“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. ” Franklin Roosevelt.
The right to vote is fundamental to the democratic structure of the United States of America and is the people’s conventional method of influencing government. Democracy’s literal translation is “rule by the people” and when the makers of the Constitution met to revise the Articles of the Confederation, concern for popular sovereignty shaped the emerging government’s policies. Unfortunately, the right to vote was not extended to all people. Brave men and women sacrificed much to secure their right to influence government through voting. Voting is a right that people have spent their lives fighting for, now there are many excuses that people make to why they choose not to vote, and people need to know and remember that voting is extremely important to our country and what it stands for.
Over the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries voting has changed a lot, and all for the better, making our nation a more equal and free nation . It started after the Revolutionary War, ever since independence from Britain was gained in 1776. Since the Articles of the Confederation did not mention voting rights, they were left over to the state to create voting laws.