Friday marks the 223rd anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. On Sept. 17, 1787, 42 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting to sign the Constitution of the United States of America. The delegates had been meeting almost daily to revise the Articles of Confederation, although they quickly saw the need for a new document that became known as the Constitution.
To celebrate our Constitution, the League of Women Voters of Virginia (LWV) is marking this milestone by finding new ways to engage voters and encourage active citizenship.
“I challenge anyone who has not yet registered to vote to celebrate Constitution Day by doing so,” said Virginia LWV President Olga Hernandez, “With all the important issues facing Virginia and our country, it is upon all of us to get involved and keep our democracy strong and truly representative of the people.”
Nationally, the League has served tens of millions of voters, many of them young people and first-time voters, through its award-winning nonpartisan election resource, www.VOTE411.org. The site features a voter registration tool, a unique nationwide polling place locator, and localized nonpartisan candidate information.
"People may get swept up by national issues, yet the outcome of local elections have a direct and immediate bearing on our day-to-day lives,” said Tacy Newell-Foutz, a member of the local LWV chapter. She reminds voters that every vote, in every election, matters.
“This year is the League’s 90th anniversary, and what better time than Constitution Day to reflect on and celebrate the League’s rich history of making democracy work for all,” said Hernandez. “On this Constitution Day, we are looking ahead to the future – to ensuring that the freedoms afforded to us in the Constitution are protected and that all citizens know the importance of exercising their right to vote this fall.”
“Join League members from across Virginia who have rolled up their sleeves to connect citizens and government, foster civil discourse and strengthen our democracy. Constitution Day serves as an important reminder of the importance of that work, and inspires us to keep working at it to ensure that our communities are healthy, vibrant and strong,” Hernandez said.