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August 18, 2020

Statement of ABA President Patricia Lee Refo Re: 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2020 – Today marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed and protected women’s right to vote, enabling them to fully participate in American democracy. This anniversary reminds us that the struggle to ensure voting rights for all Americans continues and that our voting rights should never be taken for granted.

Voting is a fundamental right and privilege of democracy. As we look toward a general election complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, the American Bar Association is committed to ensuring that every citizen of this country who is eligible to vote has a safe and fair opportunity to cast their ballot.


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