Vote once. Vote twice. And vote three times in 2020.
That’s how many elections Denver will see, as will every county in the state of Colorado.
First is March 3 – Super Tuesday – in which voters will cast their ballots for their party favorites. Then there is the June 30 primary election, to address each party’s candidates for municipal, county and statewide offices. Finally, there’s The Big One on Nov. 3, where we will select winners of the primary in June, along with judicial nominees and ballot measures.
But there are also a lot of programs being held in Denver, putting everyone in the spirit of voting. Last June, the Colorado Women’s Vote Centennial Commission was formed to create a centennial commemoration of the passage of the 19th Amendment. The commission was established by executive order by Colorado’s former governor, John Hickenlooper. Many of the 25 commissioners have served the state, though there also are members of the community; they are listed in the executive order – Hickenlooper’s final executive order. The commission has created what they call The Collaborative, which lists numerous events.
Among the events that have popped up so far this year is a series of four sessions on “Women’s Suffrage: How Colorado Women Led the Nation to the Vote.” (After all, Colorado OK’d the vote for women in 1893.) The series begins on March 23, and is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Colorado and History Colorado. The events are capped by a Women’s Suffrage Bus Tour on April 25. The series is part of the Enrichment Program in University College at the University of Denver.
Numerous organizations have become involved in other programs, including the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, Colorado Encyclopedia, Molly Brown House, and Territorial Daughters of Colorado.
And the commission’s collaborative wing has created a list of events around the state, focusing on women’s suffrage.
For example, Denver’s Byers-Evans House Museum is home to the Center for Colorado Women’s History, offering the exhibition “Women/Work/Justice”; it ends in March. And the Molly Brown House will feature “Fierce Foremothers, Steadfast Suffragists,” opening on May 7 as the home’s 2020 summer exhibition.
The first three links deal with the upcoming elections through 2020. Then, there are links to information on the commission and the list of commissioners, The Collaborative, and to two programs at DU’s Enrichment Program (the series and the bus tour).
We know there will be more and more, but the most important thing of all is to vote. Vote for your country and your state, and vote for you.