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I solemnly swear to f**king vote!

Your expletive-filled guide to getting off your ass and voting

Register to Vote

Laws vary by state, often because the pricks try to disenfranchise voters. Visit Vote.gov and your state election site for details. And, why the hell aren't you already registered to vote?

Swear to Vote

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Fucking Vote!

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1870

15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to  vote shall not be  denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

What happened then? How many different ways can we restrict voting rights? Poll taxes? Sure. Literacy tests? Sure, thing. Violence to prevent voting? Of course they fucking did. Restrict voting in primaries to White males? The assholes did. And that's only a small sample of the methods used to suppress votes.

And people fought on. It'd be decades still until Native Americans all had the right to vote (not until 1948). Chinese immigrants didn't get the right to citizenship and the vote until 1943. Of course even then, people were put into concentration camps because of their race.

Kelly, T. (ca. 1870) The Fifteenth amendment. , ca. 1870. N.Y.: Published & printed by Thomas Kelly, 17 Barclay St. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/93510386/.

1920

19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

What happened then? What the hell else? More violence. Officials beat women to prevent them from voting. Black women faced violent opposition and intimidation. Poll taxes, literacy tests, long residency requirements—the current playbook for denying people the right to vote continued.

And women fought on. The fight for equal rights would continue on. Continues on today.

Nannie Helen Burroughs holding a Woman's National Baptist Convention banner

1965

Voting Rights Act

AN ACT to enforce the fifteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States...

Section 2. No voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure shall be imposed or applied by any State or political subdivision to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color...

What happened then? In 1964, The 24th amendment prohibited poll taxes in any form. The Voting Rights Act aimed to eliminate other ways of restricting the rights of citizens. It only forced those assholes determined to prevent voting to seek even more ways. Residency requirements. Age restrictions (26th amendment extended voting to citizens 18-21 years old). Gerrymandering, removing polling stations requiring voters to wait hours even in a pandemic, ID requirements, and more methods have been implemented. The fuckers even stacked the Supreme Court to strike down Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act, eliminating the requirement for states or local governments to appeal to the Attorney General for changes to their voting laws. You'd think these unpatriotic fuckers don't want people to vote.

And still, we all fight on.

Alabama police in 1965 attacking voting rights marchers on Bloody Sunday.

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