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  • African Americans and the vote 2020: Events Leading Toward

    On Sept. 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that as of Jan. 1, 1863, all slaves in the states currently engaged in rebellion against the Union shall be then, thenceforward and forever free.

  • Federal Voting Assistance Program

    As Congress and the courts have affirmed, voting is a citizen's most fundamental right. The Department of Defense continues to increase its emphasis on the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

  • Women’s Equality Day: On the road to women’s right to vote

    Women’s Equality Day is August 26 and commemorates the proclamation of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920. The 19th Amendment states "the right of citizens of the United States shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex." Women's Equality Day

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