Your right to vote for public officials and representatives is rare in human history, valuable, and hard-won by America’s founders.
Before America gained independence, the colonies were ruled by Great Britain’s Parliament and King George III. In the Declaration of Independence, the founders listed many grievances against British rule, especially the lack of representation. The Declaration said King George “has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.” And it said the British were “suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.” In the Revolutionary War, America rejected British monarchy by great effort.
The Constitutional Convention replaced monarchy with a democratic republic, which “we the People” ratified. Central to our system is citizen election of officials and legislative representatives. Yet astonishingly, many people don’t register and vote.
As Americans who enjoy the benefits that a democratic society offers, it is our civil duty to actively participate in government by voting. But more importantly, voting allows citizens the opportunity to make direct decisions that better our communities and allows us to build a free and prosperous society. Many people in the world live in places where their voices will not be heard because they are unable to vote. So take a stand to let your voice be heard, and help build a stronger America by registering to vote today!
The Louisiana Secretary of State’s website provides valuable information to help you register and vote. For registration information and to register online, see
• www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/RegisterToVote/Pages/default.aspx and
For voting information, see
For the calendar of elections and deadlines for registration and voting by mail, see
Check out these websites today, and let your voice be heard in 2016!