Mark 19th Amendment Milestone By Voting

Aug. 10, 2020

Editor, The News-Gazette:

I am writing in celebration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. Aug. 26 marks the date of the formal adoption of the 19th amendment to the Constitution. In an important election year such as this, we have all the more reason to celebrate this historic milestone.

I believe that Election Day is an even more important celebration of America than is the Fourth of July. By participating in our elections, we are celebrating the founding idea that the governed should choose their government. The 19th amendment finally allowed women citizens to participate fully in their democracy.

Thankfully, this year Virginians have more than one option for voting, and just in time too, given that we are in the midst of a pandemic!

Options for voting are:

1. We can vote on Nov. 3 at our polling place.

2. We can vote early, in person, at our registrar’s office anytime they are open, starting on Sept. 18 up until Oct. 31. (Rockbridge County registrar’s office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 5 p.m. The Lexington registrar’s office hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m.

3. We can also request an absentee ballot and mail our vote in. To request a ballot, go online or call and talk with the registrar. (Rockbridge registrar’s number is 463-7203 and Lexington’s is 462-3706.) Just be sure to mail your ballot early enough for it to be postmarked on or before Nov. 3.


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