HARRISBURG, Pa.-- Pennsylvania's First Lady Frances Wolf marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment by telling women to get out the vote. Wolf called on women to register, check their registration status, request a mail-in ballot, or have questions about voter eligibility, by visiting votespa.com.
The deadline to register to vote is October 19, and the deadline to request a ballot by mail is October 27.
“In 2020, there are very few excuses not to get things done. Just this year, as the entire world grappled with a global pandemic, all of us found ways to adjust our work lives, educate our children and celebrate some of life’s biggest accomplishments such as weddings and new babies. Instead of finding excuses, we found solutions. We found ways to make things happen, and that is how we must approach the upcoming general election on November 3 – without excuses.
“August 26, 2020, marks 100 years since women were granted the right to vote, and while we celebrate this milestone, we must remember the journey of suffrage for women. We must remember that we stand on the extraordinary work, commitment and sacrifices of the suffragists who sought to ensure that women had equal voting rights. These women sacrificed their time, their families and often their freedom so that women had a voice in public life. Sadly, for women of color, this right did not come to fruition until as late as 1965. During these last 100 years women have gained strong footholds in the public sphere as well as in the professional world and these successes began with access to the ballot box.
“Since the ratification of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote, we have shown up in record numbers at the polls, eager to cast our votes for candidates who stood firmly with women, advocating for issues important to them. In fact, according to the Center for American Women in Politics, female voters have outnumbered male voters in every presidential election since 1980. There is power in our voice, and there is power in our vote.