On February 12, 1870, the Utah Territorial Legislature voted to give women the right to vote, 50 years before this right was recognized federally. Two days later, on February 14, 1870, Seraph Young became the first woman in Utah and the modern nation to cast a ballot.
Rep. Melissa Garff Ballard is running a resolution (currently unnumbered) called House Concurrent Resolution Designating Utah Women’s Voter Registration Day, which calls for the designation of February 12th as Utah Women’s Voter Registration Day in commemoration women’s victory in 1870.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Here are two ways to celebrate the 149th anniversary of the first woman to vote in Utah:
- Attend Rep. Ballard’s commemoration of this great date in history at State Capitol on Tuesday, February 14th at 11:30a in the House and at 2:15p in the Senate during the floor session. Sit in the gallery overlooking the either chamber to show your support. (Please note: this event was originally scheduled for Feb 12th and has been moved to Feb 14.)
- Celebrate with the Women’s State Legislative Council and Better Days 2020 on February 14th from 12-1:30 in the Senate Building’s Aspen Room at the Utah State Capitol. Legislators will be speaking about women’s issues. Refreshments will be served. Find event information here. Find the room location here.
Find information about driving to and parking at the State Capitol here.