Precious Duty

Do you remember when you voted for the first time? And why does voting matter?

It is such a deeply fundamental part of citizenship in a democratic society that it’s easy to take for granted. But until pretty recently, the right to vote belonged only to Protestant white male landowners. Your gender, the color of your skin, your religion, your country of origin, your poverty could deprive you of a voice in your nation’s and your own future. But it never stopped African Americans, women, Native Americans, Asians, and other groups from trying, even dying, to have the vote in a nation they loved despite it all. So, we asked—Do you remember when you voted for the first time? And why does voting matter?