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Youth Essay and Poster Contest Winners

Thank you to League members and supporters whose donations are funding contest prizes.The League of Women Voters of Montrose County, serving Montrose and Delta counties, (LWV) will be presenting awards to Alexandra (Alex) Waxler and Briar Cary, who wrote the winning essays for the LWV’S Essay and Poster Contest.  The contest, on the theme, Why It Is Important to Vote and What Voting Means to Me, was open to young people ages 16-21, highlighting the LWV’s emphasis on the importance of engaging young voters. 

The essay finalists will receive cash prizes in the amounts of $150.00 for first place and $125.00 for second place.  In addition, Briar Cary will be awarded $150 for the winning poster submission.  The prizes will be awarded on the steps of the Montrose County Court House, October 15, 2020 at 12:15 p.m.

Alex’s essay focused on the contrast between the freedom to vote in the United States compared to the manipulated “voting” in countries like North Korea and China.  She emphasizes that “Every voice deserves to be heard, especially in local elections.”
Briar’s essay notes that, “The United States is home to a diverse collective of people that hold a wide range of social, political, and economic statuses. Despite these differences, all votes are held at equal value.”

Alex is home-schooled; she will graduate this year and is now applying for colleges in Nebraska and Colorado.  Among her many activities, Alex leads a Sign Language Choir which uses American Sign Language to accompany current songs.  The choir regularly performs at the Montrose United Methodist Church and has recordings posted on Facebook and YouTube. Alex’s goal is to become a Special Education teacher.  As an 18-year-old, this is her first time to vote and she will complete her ballot and place it in the Drop Box at the Montrose County Court House.

Briar is a graduate of Montrose High School and is currently enrolled at California Polytechnic University at San Louis Obispo (Cal Poly), working on a degree in Industrial Engineering. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers at Cal Poly.  Briar has been a registered voter since 2017, and this will be the first time she will be voting in a presidential election.

This year, the LWV celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, by which American women won the right to vote. The LWV sponsored the contest to encourage young voters to register and exercise their right to vote.  The
 

LWV is grateful to the people who made the contest possible: members of the LWV and community supporters who contributed their time and funds.

For more information about how to register to vote see https://www.lwvmontrose.org  or Https://www.facebook.com/VoteMontrose

Vote by Alexandra Waxler          Voting Essay by Briar Cary 

        

 



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From www.annenbergclassroom.org – Please enjoy this video about the BIG ANNIVERSARY in 2020.
Voting is the most basic right of a citizen and the most important right in a democracy. When you vote, you are choosing the people who will make the laws. For almost a century and a half of our nation’s history, women were barred from exercising this fundamental right. This is a film about their long, difficult struggle to win the right to vote. It’s about citizenship, the power of the vote, and why women had to change the Constitution with the 19th Amendment to get the vote.



Women's Equality Day


August 26, 1920 is the 100th anniversary of the certification of the 19th amendment (often referred to as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment) to the U.S. Constitution that in a mere 39 words empowered women with the right to vote and to run for office: "The right of citizens of the united states to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

Thank you, thank you, Suffragists!!! "Votes for Women" – Your 72-year struggle gave us a voice!

Getting the amendment passed was no easy matter:

Following the Civil War, during the Reconstruction era, the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted, granting African American men the right to vote.  In 1890 Wyoming became the first state to grant women the right to vote, followed by Colorado in 1893.

In 1917, America entered World War I, and women aided the war effort in various capacities that helped break down most of the remaining opposition to woman suffrage. By 1918, while continuing to march during the Spanish Flu epidemic, women had acquired equal suffrage with men in 15 states, and both the Democratic and Republican parties openly endorsed female enfranchisement.

First introduced in congress in 1878, finally passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the amendment guaranteed the voices of American women would be heard by their local, state and national governments.

Colorado was the 22nd state to ratify on December 15, 1919. Unbelievably, the last nine states to ratify the amendment did so between 1941 and 1984! Our work is not complete.  Still today people who have the right to vote are often prevented from exercising it by the purging of voter rolls, requirement of voter-identification, gerrymandered voting districts, no early voting, few polling places, etc.

We should keep that in mind as we celebrate this historic anniversary!
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