The right to vote has become a center point in the recent months especially with so much finger pointing at groups and politicians accusing each other of voter tampering. The right to vote has gone through several manifestations since our finding fathers drafted the United States Constitution. Each state is given broad authority on the issue of its citizen’s right to vote.  But at no time in our history has the individual’s right to vote been as important as it is now in our polarized society.

We must never forget the history and blood that has been shed to protect our freedom and right to vote for our leaders. From the beginning of our nation, the U. S. Constitution did not specifically say who could vote. Each state was given authority to define the groups of people who could cast a vote.   The fact is that many states only allowed “white men” to cast a vote. And more specifically, “white men” in some states had to be land owners or in some cases only white men that had taxable incomes had the right to vote. Many jurisdictions limited people’s right to vote only if they were land owners who paid taxes. 

In many parts of our country, people were limited to exercise their right to vote by literacy requirements, taxes on voting, and in some cases religious tests in order to disallow portions of our population the right to vote.  Our right to vote for the politicians that match our philosophy regarding divorce, marriage, and other family law regulations has never been as important as today.

In the past few decades, voting rights reform has significantly expanded the right to vote to almost all groups, both racial and gender, and to the poor. However, even today, most groups have a very low voting rate allowing the minority to rule the majority.  People must educate themselves to the degree that people realize that their vote could influence how and when they can obtain a divorce in Texas.

In Texas, conservative groups lobbying our state legislators have made many attempts to curtail and modify Texans’ right to a “no fault divorce” and other family related issues which are common with the majority of Texans. Many legislative attempts have tried to disallow “no fault divorce” in Texas. What does that mean to the majority of Texans who decide to dissolve their problematic marriages?   If conservative, religious groups succeed in changing our divorce laws, people wishing to divorce their spouses may have to climb numerous hurdles before they will be allowed to finalize their divorce.

Being  a divorce attorney in Texas, I represent hundreds of husbands and wives who have tried to make their marriages work.   A lot of our family law clients reach a point in their marriages where they wish to pursue an amicable, friendly, and economic dissolution of their marital relationship. That means being able to legally file an uncontested, no-fault divorce which will not require them to go through mandatory counseling dictated by our state legislators.   It also means not having to have a waiting period of months and even years before the parties can continue with their lives. Currently, Texas has a 60 day cooling off period for parties wanting to divorce in Texas. In other states where people have elected conservative representatives, husbands and wives sometimes have to delay their divorce until they have met 6 months to 2 years of wait time before the courts will grant their divorce.

Does my vote really count?

Yes, your vote and my vote really count in county, state and federal elections. Your vote counts in every level of the election process. We must be informed about the candidates we cast our vote for. Our pursuit of voting rights for all Americans have endured many obstacles and hardships for our population. Be familiar with our candidates.  Learn about what they really stand for.   The internet is full of truths and mistruths; however, the higher your level of understanding the candidates, the higher the quality of our elected officials will be.  The consequences of allowing the few to vote in people that will dictate and make laws that the majority will have to abide to is contrary to what we as Americans stand for.