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Our Rights to Vote installation
Our Rights to Vote” is a public information installation examining nine pieces of
federal legislation that provide suffrage and voter protections to United States citizens. Visitors will learn how federal implementation and state-level interpretation of these laws has created a sequence of expansions and restrictions to the privilege of voting from post-Civil War Reconstruction Era (1868) until today.

The visually impactful installation is a transportable, freestanding attraction comprised of four curved displays totaling forty linear feet that were manufactured by DisplayIt, Inc., a tradeshow display company located in Buford, Georgia. The displays are constructed out of a print fabric attached to a lightweight aluminum frame. The fabric is imprinted with graphics through an 8-color dye sublimation process where life-size imagery accompanies textual information outlining each amendment to the Constitution or Congressional statute. Each panel organizes the legislation in reverse-chronology. One display presents recent legislation of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act of 2009, the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, along with the 26th Amendment that set the voting age at 18. The next panel addresses the Voter Rights Act of 1965, the 24th Amendment that abolished poll taxing, and the Snyder Act of 1924 (the Indian Citizenship Act). The last panel draws on the trajectory of women’s suffrage, the suffrage rights of former slaves, and the citizenship of former slaves granted by Amendments 19, 15, and 14.

The installation has been exhibited at these venues:
- The Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA. 
- Palmer Art Museum Plaza, Penn State University, University Park, PA.
- HUB-Robeson Center, Penn State University, University Park, PA.

Our Rights to Vote installation
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