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Anacortes History

  1. Suffragists swarm City's registrar of voters (1910)

    November 15, 2022, All Day

    In the general election of Nov. 8, 1910, the men of Washington State voted to approve women’s suffrage by a “handsome majority,” the Anacortes American reported). Seven days later, the enthusiasm of the women of Anacortes caught the City Clerk unprepared when they began to arrive in droves to register to vote in the Dec. 6 City election. By the end of the day, 320 women had registered. The American described the scene: “A great surprise was sprung on the citizens of Anacortes Tuesday when the word was passed around that the women of Anacortes were about to register, it being the last day that the clerk's books would be open for registration... At one time there were ninety women in the room and in the hallway, waiting for their turn to register as they arrived on foot, in carriages, automobiles and every other mode of conveyance known to the human race.”

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