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EmpressPixie's avatar

What day, exactly, did women get the right to vote?

Asked by EmpressPixie (14735points) August 29th, 2008

Wikipedia is saying it was ratified August 26, but McCain and Palin keep referencing today as the anniversary. Who is right? Are they both right?

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dalepetrie's avatar

All the media reports leading up to the DNC said it was 8/26, they made a big brouhaha out of it at the DNC on the 26th. No one until now has challenged this. I think they may have made their first gaffe as a Republican ticket.

EmpressPixie's avatar

In the US! Voting in the US!

EmpressPixie's avatar

I want to check transcripts when they go up to make sure I didn’t hear them wrong, but it sounded like they were calling today the anniversary. I figured it could be that it was ratified on one day but something-elsed today too. Didn’t see any hint though.

also, I realize Dale answered appropriately, I was typing my clarification as he answered and didn’t see it yet

JackAdams's avatar

The Nineteenth Amendment was specifically intended to extend suffrage to women. It was proposed on June 4, 1919 and ratified on August 18, 1920.

So 8–18 is the date.

August 29, 2008, 1:09 PM EDT

EmpressPixie's avatar

The ratification was certified on the 26th, which is where the 26th stuff is coming from. I would consider the 18th or 26th legit.

cyndyh's avatar

The 26th is “Women’s Equality Day” in the US because that’s when the Nineteenth Amendment became law. There were states that allowed women to vote before that. I’m not sure when women were able to cast their first vote in a national election, though. Could that be the case they’re referring to or am I giving too much benefit of the doubt?

Darknymph's avatar

The 26th I think is for the civil rights movement but I may be wrong.

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