Be a player, not a spectator

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, the 96th anniversary of the 19th amendment.

That amendment granted women the right to vote, ending a 72-year struggle for women’s suffrage. My great-grandmother marched for women’s suffrage. So did many of yours.

So on this day dedicated to the vote, be mindful that voting is both a privilege and an obligation of citizenship. The League of Women Voters, which grew out of the women’s suffrage movement, urges all citizens to register to vote, inform themselves about the issues, and prepare to cast their votes on November 8.

If you have a valid S. C. driver’s license or DMV ID, you can register online at, which also has information about Voter ID, how to locate your polling place and candidates (including county councils and school boards) who will be on the ballot in the place where you live and vote.

If you want to be informed, attend a candidate forum or follow local races in the newspaper and social media.

The survival of democracy depends on active and informed citizen participation in government. Be a player, not a spectator.

Holley Ulbrich


Co-president, League of Women Voters of the Clemson Area

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