Judge Dixie Park Speaks on Constitution Day

October 10, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Throughout history, people made all kinds of sacrifices for us to have the ability to vote, said Honorable Judge Dixie Park during the University of Mount Union’s Constitution Day event on Wednesday evening.

Park is the first vice-president of the Ohio Association of Probate Judges, chairs the Probate Forms committee and recently co-chaired the Ohio Judicial Conference 50th anniversary Planning Committee. Park received a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron School of Law. She is a member of the Ohio Judicial Conference, American Judges Association, Ohio State Bar Association and the Stark County Bar Association.

Park’s speech covered voting rights, specifically the 15th and 19th amendments to the constitution, as well as an overview of the history of the constitution.

“Women could not vote but neither could men and only if they had colonial American stake in society,” said Park. “If they owned property, paid taxes, were male and were white, then they would be afforded the right to vote but this excluded African Americans.”

She went on to say how it wasn’t until after the Civil War that the 15th amendment prohibited the discrimination of race to vote; even then, it wasn’t until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that granted them the right.  Women didn’t have the right to vote until the passage of the 19th amendment in May of 1920, said Park.

Voting is just one of the many freedoms granted to us by the constitution. According to Park, this year the polls will be open another 72 hours to allow more time for people to vote.

The U.S. typically celebrates Constitution Day on September 17, to commemorate the day in 1787 when the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met to sign the document they created.

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