Thursday, July 26, 2012

Is she going to talk about voting? Again? (soap box alert)

As you all know, I love the Women Suffrage Movement. Are you bored yet? I hope not. I try to keep it interesting. Maybe my giddy fascination with Susan B. Anthony, the 19th Amendment, Votes for Women postcards, et al, is enough for you to keep reading.

This post is also about my grandmother, Jacqueline Aileen Martin (nee Drew). My grandmother never learned how to drive. My mother, her eldest daughter, lived down the road & drove her many places. That is one of the reasons that my siblings & I were so close to Nanny. That's what we called her as kids, but it morphed to Gram once we got to high school.

She & my mother used to go grocery shopping every other Thursday morning. They usually went to the Super Shop 'N Save (now Hannaford) on Quaker Road in Queensbury. My younger sister would ride in Nanny's cart & I would ride with Mom. It was a sort of divide and conquer technique. If Heather & I were together we would keep badgering Mom until she couldn't take it anymore. It was easier to stay on budget (& more sane) to separate us. If we were lucky Nanny would buy us each a 25 cent box of animal crackers!

As I have mentioned before, I am helping my mother clean out my grandparents house. In it I have found some treasures to add to the Town of Greenwich collection. One is a pay receipt to my grandmother. Since it is dated 11/06/1975 I am guessing it was her pay for being an election inspector. That means she was an election inspector for 30 years, maybe more.


Election Inspectors earned $2.10 per hour in 1975

Town of Greenwich Supervisor Nelson's envelope
Primary season is fast approaching. Then will come the Presidential election, with some Senators, & all of the Reps too! No matter what your party affiliation, or lack there of... get out there & VOTE!
  • For all of the people who can't vote.
  • For all of the women who struggled for 72 years to vote.
  • For Blacks who were denied voting rights under Jim Crow.
  • For American Indians, many whom did not obtain equal suffrage until 1948.
  • For citizens that are denied the right to vote.

Root of Democracy stamp series- note the Election stamp

For more information on the history of voting in the US- http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/voting_rights_act_timeline20111222.pdf

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