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 the 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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Mulling Future Senate President Run, Manny Diaz Reflects On Election, Talks 2021 Priorities

Mon, November 16, 2020 - On the eve of the Florida legislature’s organizational session, influential Republican Senator Manny Diaz talked about COVID-19 protocols, the 2020 election, and more. He’s also eyeing a key leadership position down the road.

Georgia Runoffs Sending Florida Pols Flocking North

Sat, November 14, 2020 - Florida politicos are crossing over into Georgia as that state faces a critical runoff in two U.S. Senate races. Those seats could decide the fate of the Senate—and Republicans and Democrats are battling to get their candidates across the finish line. The fight over Georgia, coupled with Florida’s relatively low profile at the moment, is raising a question: is Georgia, the new Florida?

GA Senate Runoffs Could Decide Fate Of Affordable Care Act

Wed, November 11, 2020 - When Georgia voters pick the winners of two U.S. Senate runoffs in January, they’ll likely be deciding the face of the Affordable Care Act.Control of the chamber could matter more than what the U.S. Supreme Court says about whether Obamacare is unconstitutional.

Why Georgia Has Runoffs For General Elections

Tue, November 10, 2020 - Like many laws around elections in Georgia, the runoff rule — which has the power balance in the U.S. Senate on hold until Jan. 5 — was laced with racism.

Biden Supporters Celebrate In Solid Red Florida Panhandle County

Mon, November 9, 2020 - President-elect Joe Biden’s calls for civility and unity were echoed at a victory party in Panama City four days after vote counting began on election night.

Voting With Peers Helped Keep Turnout Strong In Bay County

Sun, November 8, 2020 - Some voters went with their immediate family members to the polls, and community block parties encouraged hundreds of Panama City residents to cast their ballots early.

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