26 August 2011

91st year of the 19th Amendment

Celebrating 91 Years of the Power of the Vote

Press release from the LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF CT, enhanced with highlights and images, followed by a link.

Women’s Equality Day on August 26 will mark the 91st anniversary of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.  The League of Women Voters of Connecticut will celebrate this major landmark by looking ahead to the work League members will do in the upcoming months to engage more citizens in the electoral process.
“An engaged citizenry can lead to civic improvement at all levels of government.  Women’s Equality Day is a celebration of such a basic part of our democratic process — the right to vote — and the opportunities to channel that power into real, lasting change, starting at the grassroots level – not just for women but for all of us,” said Cheryl Dunson, LWVCT President.  “Our foremothers understood that if you don’t vote, you don’t count.  League members are continuously working to get more citizens to exercise their right to vote, to ensure that there are not barriers for individuals to exercise this fundamental right, and that every vote is counted.”

During the upcoming months, members of Connecticut’s 28 Leagues, comprising more than 1800 men and women, will be working to encourage greater participation in this year’s local elections to be held on Tuesday, November 8.  Among the many activities planned are voter registration in high schools and at community sites, candidate forums and debates, Voters’ Guides, get-out-the-vote rallies, and ongoing educational efforts.

To learn about the League of Women Voters, visit the LWVCT website at www.lwvct.org, or call (203)861-7335.  And most importantly, don’t forget to vote … remember, if you don’t vote, you don’t count!

1890 Dixwell Avenue, Suite 203, Hamden, CT 06514-3183
Phone (203) 288-7996   Fax (203) 288-7998   e-mail lwvct@lwvct.org   Web site www.lwvct.org
On September 14, 1920 Connecticut was the 37th state (out of 48 at the time) to ratify the 19th Amendment -- 15 months after Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan (June 10, 1919)

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