Calvert County Democratic Women's Club

Destiny Lewis

Northern High School

Destiny will attend Bowie State University with a major in Chemistry; her goal is to become a cardiologist. She will also be running for the Bowie State U Bulldogs.

As a young adult the right to vote is an American principle and a basic democratic right that should be promoted, practiced, and protected. In 1870 the 15th Amendment was ratified allowing African American men to vote as American male citizens. Following, in 1920, African American females were allowed to vote. As an African American female, I deeply appreciate the right to vote due to American principles of freedom and democracy, but also because of my ancestor's fight for equality. These historical events have shaped my view on voting rights. Former President Barack Obama served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Over his two terms he had established Obama Care and his wife Former First-Lady Michelle Obama had introduced the Let’s Move initiative towards the Hunger-Free Kids Act. These two programs and events have shaped my view on voting; voting is more than an opinion for someone you admire, but for policies and reformations you aspire them to introduce.  

Democrats should address the rise in voter suppression by same day voter registration boxes. In addition, teaching students the importance of voting and the impact of presidential power (including government officials). I am involved in Calvert Association of Student Councils (CASC) where I attend monthly meetings and have attended and taught workshops towards advocating for student voice and voting power for Student Member on the Board (SMOB). Teaching upcoming voters, the importance of voting history and the impact on the community locally and globally can help fight voter suppression. In the past election I went with my parents to visually see voting registration. Verifying valid trustworthy polling locations for provisional and back up ballots is key to a successful voter registration turnout.  In terms of making sure all citizens have voting rights, by marking down what race or ethnicity a voter is can provide a statistical numerical percentage of voters to expand the minority vote. Also, broadcasting minorities who are influential leaders and or, celebrities can influence minorities in their individual communities to vote.  

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