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The Election of 1920: Danbury and Connecticut

As the first national political election to ever permit the votes of women, the election of 1920 was a milestone for the men and women that had been working for women’s suffrage since the founding of the country.  Following Connecticut’s ratification of the 19th Amendment, voting registrars all over the state scrambled to register women and new voters just weeks before the election.  Participation of voters on became so immense the Election Day was established a national holiday for the Election of 1920.  Come Election Day, the streets of Connecticut bustled with the heels and hats of thousands of women ready to exercise their new right to influence politics through voting.  Voter rolls filled quickly with names of women who had waited many years to stand before a ballot which they could cast as their own, such as Elizabeth Hyslop who was 80 years old when she cast the first ballot in the Danbury election of 1920.  Participation in the election went beyond the traditional candidate and voter, with artists and writers joining in on the momentous occasion.  Even a powerful rain storm with tyrannical winds could not stop voters in Danbury from making the election of 1920 the election of the century.

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