League Marks Anniversary of 19th Amendment
Tuesday, Aug. 26, marks the 88th anniversary of the day that the U.S. Constitution was amended to grant women the right to vote, in the 19th Amendment.
The nonpartisan League of Women Voters, formed when women were first granted the right to vote, will mark this occasion with reflections on how far we have come as well as optimism that this year will bring even more Americans into the democratic process.
"What better day than the anniversary of the 19th amendment, Women's Equity Day, to recognize the progress we have made on voting rights in the past 88 years," said Mary G. Wilson, the National League president.
"This election year has seen an unprecedented rise in the amount of new voters, especially young people and minorities, registering to vote," said the League of Women Voters of Moore County president, Jo Nicholas.
"There is a tremendous sense of excitement and energy during this election. Right now, the League is working with several organizations, specifically dedicated to reaching out to these rising populations of new voters, making sure that everyone is prepared for Nov. 4.
"More and more people are getting motivated and involved, something that League founders would be proud to see: an active, energized voting public fulfilling the destiny of the 19th Amendment, however, these achievements do not mark the end of our journey. In communities across the country, citizens still lack real representation by their elected officials and the policies they pass. It is only with the continued work of citizens and leaders of all backgrounds, that this can change.
"Today, and especially this election year, is a time to celebrate the progress achieved by active citizens over the past eight decades. But it is also a time to look at what still needs to be done to make democracy work for all Americans. The League of Women Voters of Moore County will continue to be the place where hands-on work leads to better democracy for all.
"We encourage everyone to join us in continuing our outstanding work for the people and communities of Moore County. You may contact me at (910) 673-3604 or e-mail at LWVMoore@bellsouth.net. Join us in making democracy work in Moore County."
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages.
With more than 88 years of experience and 850 local and state affiliates, the League is one of America's most trusted grassroots organizations.
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