Do you know who Lila Cockrell, Julia Scott Reed or Juanita Craft are? They are just three of the valiant Texas women who were leaders in the fight for voting rights and are highlighted in our #CountHerIn campaign. It’s been 100 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment, but the battle for women’s equality at the ballot box and beyond continues to be waged.
November 3 is Election Day where we will be selecting leaders at the local, state and federal levels. Make sure you’re registered in time to exercise your right to vote that was fought for so many years ago. The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming election is October 5. For more information about eligibility and how to register, visit www.usa.gov/register-to-vote.
Another way to get engaged in advancing democracy is to consider serving as an Election Day poll worker. According to Ellen Weintraub from Federal Elections Commission and Kenneth Hersch, CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, shortages of poll workers are a leading cause of longer lines for voting and closing polling places. The ongoing pandemic has escalated the need for poll workers for the Presidential election. To learn more about being a poll worker, training and helping at the polls, visit www.powerthepolls.org.
Early voting starts October 13, so make your plans now to make sure your voice is counted! Thank you for sharing in our message to advocate for a more equitable society where women and girls are full participants. And don’t forget to vote!