To understand the importance of voting, Tzvi Odzer believes we must first understand the history of voting in our country. It is easy to take a right to vote for granted if we do not know the sacrifices made by so many to obtain that right.
Only white male landowners were allowed to vote in the late 1700s. As time went on, there were literacy tests and poll taxes. Tzvi Odzer says many believe these were attempts to keep African-American men from voting.
Tzvi Odzer says women did not win the right to vote until 1920. In the 1960s, lawmakers introduced policies to keep many people from having the right to vote. One of these was a tax required to register to vote. A lot of people in those days could not pay this tax.
In 1965, The Voting Rights Act gave hope to many, and in 1971, eighteen-year-olds could legally vote. Tzvi Odzer says that in 1975 the Voting Rights Act went further to include assistance for non-English speaking minorities, and 1982, new protections were added for the disabled.
Unfortunately, in 2013, the Supreme Court disabled a large portion of The Voting Rights Act, and once again, people had to fight for the right to vote.
Tzvi Odzer says this is just a very shortened version of this country’s voting challenges. Still, he hopes that it will remind us of the great privilege and responsibility to exercise our right to vote in our elections every opportunity we get.
Our country needs strong leadership and a willingness on both sides of the aisle to work together to get things accomplished. Tzvi Odzer acknowledges that there is a vast divide between parties and gridlock that binds the hands of good men and women who are trying to do the right thing for our great country. Only by voting do we let our politicians know where we stand.
Tzvi Odzer believes making our voices heard through voting is something every person should do, not only for themselves but for every American who sacrificed to give us this precious right. There are people in other countries who can do nothing without fear of retribution. People in our country complain about what is not going right, but on voting day, where are they? Tzvi Odzer believes that if we do not vote, we have no right to complain. There are unique challenges this year due to the COVID 19 pandemic. It is essential to stay updated on how this will take place.
Tzvi Odzer not only actively encourages Americans to vote but is also heavily involved with the Republican Jewish Coalition. This coalition seeks to strengthen the relationship between the Jewish community in America and the decision-makers in the Republican Party.