The right to vote is important and should not be taken lightly. All elections are important, but this year November 3rd election is polarizing for many reasons. No matter what side of the fence you sit on, it is important that you vote so that your voice can be heard. Voting is a right that generations of Americans have struggled to obtain. Votes are stolen from the disenfranchised as people are literally fighting for their lives.
In the 1930s, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. created a program called a "Voteless People is a Hopeless People." The creation of the program was a way to overcome many of the obstacles that were placed in front of African-Americans preventing them from voting. through the use of poll taxes, threats of reprisal, and lack of education about the voting process. Voter education and registration have remained a dominant focus of this program since its inception. In the 1990s, the focus has shifted to include political awareness and empowerment, delivered most frequently through town meetings and candidate forums.
In support of this program, the Zeta Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in conjunction with the League of Women Voters of Fairfax is promoting voter education and encouraging all to vote in this and all elections.
If you would like to register to vote, check your registration status, find a polling place, or apply for an Absentee Ballot, visit the state of Virginia's Department of Elections for more information.
Remember that no one nor no one's vote should be left behind.