Commemorate the Women’s Vote Centennial in 2020 with

THE VOTE

WFSU premieres a new AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentary that explores the arduous battle that finally led to the passage of the 19th amendment and examines modern voting rights in the Sunshine State.

In this photo: women cheer during a Democratic presidential rally. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky/2008)

THE VOTE - AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote, on WFSU-TV, tells the dramatic story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote.

History in Color

View historical photos in color. Compare them side by side with their black and white counterparts.

360° Video

The WFSU Public Media team created a 360° video of the Rightfully Hers Women's Suffrage exhibit at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum. Explore the exhibit with Director of Research and Programming, Rachel Porter.

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The Fight To Vote
Part 1: Florida Felons Battle For Re-Enfranchisement

Voter registration advocates are rushing to register new voters in the run-up to the August primary and November presidential election. In Florida, the effort has been slowed as the state fights a lawsuit over whether felons have to repay fines and fees before they can vote. This story, the first in a four-part series, examines the implications of Florida’s Amendment 4, and the ongoing battle over felon voting rights. (Image: J. Pat Carter / Associated Press)

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Florida Historic Capitol Exhibit Honors Suffrage Movement

“Rightfully Hers” is an exhibit at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum exploring the history of the women’s suffrage movement. Museum staff and Florida Senator Lauren Book speak with WFSU Public Media about the development of the exhibit and the stories behind the objects on display.

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WOMEN & THE VOTE: A Discussion

Who were the fierce women who never gave up in the fight for the vote, and what role did black women play in particular?

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote — a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.

The screening that will feature the 1913 parade in Washington, D.C. that marked a change in tactics to gain the vote. We'll watch clips from the American Experience special as well as locally produced segments, plus engage in a lively discussion.

Our panelists include Dr. Ashley Preston, Lecturer of African American Studies, University of Florida, Tiffany Baker, Museum Director, Florida Historic Capitol Museum, Lynn Hatter, News Director, WFSU Public Media and Suzanne Smith, Executive Producer, WFSU Public Media.

 
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Voting Rights Now and Then - A Facebook Live Discussion

In 1920, women were fighting society for the right to cast a ballot. It has been 100 years since the movement, yet in 2020 controversy still exists over voting rights. View the discussion that took place live on Facebook, July 6, 2020.

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The Fight To Vote
Part 2: History Of Florida's Voter Disenfranchisement

Opponents of the Florida law requiring felons to repay fines, fees and restitution have argued from the start that it’s a poll tax, something banned by the U.S. Constitution. That argument has its roots in the 24th amendment which stopped governments from charging people to vote. In Florida, the people most affected by the law are Black and brown. But voter disenfranchisement wasn’t always considered a racist policy. (Image: Tallahassee Democrat / Florida Memory)

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Women in Politics - Jeanette Nuñez

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, WFSU-TV spoke with Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez to reflect on the topic.

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The Fight To Vote Part 3:
Court Hands State A Reprieve In Felon Voting Case

After years of voter disenfranchisement, Floridians had finally had enough. In 2018 state voters approved a constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to most felons. The legislature attempted to stymie that effort by passing a state law requiring them to repay fines, fees, and restitution. A lawsuit ensued (Image: Wilfredo Lee / AP file)...

Women in Politics - Anitere Flores

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, WFSU-TV spoke with Florida Senator Anitere Flores to reflect on the topic.

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The Fight To Vote Part 4: The Disenfranchisement Of Women

A hundred years after women earned the right to vote, they’re now the fastest-growing group of people losing it. Part four of our series examining felon disenfranchisement looks at how and why women are being incarcerated in record numbers, and how Black women are affected in particular.

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League of Women Voters Centennial Birthday Celebration

To commemorate the league's national 100-year anniversary, The League of Women Voters of Tallahassee hosted a 100-year birthday celebration at the top of the Florida State Capitol. This celebration also serves to mark the centennial of women's suffrage.

In the News

The latest local and state elections news from the WFSU News team.
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Governor DeSantis Pushes For Florida Election Changes

Mon, February 22, 2021 - Contending the state needs to strengthen election integrity, Gov. Ron DeSantis is proposing a series of changes in Florida’s voting process. He made the announcement three months after proclaiming that Florida had vanquished the “ghost” of the 2000 presidential recount and other well-documented election problems.

Warnings About Violent Protests At State Capitols Fail To Pan Out In Tallahassee

Sun, January 17, 2021 - Warnings about violent protests at state capitols Sunday did not pan out in Tallahassee amid heightened security and increased law enforcement presence. Florida’s capitol grounds mostly saw journalists roaming about, and the occasional tourist and residents taking photos of the historic capitol building.

Democrats Elect Diaz As New Party Chairman

Sat, January 9, 2021 - After crushing defeats in the November elections, Florida Democrats on Saturday selected former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz to take over as chairman of the state party.

Florida Lawmakers React As Trump Supporters Storm Capitol Building Impeding Electoral Vote Count

Wed, January 6, 2021 - Federal and state lawmakers are condemning the actions of a mob of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol Wednesday afternoon causing a halt in Congress' electoral vote count.

Florida Electors Cast Votes For Trump, Biden's Victory Cemented After Surpassing 270 Nationally

Mon, December 14, 2020 - Florida’s Presidential Electors met Monday, as did their counterparts from all other 49 states in the nation, to officially cast their votes for the 2020 election.

Florida Attorney General Backs Texas In Challenging Election Results In 4 States

Thu, December 10, 2020 - Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody on Wednesday joined 16 other states in backing a last-chance effort by Texas to get the U.S. Supreme Court to block election results in four swing states where the vote went in favor of President-elect Joe Biden.

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