Voting is a right … and a privilege.

….speak with those who fought their whole life for the privilege.  ~ Vaq
Here’s an early voting story from a medical student in Evansville, Ind.:
I squeaked in just before the 7pm deadline to find two very frustrated poll workers and a line of a couple dozen people, due to problems with the computerized voting system not accepting people’s driver’s licenses. It was taking about 7-10 minutes per person just to get the computer to accept them as valid and to print out their ballot, causing very long delays.For me the most moving moment came when the family in front of me, comprising probably 4 generations of voters (including an 18 year old girl voting for her first time and a 90-something hunched-over grandmother), got their turn to vote. When the old woman left the voting booth she made it about halfway to the door before collapsing in a nearby chair, where she began weeping uncontrollably. When we rushed over to help we realized that she wasn’t in trouble at all but she had not truly believed, until she left the booth, that she would ever live long enough to cast a vote for an African-American for president.Anyone who doesn’t think that African-American turnout will absolutely SHATTER every existing record is in for a very rude surprise.There were about 20 people in front of me but remarkably not a single person left the room without voting over the TWO (2) HOURS it took to get through the line.×7565366


A little bit of Canadian History ….


Nurses who were serving in World War I were exclusively given the right to vote in the federal election.

As early as 1917, women who were British subjects were allowed to vote in the federal election on behalf of their husbands or close relations (not themselves) who were off at war.

By 1918, white women could vote in a federal election and by 1920 they could hold public office. (For more info on that see article, When Women Were Not Considered to be Persons).

Most women of colour: Black, Chinese etc did not get the right to vote until the 1940s.

Under the Indian Act, Native women could not vote in band councils until 1951; and they could not vote in a federal election before 1960.

May 25: Are there any Canadian citizens who are not entitled to vote in a federal election?
Only two Canadian citizens aged 18 and over do not have the legal right to vote in the June 28 election. They are the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada and the Assistant Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, both of whom must preserve strict impartiality.EVERYONE ELSE….YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE!!!

~ Vaq

Groups of Canadians have been given the right to vote gradually over the years. Starting back in the early 1800s, you had to be over 21 and own land in certain quantities in order to have a voice in responsible government in the British colonies that would go on to become modern Canada. That status that was mostly reserved for middle- and upper-class men, although widows and daughters who inherited property were also allowed to vote. Women gradually lost that right throughout the colonies, and in the years after Confederation only property-owning males over 21 could vote as colonial systems were gradually harmonized.

Still, members of some religious denominations, Canadians of Asian descent and most aboriginal Canadians were specifically excluded from voting even if they met the other standards.

As Robert Borden’s government tried to retain support during the First World War, military women, aboriginal soldiers, enlisted men under 21 and male and female relatives of soldiers won the franchise, even if they owned no property. At the same time, the government took away the right to vote from religious groups opposing the First World War and recently arrived citizens from non-English-speaking countries. All women aged 21 and up won the vote the year the war ended, in 1918.

The office of the Chief Electoral Officer for Canada was established in 1920, leading to the recognition of several new classes of voters throughout the land. That meant that about 50 per cent of the population was allowed to cast a ballot in the general election held a year later.

In 1948, Canadians of Asian origin were finally allowed to vote, Inuit people followed suit in 1953, and registered Indians living on reserves earned the franchise in 1960.

Canada Elections Act revisions in 1970 lowered the age for voting and running for office from 21 to 18. Federally-appointed judges were allowed to vote for the first time in 1988, with mentally disabled people and prisoners serving less than two years in jail not far behind.

Finally, a Supreme Court of Canada ruling in 2002 gave the vote to inmates serving sentences of two or more years. That leaves only the two top officials at Elections Canada without the right to vote in the 2004 election.

Remember — White, mostly British women were allowed the right to vote in 1917….all other women (Canadian women of different nationalities) were not allowed that same right to vote until much later…

I heard on the CBC Radio One this morning that an elderly woman in her 80s, was refused by the Enumerator – to vote- he/she decided that the elderly woman was not mentally stable enough to vote (maybe he/she felt she was senile).

From what I understand, the Enumerator does not have the right to evaluate the psychological health of voters…her daughter is filing a complaint.  You go girl!!!

“Federally-appointed judges were allowed to vote for the first time in 1988, with mentally disabled people and prisoners serving less than two years in jail not far behind.”

Everyone should be allow to vote at this point, except for prisoners (This is not my opion, I’m just thinking out loud) –I am not sure who is left out in the year 2011???

Musical Interlude!!!….

I Am Woman by Helen Reddy LIVE 1975 Midnight Special


Lesley Gore– “You Don’t Own Me” Live

(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)

Quiet Riot – Cum On Feel The Noize

Twisted Sister – Come On Feel The Noise!!!

The Slits I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Typical Girls – The Slits


The Waitresses – I Know What Boys Like


The Runaways – Cherry Bomb

Joan Jett’s first band as a teenager … ~Vaq



joan jett – crimson and clover 1983.avi






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