Know Your Voting Rights

Many individuals take their right to vote for granted. However, the ability to vote is a very important aspect of one’s rights as an American. For various reasons, though, people discriminate against others and try to deny them their right to vote despite the national legislation that prevents such practices. You may not realize it, but there are a wide variety of things that count as obstructions to someone's right to vote.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965

The national Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 in response to the calls for eliminating discriminatory practices that stole the vote from a number of people. In the past, people used things such as literacy tests and poll taxes to stop others from voting. However, this legislation makes such things illegal, as well as anything else that denies someone enfranchisement based on gender, religion, race, skin color, sexual orientation, etc.

Now, any person age 18 or older is able to vote if he or she is a citizen of the United States. This includes local elections, state elections, and national elections.

Modern-Day Disenfranchisement

Although we really do not see things like literacy tests anymore, there are still several things that people might do in order to keep you from voting. These may include:

  • Denying you the right to take time off to vote even if you followed legal procedure to get time off
  • Using threats or coercion to keep you from voting
  • Providing faulty or unfair voting stations
  • Having your vote miscounted

Contact Us

If you feel that you have been illegally prevented from voting or if your vote was in any way mishandled, you should consider consulting a lawyer about the steps you can take. For more information on protecting your voting rights, or any other forms of injury, contact a Phoenix personal injury lawyer from Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. today by calling 800-763-0964.

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