August 5, 2010

Remember to vote!

Good morning!  Just a quick reminder to all of you who have today as an election day/primary vote day—get out there and vote!  Yes, I know it is hot and you have a lot to do, but please vote.  Because my birthday (August 26th) is the day and month that the women’s vote was ratified and because my home state of Tennessee had a little say in the vote, the right to vote has always been something very special and dear to me.  I hope that you will remember the men and women who fought so that you had this right today as you cast your ballot. 

One young legislator, 24 year old Harry Burn, had voted with the anti-suffrage forces to that time. But his mother had urged that he vote for the amendment and for suffrage. When he saw that the vote was very close, and with his anti-suffrage vote would be tied 48 to 48, he decided to vote as his mother had urged him: for the right of women to vote. And so on August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th and deciding state to ratify.

Except that the anti-suffrage forces used parliamentary maneuvers to delay, trying to convert some of the pro-suffrage votes to their side. But eventually their tactics failed, and the governor sent the required notification of the ratification to Washington, D.C.

And so on August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution became law, and women could vote in the fall elections, including in the Presidential election.

For more information see the source of the quote above here.  I always appreciated the fact that he voted for women’s right to vote because his Momma told him to!  How very Southern!

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