Up & Coming Weekly

September 12, 2017

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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4 UCW SEPTEMBER 13 - 19, 2017 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM PUBLISHER'S PEN STAFF PUBLISHER Bill Bowman Bill@upandcomingweekly.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER/ EDITOR Stephanie Crider editor@upandcomingweekly.com OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Paulette Naylor accounting@upandcomingweekly.com ASSISTANT EDITOR Leslie Pyo leslie@upandcomingweekly.com SENIOR REPORTER Jeff Thompson news@upandcomingweekly.com SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Earl Vaughan Jr. GRAPHIC DESIGNER Elizabeth Long art@upandcomingweekly.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS D.G. Martin, Pitt Dickey, Margaret Dickson, John Hood, Erinn Crider, Jim Jones, Shanessa Fenner, Paul Hall SALES ADMINISTRATOR/ DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Laurel Handforth laurel@upandcomingweekly.com MARKETING/SALES Linda McAlister Brown linda@upandcomingweekly.com ––––––––––– Up & Coming Weekly www.upandcomingweekly.com 208 Rowan Street P.O. Box 53461 Fayetteville, NC 28305 PHONE: (910) 484-6200 FAX: (910) 484-9218 Up & Coming Weekly is a "Quality of Life" publication with local features, news and information on what's happening in and around the Fayetteville/Cumberland County community. Up & Coming Weekly is published weekly on Wednesdays. Up & Coming Weekly wel- comes manuscripts, photographs and artwork for publication consideration, but assumes no responsibility for them. We cannot accept responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts or material. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to edit or reject copy submitted for publication. Up & Coming Weekly is free of charge and distributed at indoor and outdoor locations throughout Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Readers are limited to one copy per person. ©2007 by F&B Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or advertisements without permission is strictly prohibited. Cover art designed with various elements from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. The Right to Vote by STEPHANIE CRIDER It was a long and hard-fought path to the "Rock the Vote" campaigns and dis- mal voter turnout of recent years. In the early days of our country, voting really was a privilege, one reserved for property-owning or tax-paying white men over the age of 21. In the 1790s, the Naturalization Act gave men born outside the U.S. who be- came citizens the right to vote, and vari- ous states started dropping the property requirement. In 1870, the 15th Amendment gave nonwhite men and freed male slaves the right to vote, although several states con- tinued to suppress this group of voters. Native American men were granted citizenship in 1887, giving them the right to vote, but only if they would disassoci- ate themselves from their tribes. It was 1920 before the 19th Amendment passed, giving women the right to vote. By 1924, Native Americans, regardless of tribal affiliation, won the right to vote. It was 1943 before the Magnuson Act granted Chinese immigrants a voice in American politics. In 1964, the 24th Amendment declared voting cannot be denied "by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax" for federal elections. It wasn't until 1965 that the Voting Rights Act guaranteed protection of voter registration and voting for racial minori- ties. In 1971, thanks to the 26th Amend- ment, the voting age changed from 21 to 18. Today, the voting requirements are: • Be a U.S. citizen • Be at least 18 years of age • Reside in the county and election dis - trict in which he or she presents to vote • Not be serving an active sentence for a felony conviction In just over a week, on Sept. 21, one- stop voting begins for the Fayetteville primary election. It includes candidates vying for mayoral and city council/com - missioner/alderman positions. Voting ends Oct. 10. One-stop voting starts for the municipal winners Oct. 19 and ends Nov. 7. Find out more about local candi - dates and voting policies at www. co.cumberland.nc.us/election_board/ voter_info/guide.aspx#. Also, we are proud to debut our Hope Mills News & Views section in this week's paper. Check it out on pages 22 and 23. ank you for reading Up & Coming Weekly. HIGH 86 LOW 67 HIGH 86 HIGH 88 HIGH 87 HIGH 86 HIGH 86 LOW 67 LOW 67 LOW 66 LOW 66 LOW 63 SEPTEMBER 14 SEPTEMBER 15 SEPTEMBER 16 SEPTEMBER 17 SEPTEMBER 18 SEPTEMBER 19 Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Mostly Sunny On Sept. 21, one-stop voting begins for the Fayetteville primary election. STEPHANIE CRIDER, As- sociate Publisher. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomingweekly. com. (910) 484-6200.

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