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Town Hall: Your Vote Counts
September 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Since 1789, the U.S. government encouraged democracy by implementing the voting system. 80 years later, in 1870, the 15th Amendment eliminated racial barriers to voting. 50 years following the 15th Amendment, women were granted the right to vote in 1920. However, it wasn’t until 1965, 176 years later, that the U.S. government eradicated any forms of discrimination to ensure voting fairness. Now, 55 years later, in 2020, we face one of our lifetime’s most critical elections.
The purpose of a democracy is to enforce the rights of the people. In short, elections give U.S. citizens the right to select their own government. This year, many of our rights and freedoms are at stake. For instance, the U.S. is close to entering into another recession; we are still battling a global pandemic; supreme court appointments are available; and, climate change, immigration, and racial inequality are still significant concerns for our government. With the effects of COVID-19, many individuals are faced with growing concerns about using their voice to select their government. It’s not a matter of why we should use our voice but how.
We ask that on September 17th at 5:00 PM, you join us as we partner with the Committee of Seventy to address the importance and the growing concerns of the 2020 Elections. We will explore the options and requirements of mail-in voting and break down what you, a Philadelphia resident, will see on your ballot. 2020 has been a rough year for sure. But, can you imagine how rough our next four years will be if we do not exercise our right to vote? Democracy can only exist if we, the people, protect it by using our voice. As the 32nd President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.”