By Emily Brainard, Army Flier StaffAugust 20, 2010
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Community members can commemorate women's accomplishments this Women's Equality Day, Aug. 26, on the 90th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.
Women's Equality Day activities run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Soldier Service Center atrium and include historical information, quizzes, door prizes, videos and a mini health fair, said Melissa Harry, Equal Employment Opportunity Office Special Emphasis Program manager.
A voting registration booth is also available for the first time this year.
"Voting is very important to our nation and it is election year, so we want to heighten awareness and get people to register to vote," she said.
Those wishing to sign up to cast their ballots will be provided necessary material for all 50 states, said Deborah Seimer, Human Resources director.
Officials encourage people to register early for absentee voting.
"If you want your voice heard, and if you don't take the time to vote, you don't have input," she said.
States begin mailing absentee ballots to citizens Sept. 27, Seimer noted, so being proactive is important.
"The goal is to have everybody who intends to vote in the Nov. 2 elections to be registered by Sept. 10," she said.
Documentation and identification required to register varies by state, but a driver's license is usually sufficient, Seimer said.
People may also find absentee forms online at www.fvap.gov. The Web site offers step-by-step instructions for individual states' residents.
For more Women's Equality Day event information, contact Harry at 255-2061. For more voting information, contact Seimer at 255-0580.