Why am I urging you to vote this year? There are less than 80 days until Election Day. We must remember that when the 19th Amendment was passed 100 years ago giving women the right to vote, that not all women were included. Black, Native American, Mexican and other women of color were excluded from voting on that momentous day in 1920.
Discrimination continued on the basis of gender and race and women of color demanded for the right to vote for decades. It is with that fighting spirit that I call upon all of us to continue to deliver the message of struggle and perseverance. We see today policies and practices to curtail access to voting rather than expanding and facilitating the ease to vote.
This is why we must vote! Urge friends, family and community members to register and vote on November 3rd. It is our civic responsibility to do so.
It is also important to remember that voters will be deciding on local issues that can make a big difference in the lives of our youth and families. For example, I’m motivated to elect candidates to serve on our local school board that address campus climate issues to ensure a safe learning environment for all students.
Review your voter information guide to become familiar with all the local measures and candidates. Local elections from school boards to water districts have impacts on day to day matters and are inseparable to equitable access to resources and policies. Yo Voy A Votar. ¿Y Tu?
Arcelia Sencion is a member of the Santa Barbara Giving Circle.