which was ratified after the Civil War, in 1870, said that only men could vote, regardless of race or color, and even former slaves who have been freed were able to vote. It wasn't fair that women could not vote, so the 19th Amendment, which became effective in 1920, granted women the right to vote as well. The 26th Amendment, which was approved in 1971, made it clear that people eighteen years or older can vote.

My parents told me about the upcoming midterm elections that will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, which is in less than a month. They promised me they will take me with them so I can watch and learn the voting process and I am looking forward to it! I am also very excited to finally turn eighteen and be able to cast my own vote for the people who will best represent my views and values.The right to vote is recognized as a fundamental human right, and it is symbolic of equality and harmony.

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