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new roads school

November 2010
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Alumni Association Voices

Or, should I vote?
by Mick Rosenthal, class of 2007 and Alumni Association Editor

propositions, or ideas that voters want to see country is run.
on the ballot, for example Proposition 24. The
The history of the United States is full of
midterms happen all over the country.
hat’s right, time for another election. If people fighting for their right to vote, but today
you have stayed plugged in and listened to Here in California for example, two major many take voting for granted. This should not
TV and radio and even the Internet, you have offices being contested are Governor and happen. During colonial times, in 1789, only
heard political ads, or spots both positive and Lieutenant Governor among others. Arnold white men who owned property could vote.
negative for and against different candidates. Schwarzenegger is serving his last term and Eighty-one years later in 1870 black males
Yes I know this is late, but I just thought I would so the two people running to replace him (of could vote2. Women got the right to vote in
give one final push to get out the vote. The the two dominant political parties, Republican 19203, then in 1924 voting rights were given to
2010 midterms, which some people see as and Democrat, not discounting the Green First Nation peoples4 and then with passage
unimportant, deal with electing people to different Party, Peace & Freedom Party, and others) are of the National Voting Rights Act of 1965,
offices. With the midterm elections, you don’t just Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown. Running for blacks were allowed to vote and the Voting
have eventually two candidates to choose from Lieutenant Governor are Abel Maldonado, the Rights Act stopped prejudice in voting5. Finally
like during the presidential election, but many current California Lieutenant Governor, against in 1971 young people got the right to vote with
to choose from because the midterms elect the San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. the 26th Amendment to the Constitution which
Governor, Lieutenant Governor (basically the states in part “The right of citizens of the United
The midterms actually HAVE MUCH
second in command of the state), Secretary States, who are eighteen years of age or older,
IMPORTANCE! The big question is why vote,
of State, Senate, Attorney General, Insurance to vote shall not be denied or abridged by
not just in the midterms, but in any election? No
Commissioner and many other important political the United States or by any State on account
matter the election, midterms or presidential,
offices which people may not know much about. of age”6. With the ability to vote progressing
your vote has an impact on the future of how the
In the midterms voting also occurs for different through time to encompass so many different
people the question is again, why would you
1 A play on the famous words “The British are coming! The British are coming!” shouted by Paul Revere as he made his not vote when you have it as a right to be freely
famous ride to warn the colonists the night before the first battle of the Revolutionary War in 1775. exercised? Make your vote count!
2 The Americans 174
3 Ibid, 174. I hope everyone has read about the offices,
4 Ibid. the different propositions and voted already by
6 America’s Constitution: A Biography by Akhil Reed Amar, 499 absentee or will go to the polls on November
2nd 2010.

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