For many people, voting can be an emotional process. It wasn't that long ago that large numbers of the U.S. population weren't allowed even that basic right, and entering the ballot on election day caused some people to reflect on what suffrage meant to them. On Twitter on Tuesday, many black voters shared their inspiration behind voting, and for a lot of them, it had to do with their family.
Many pointed to their grandmothers and their grandfathers, who trekked to the polls despite their age. Other black voters shared stories about the first person in their family who was legally allowed to vote.
Each black voter's inspiration for voting is different, but virtually every reason shared on Twitter was intensely personal. Many expressed that, in one way or another, they were carrying on family member's legacies. But others, like writer Ijeoma Oluo, reflected on the idea of a better future, writing that she voted because of her son.
On the subject of voting, she added that "until every adult American has the freedom - real freedom - to choose to vote, until everyone has access to a vote that counts, and until a safe and healthy future for our children who cannot vote is secured, my freedom will be an obligation. One I'm proud to fulfill."