When the American Constitution was adopted only white male property owners had the right to vote.
Over the past couple of centuries a number of requirements have fallen away — including religious tests, property ownership requirements, poll taxes and literacy tests. And new rights for several formerly disenfranchised groups have been granted — including women’s suffrage, citizenship for former slaves and Native Americans and the right of 18-year-olds to vote. Of course, several constitutional amendments (15th, 19th, 24th and 26th) were necessary to accomplish this nearly universal suffrage for all American citizens.
California’s June 5 primary election is right around the corner. Plumas County vote-by-mail ballots should have hit your mailbox last week. They must be received in the county clerk’s office by the close of the polls on Election Day — 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 5. Postmarks do not count.
If you do not receive your ballot within 10 days prior to the election, call 283-6256.
The last day to register to vote in the June 5 election is Monday, May 21. Voters who have moved or changed their address do not need to re-register, but they do need to notify the county clerk’s office.
Once you cast your vote-by-mail ballot, you can check its status to make sure it has been received by calling the same number listed above.
You can also hand deliver your ballot to the Plumas County Elections Division in the county courthouse in Quincy.
Feather Publishing does not endorse candidates or issues in elections. But we do ask you to do your civic duty and vote — send in your vote-by-mail ballot or visit the polls on Election Day.
If you don’t know which candidates deserve your vote, we hope our coverage of candidate forums will introduce you to those running for office and help you make an informed decision.
If we are to have a government of the people, by the people and for the people, the people must participate.
Please cast your vote wisely for the candidates of your choice in this important election.