Saturday, November 14, 2020

Things you didn’t know about the 19th amendment | E-Neighborhood Advisor


On August 26, 2020, we celebrated the 100th
anniversary of women getting the right vote
when the 19th amendment to the U.S.
Constitution took effect. At a time of year when
we’re all going to polls, it’s important to
remember that is wasn’t all that long ago that
not everyone enjoyed the privilege. Check out
these facts from Trivia Today.

Single Women in New Jersey Could Vote in
1797 New Jersey single women were
temporarily able to vote because of their state
constitution, which was vague and said those
worth 50 pounds were eligible to vote. For 10
years, unmarried women voted in New Jersey,
but married women couldn’t because their
husbands were in control of all of the property
in the family, so those women were technically
worth zero. The New Jersey Assembly
changed the law in 1807 by restricting voting to
free white males who were 21 or over, citizens
of the state and who paid taxes.

A Proposed 19th Amendment Was Defeated
in 1878 An amendment proposed by Arlen
Sargent, a California Senator, was debated on
January 10, 1878, with the support of Susan B.
Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Although
hearings were held, several of the committee
members ignored the proceedings by staring
into space or reading as the debate continued.
The bill was reintroduced each year for 41
years before it finally passed.

The States Had Different Voting Rights
Before 1920 In January 1919, there were 15
states that allowed women to vote. Twenty-one
states barred women from voting such as
Texas, which only allowed females to vote in
primaries. The other 21 states did not allow
women to vote at all.

Millions of Women Received Voting Rights
Shortly after the 19th Amendment was ratified,
10 million women became eligible to vote. A
legal scholar at that time, Akhil Reed Amar,
said the volume of new voters made it the
largest democratizing event in the history of the
United States. These new voters took their
place alongside millions from 15 other states
and the Alaskan Territory where voting by
females was allowed.

A Missouri Woman Is Credited as Being the
First to Vote Under the Amendment
Although many women have been said to have
voted first after the passage of the 19th
Amendment, Mrs. Marie Ruoff Bynum, a
Hannibal, Missouri, resident, is often credited
with that honor. Although Mrs. Bynum and her
husband lived about 15 blocks from the polling
place, they walked there in drizzling rain and
she registered and voted. The polling book with
Mrs. Bynum’s signature is in Jefferson City,
housed in the state archives.

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P.S. Here's a joke for you!
Where do polar bears vote?
The North Pole!

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