Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Right to Vote

Did you know -- it's been almost 100 years since women have been able to vote in the U.S.! On August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.

This milestone didn't come quickly or easily -- active protest and struggle to gain the right to vote began a full 70+ years before 1920. Many of the original supporters of the movement never lived to see their dream realized. The persistence and vision of early voting advocates is inspiring.

But believe it or not -- "Just when women gained the vote, voter participation declined nationally. Fewer men and women were attuned to national political issues which, increasingly, were defined by special-interest groups and lobbies." (Source: The Women's Rights Movement, 1848-1920, U.S. House of Representatives: History, Art, and Archives)

As we watch the primary season unfold, don't forget that every vote counts. If you aren't registered to vote in California, there's still time. Go to to register to vote, and to read about the primary and general elections.

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