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Register to vote if you haven’t yet. If you’ve recently moved or changed your name, update your voter registration at least 30 days before the next election or you can’t vote. Pro Tip: You can also use the voter registration form to update your political party affiliation… keep reading to understand why you should register as a Republican if you haven’t already!
- Register to vote online at Service Arizona
- Confirm your voting history and registration with the Arizona Secretary of State
- Confirm your voting history and registration with Maricopa County
- Locate your polling place via the Arizona Secretary of State
“Voting is my civic duty” is a common sentiment. Our Founding Fathers understood that a citizen’s civic duty begins with voting. Active civic participation after the elections was their expectation. But like all of our civil rights, voting is absolutely fundamental to Republicans.
Voting rights drive to our promise of that “All Men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights”. We would love it if everyone monitored their representatives throughout the year, especially city councils and school boards. But if you do nothing else: At least vote! Republican’s have worked too hard to ensure this civil right for all legal Americans.
Please consider doing more than just voting. Don’t let generations of hard work be in vain.
Why are Republican’s so adamant and strict about voting laws? Why do we worry so much when just a “small number” of voting irregularities are found? It’s because even a single illegitimate vote means that a legitimate vote was canceled out. And it doesn’t matter much to us if it was a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or any other vote that was canceled. It’s also because many generations of our Party, even our own families, fought hard to establish voting rights and civil rights in general. We also love history. We’ve head how powerful people have worked to steal other people’s power (votes), manipulated voting systems, and even lied to obtain more power. It’s happened around the world since the beginning of time and it’s happening in the USA more and more.
Voting Rights – A History Lesson
History has also taught us that human beings are imperfect. Sometimes it’s unintentional but some people knowing bend and break rules regularly to gain power. It’s like a schoolyard bully who suffers few to no consequences for his bad behavior and ends up with more power than most adults around him. That power entices others join him – and then they become an uncontrollable gang of thugs in the neighborhood. One act turns to many very quickly.
Again, we care more about any one vote being canceled than which vote was canceled. We just want all legitimate votes to count. That’s what we’ve always wanted.
Take a look at the history outline below. Time and time again, a much higher percentage of Republicans have supported civil rights, and voting rights in particular, compared to their Democrat counterparts. In fact, the Republican party began in 1854 “to protect the rights of African Americans after the Civil War.”
Below are some important historical US voting rights facts. History is important. If you don’t know history, others will be happy to distort it for their own benefits. This is ever so true regarding civil rights, especially voting rights.
Democrats like to say that Republicans try to suppress voting rights. Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is that the Republican Party has worked long and hard to ensure for voting rights. Let me explain…
USA Civil & Voting Rights Legislative History
- You’ve probably heard of Brown v. Topeka Board of Education Supreme Court decision of 1954. Do you also recall the story about black students who were prevented from attending Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas? It was Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus, a Democrat, who worked to against them and it was a Republican -President Eisenhower – who fixed it. Eisenhower issued Executive Order 10730. This order temporarily nationalized the Arkansas National Guard and sent in National Guardsmen from the 101st Airborne Division to protect the students. They started with Little Rock to escort African-American students into previously whites-only segregated public schools! That’s the story most of us remember hearing about.
- Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower was also the one who proposed civil rights legislation to the US Senate through Senator Everett Dirksen (R-IL). Dirksen introduced the bill on behalf of Eisenhower.
- It should be noted that the Civil Rights Act of 1957 was a weakened version of Eisenhower’s original bill. The Western Illinois Historical Review (WIHR) said this was because Democrats used “their domination of powerful committees” to water down the meaningful rights Eisenhower had hoped to deliver.
- Then there was the Civil Rights Act of 1960. In the final vote, 81.5% of Republicans in the US House of Representatives voted for it but only 59% of Democrats did.
- Sadly this trend continued. If not for Republicans, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would have never survived. Democrat senators had filibustered for 60 days to prevent it. This was in spite of the fact that Lyndon Johnson (a fellow Democrat) had submitted it to Congress under recently assassinated President Kennedy’s name! Again it took Republicans to break the filibuster. In the end, 82% of Republican senators and only 68% of Democrat senators voted to end the filibuster and eventually voted to pass the Act.
