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The Story Of One Womans Fight To Vote

New Hampshire is in a very heated battle over Voter ID.  The Good thing is that right now in 2012 you cannot be turned away from voting.  You can use same day registrations, you can use your ID or don’t use your ID, the choice is yours.

We are still awaiting the final ruling from the NH Supreme Court to rule on the new NH Voter ID laws.  When it comes to voting rights we should always look at how far we have come as a nation.  At one time women had to fight for the right to vote.  Then African-Americans had to fight for their right to vote.  People had to endure poll taxes and outrageous laws that kept them from their right to vote.

Today the Minnesota AFL-CIO released a short video of Eve Black speaking to a modest crowd in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Eve is a SAG-AFTRA member and former board member. Eve told the story of her 78-year-old great-grandmother who was violently murdered after attending a civil rights meeting in Mississippi. Her ancestors, like many others, fought hard and even died for equal voting rights.

Here we are in 2012 fight once again that everyone has their equal right to vote.  This time is not about skin color it is something else.  That is also the problem there is no one group that is harmed in these attacks on voting rights.  It effects everyone, young and old, rural and urban, black and white.  Adelina Hamilton died fighting for her belief that everyone has the right to vote.  Do we really want to go back to that place again?



About Matt Murray

Matt Murray is the creator and an author on the NH Labor News. He is a union member and advocate for labor and progressive politics. He also works with other unions and members to help spread our message. Follow him on Twitter @NHLabor_News
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