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Secretary of State Mollis to Celebrate Women's Suffrage Anniversary at Woonsocket High School Wednesday

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis will mark the 91st anniversary of R.I. women winning the right to vote by bringing the original 1920 law that made it legal to Woonsocket High School Wed., April 13, at 8:30 a.m.

Hundreds of students are expected to pack the school’s auditorium to hear Mollis use the examples of women’s suffrage to talk about the importance of registering to vote and serving their community. He will also take questions from the students.

To demonstrate how far women have come since Rhode Island's version of the 19th amendment was signed into law April 22, 1920, Mollis also will bring the document personally signed by Hillary Clinton that officially declared her intention to run in Rhode Island’s 2008 Presidential Primary.

Mollis will combine the history lesson with a voter registration drive. He plans to register voters at every Rhode Island high school and college leading up to the 2012 elections.

Secretary of State Mollis is committed to making it easier for Rhode Islanders to vote, helping businesses grow and making government more open and accessible. For more information about the programs and services the Secretary of State offers Rhode Islanders, visit


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  • Release date: 04-11-2011

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