Voting: A Heritage and a Privilege

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– File photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

Voting may seem a bit different this election with new locations and tough screen voting. The difficulties and challenges of this election are nothing compared to the struggle women waged to gain the right to vote. 

This is the centennial year of women finally gaining the right to vote. It was Aug. 18, 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified and women gained the right to vote throughout the United States. Interestingly, in Wyoming women had had that right for 50 years (and you may have thought it was a “backward” state). In fact, it was the western states that lead the way in extending the right to vote to women (perhaps in an area where everyone has to work hard and together to survive, women’s contributions were more readily valued).

If you are like many of us and enjoy exercising your franchise in person, here in Monrovia there are three voting locations:

Monrovia Community Center
119 W. Palm Ave.
Kay Dalton Room
Feb. 29 – March 2: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
March 3: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Monrovia Public Library
321 S. Myrtle Ave.
Community Room
Feb. 29 – March 2: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
March 3: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Second Baptist Church
925 S. Shamrock Ave.
Godfrey Baily Hall
Feb. 29 – March 2: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
March 3: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Calvary Grace Church
2520 Peck Road
Fellowship Hall
Feb. 22 – March 2: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
March 3: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Remember you are not limited to voting at a local precinct. Voters can go to any location anywhere in the county. I know it seems strange. Frankly, I will miss visiting with the Maryknoll Nuns when I go to vote, but perhaps I can find a good book at the library instead. To find the nearest vote center to your home, office or school, you can visit the County’s “Find Your Vote Center” page.

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