I wonder what Susan B. Anthony would say in this age of voter identification and suppression? This is what she said at her trial for voting illegally in 1873.

…the United States Constitution, the supreme law of this land, says, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States…are citizens; no State shall deny or abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens;” and “The right of citizens to vote shall not be denied.” The one question to be settled is, are personal freedom and personal representation inherent rights and privileges under democratic-republican institutions, or are they things of legislation, precisely as under old monarchical governments, to be given and taken at the option of a ruling class or of a majority vote? If the former, then is our country free indeed; if it is the latter, then our country is a despotism, and we women its victims!

Susan B. Anthony as cited in Ida Husted Harper’s The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony p 429

September 15th is International Day of Democracy.

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