As the United States election season gets into full swing, we are reminded that voting is both a privilege and a sacred duty, hard won first by the American revolutionaries, then by Black men, and finally, in 1919, by women.
1919 also saw the birth of two other organizations that are still thriving to this day – The League of Women Voters (LWV) and Cabot Creamery Co-operative. For many years, Cabot has been proud to sponsor LWV events around the country that encourage voter registration and participation.
The farm families who own Cabot Creamery Co-operative know the importance of the words “one person, one vote.” As a dairy cooperative, this principle is at work every day. Each coop member has equal input in the decision-making process of the cooperative. Being part of a cooperative means Cabot farmers know the value and importance of working for the good of their organization. What’s good for one is good for all. This means actively participating in the governance of the coop. This same principle applies to voting in local, state and national elections. That is why Cabot has supported the activities of the League of Woman Voters in their important work for over a decade.
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that was created not only to encourage informed participation in government but also to increase understanding of major governmental policy issues, nationally and locally. Their mission is both succinct and powerful: “Empowering voters. Defending democracy.”
During this critical election year LWV has initiated Vote411, a one-stop shop for non-partisan election information. Want to register to vote? Vote411 can tell you exactly where and how to do it, anywhere in the country. They’ll tell you where your polling place is and how to vote by mail. Not sure of the candidates or issues on your local ballot? Vote411 has the 411.
In addition to voting information, The League of Women Voters works to promote social and economic justice as well as the health and safety of all Americans to defend democracy. You can visit their website for information about health care reform, the environment, immigration policies and the Census.
We invite you to join LWV and Cabot to celebrate these important days in the lead up to the 2020 elections on November 3, by clicking on the links below.
August 26 – Women’s Equality Day – Honoring a woman’s right to vote and those who sacrificed so much to make it possible.
September 22- National Voter Registration Day – Have you registered to vote? Click on the link to get started and pass the information on to your friends. Here’s a handy checklist if you’re voting for the first time!
October 24- Vote Early Day – Just enter your state to find out how you can vote early.
See you at the polls!
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. ~19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, ratified on August 18, 1920.