Most Americans know that we celebrate our nation's birthday on July 4th and that September 11th is known as Patriot Day. But, very few Americans are aware that September 17th marks the birth of our government!
Constitution and Citizenship Day is observed on September 17 in celebration of the completion and signing of the United States Constitution which occurred on September 17, 1787. Constitution Day became a national holiday in 2004 after the passage of a Senate Resolution which was introduced by Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia. The act mandates that each year on September 17 all publicly funded educational institutions must provide informative programming to students regarding the American Constitution and voter registration.
The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America and is the oldest written constitution of any nation in the world! It was completed and adopted by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 17, 1787. The Constitution created a more unified and defined government in place of what was then a group of semi-independent states operating under the Articles of Confederation. The U.S. Constitution has served as a model for the constitutions of numerous other nations. The original copy of the Constitution from 1787 is on permanent display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. In just four hand-written pages, the Constitution gives us the owner's manual to our government.
In a democracy there is nothing more fundamental than having the right to vote. The voting rights of American citizens are protected in the Constitution. To be eligible to vote in the State of Texas you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of the country
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Not be a convicted felon or declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law
For more information on your right to vote, Texas voter registration, and upcoming elections/deadlines, please see the following websites: