The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 3, 1968 · Page 151
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 151

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 3, 1968
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Roof PakBving AND WATER PRESSURE CLEANING TILE GRAVEL I duratex ROOFS ROOFS coated USING COATED WALLS VIM""rl,t rlZ'r. GUARANTEED 2 YEAR GRAVEUOCK 10 YEARS GUARANTEt PROCESS Painting 1 1 B1ui 1 1 glass INTERIOR AND W'ND0W EXTERIOR uATCD TINTING RESIDENTIAL WATER reduce HEAT, COMMERCIAL PROOFING EADI l GLARE Serving South Florida For Over 20 Years " TOM GUSTAFSON INDUSTRIES W. Palm Beach - Palm Bch. County PHONE 832-5212 DELRAY - BOYNTON Phone 278-2671 A CLASSIC ARGUMEUT What happens when a new voting mass enters the political scene. In the earlier struggle for feminine rights in this country the thought was to clean up politics through the woman-vote. In the term of the day, get politics out of the back rooms and barrooms. The feminine vote became a reality with an almost one-for-one increase at the polls. The shift in ideology was negligible. There were no earthshaking reforms as a result. A suspected block-vote power just didn't materialize. Dr. Bartley put it humorously, "It didn't get politics out of the barrooms, it just let the ladies in." Georgia gave the 18-year-old the vote locally and nationally in 1943! It isn't an experiment there any longer. It's a 25-year-old fact. And it came to pass without idealistic hysteria or block voting of any form. Georgia Governor Ellis Arnall wrote at the time: (in part) "Georgia is the first state of the Union to permit young men and young women from 18 to 21 years of age to participate in elections. That this represents salutary advance for democracy and that Georgia's example will be followed speedily by other States and by the Federal lawmakers, we in Georgia are firmly convinced." Arnall did not place the "fight-vote" reasoning as first importance. "Although the force of this argument, deeply rooted both in the emotions and in the Anglo-American concept of citizenship, has a strong appeal, I believe it to be but the third of three very potent reasons why the younger citizens should be given the ballot." "The first of these reasons is that their fellow citizens need their participation in public affairs. They need the fresh viewpoint of these unregi-mented voters. They need their idealism, which while always tending toward conservatism because of youth's tendency to accept the world as it finds it, nevertheless, is sympathetic, gentle and unselfish. , "The second reason impelling advocacy of the proposal to grant the franchise to younger citizens is that they need to exercise their training in citizenship at the earliest opportune time. "The American philosophy of government always has recognized the need for appropriate training of citizens as they advance in the field r m I YOUR AUTHORIZED SALES & SERVICE DEALER I I0ATS AND CAMPING TRAILERS MERCURY OUIIOARD MOTORS STARCRAFT' j f "Th New Look In Camping "World Uadora in Marin ? and Boating" Propulsion" J CRUISERS SPORTABOUTS FISHING BOATS 1 RUNABOUTS SAIL BOATS PRAMS CANOES I y "Where the Fun Begins" ? J PICK UP YOUR FREE II PAGE HOLIDAY FUN GUIDE-FREE V S All Florida Magazine

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