Women’s Groups commemorate Idaho suffrage with voter information effort

Posted at 7:39 AM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 09:39:32-04

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho women’s groups will commemorate the state’s leading role in giving women the right to vote with a statewide Get Out The Vote on Saturday, November 2, from Noon- 4:00 pm.

Since Election Day is November 5, these groups will offer voter registration information and polling place information. The sites in Southwest Idaho for voter information will include the following local libraries: Ada County, Boise (downtown), Eagle, Garden City, Kuna, Meridian, Mountain Home, as well as Roots Zero Waste Market in Garden City and the Star Merc.

Throughout Idaho many women will be in period costumes and all will wear traditional “Votes for Women” sashes honoring the valiant Idaho suffragists who came before them. The Idaho Women’s Right to Suffrage was approved on the November 3, 1896, Idaho ballot, twenty-four years before national women’s suffrage was granted by the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.

Idaho can be proud that its courageous past. It was the fourth state to give women the right to vote. Idaho, and the western states of Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and Washington, led the country in the effort of women’s suffrage.

Come and commemorate Idaho suffrage with the American Association of University Women, Daughters of the American Revolution, GFWC Boise Columbian Club and the League of Women Voters of Idaho. They are part of Idaho Women 100, which is coordinating centennial suffrage events in Idaho now through 2020.