The Daughters of The American Revolution’s Mt. Ariel Chapter, chartered in Hodges, SC, will be registering voters at the Greenwood County Library during Constitution Week. Representatives of the women’s organization will be at the library to answer questions and help with registering voters Wednesday, September 18 from 3:00 PM -7:00PM and Friday, September 20 from 10:00 AM -1:00PM in the Veterans Auditorium on the first floor. All residents age 18 years old and older who have not yet registered to vote in Greenwood County are urged to attend. The first election related to the 2020 presidential primary race will be in February 2020, and voters must have been registered at least 30 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote.
This year, 2019, marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, giving women the right to vote. 2020 will mark the one hundredth anniversary of women casting the first vote, and DAR’s Mt. Ariel Chapter believes that registering voters is one of the best ways to meet the organization's goals of Education and Patriotism.
In addition to registering residents of Greenwood County as voters, there will be a display featuring an authentic Suffrage-era dress and information about the Women’s Suffrage Movement of the early twentieth century. The Suffragette Display will be moved to the Genealogy Room of the Greenwood County Library and will be displayed there until September 26.
According to DAR.org, “The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.” The Mt. Ariel Chapter will also be distributing American Flags and bookmarks featuring the constitution at a local elementary school September 17, Constitution Day.