What about the Constitutional Amendments?
- The 15th Amendment was ratified in 1870. The 15th prohibits the government from denying American men the right to vote based on that his “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” In Congress it was supported by 144 Republicans and only 39 Democrats! Notice it was for a man’s right to vote. Women came next followed by Black & African American voting rights.
- Later 19th Amendment, known as the Anthony Amendment for Susan B Anthony, was introduced by Republican Senator Sargent (R-CA1878. Sadly it was “defeated … by a Democrat-controlled Senate“.
Democrats continued to withhold women’ ability to register to vote for a long time.
- Republican states revolted by giving women the right to vote at the state level. But things stated to change at the national level in 1918.
- President Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, made the mistake of breaking a campaign promise by joining the World War I efforts. This infuriated his Democrat base. To spite Wilson for this move, the Democrat base supported Republicans in the midterms in order to show how angry they were with Wilson’s WWI efforts.
- Wilson was also known as Kaiser Wilson because of open hostility to women’s right to vote. After his own party put more Republicans in congress, Wilson realized he was going to be on the wrong side of history if he didn’t start to support women’s rights, so he started speaking more kindly of the idea! Typical politician.
- Republican House Rep Mann (R-Ill.) re-introduced the 19th Amendment in May 1919. It passed the House 304 to 89, with a whopping 91% of Republicans supporting it and only 59% of Democrats. Republican support was also strong in the Senate. It passed the Senate 56 to 25 with support from 82% of Republicans but only 57% of Democrats.
And then we waited for the 24th Amendment…
- The 24th Amendment prohibited “poll taxes”. Poll taxes started in the 1890s because “Democrats wanted to prevent another Populist-Republican coalition“. Again Democrats’ manipulated the system, preventing thousands from the ability to register to vote.
- Again Republican states took their own action and prohibited poll taxes.
- The 24th Amendment almost passed in 1944 until Southern Democrats decided against it. They wanted to keep poll taxes because a Supreme Court decision banned “white primaries,” another Democrat manipulation scheme. Everyone knew that only a Democrat president could sway those within his own party.
- Although President Roosevelt (D, 1933-1945) was against the poll taxes, he choose to put a higher priority on keeping Southern Democrats happy to pass his New Deal programs than to address the poll tax issue.
- President Truman wasn’t was able to do it either. But to his credit, Truman (D, 1945-1953) issued Executive Order 9981 in 1948, which desegregated the armed forces!
Legislative Republicans continued to fight for civil rights in the 1950s, as mentioned earlier. And the Democrat establishment seemed to recognize the benefits.
- Many give credit to President Kennedy for passing the 24th Amendment. That is absolutely correct! It was Kennedy, who finally pushed the 24th Amendment across the finish line. Here’s how it went…
- To start the process, Kennedy convinced one Southern Democrat, Senator Holland (D-Florida), to introduce the amendment. This created fractures between the Southern Democrats.
- The bill passed in the House by a 295 to 86 vote, with 90% of Republicans and 70% of Democrats in favor. It passed the Senate in a 77 to 16 vote with 96% of Republicans and 76% of Democrats supporting it!
- Yes, the 24th was passed under the Kennedy administration. But it required him to convince several within his own party.
- Kennedy didn’t need to convince Republicans – we already wanted it!
Did the parties “switch”?
You might have heard that the parties “switched” during this time period. That’s another manipulation of history. What’s true is that racist Southern Democrats joined the Republican Party. Do you know why they did that? They did it because Democrat President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Leaving the Democrat Party was their reaction to being angry at Johnson. These poor fools weren’t smart enough to realize that it had been the Republicans fighting for it all along! Just a bunch of ignorant Democrats who switched sides and most Republicans ignored them.
If you have more to add to this history, please let us know!
And don’t forget to remind your friends, family, and neighbors to Register to Vote!