Though many citizens express distrust in their government, American Democracy is actually one of the strongest in the world. Beginning with George Washington, who is recognized as the first president of the United States, the Federal Government has constructed itself around the vote of the people. Passed by congress on February 26th 1869, the 15th Amendment to the Constitution granted African American men the right to vote by declaring that the “right of the citizens of the United Stated to vote shall not be denied or abridged by any based on race, color or previous condition of servitude”. However through poll taxes, literacy tests and other means, Southern States successfully prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote. 96 years later- on August 6, 1965 the Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, which aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote. Another interesting amendment is the 19th amendment ratified on August 18, 1920, guarantees all American women the right to vote. In sum, at a high level, starting after 1965 all Americans were allowed to vote. In 2008 Americans elected their first African American president: President Barack Hussein Obama II. And in 2016, each vote will go towards deciding the future of one of the most entertaining presidential elections in the history of the United States of America.
WHO IS RUNNING IN 2016?
The 2016 presidential election started off as one of the most crowded in recent history. There were no fewer than seventeen candidates on the Republican side, with six on the Democratic side. Now, however, the race has dwindled down to six main contenders, and that number is likely to drop even further in the weeks to come. Here the nominees:
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