It's been 100 years since women's suffrage was signed into law in New York State, three years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment. To celebrate, the Governor's office has created three commemorative "I Voted" stickers starring suffragettes, and they're encouraging New Yorkers to vote for their favorite before this year's election on November 7th. Of course, NYC has its own "I Voted" sticker, but what would de Blasio and Cuomo's New York be without a little competition between city and state?
The stickers are spearheaded by the state's new Women's Suffrage Commission, which is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. The commission plans to roll out suffragette-centric programs and initiatives until the 19th amendment's centennial in 2020, but before that big anniversary is the one for November 6th, 1917—that election day, thanks to local suffragettes like Carrie Chapman Catt, the women's right to vote in New York was on the ballot and eventually won approval statewide.
New York wasn't the first state to grant women the right to vote—13 other states had previously given women the vote, starting with Wyoming (then a territory) in 1869. But the state has long considered itself the birthplace of women's suffrage, since the first women's rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848.
Anyway, here are the stickers:
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 25, 2017
You can vote for your favorite on the state government's website, though note that it's unclear whether or not these will be available in the city on Election Day—county boards of election individually decide whether or not to hand out stickers, and we have our own. We reached out to the city's Board of Elections to find out if we'll get the suffragette stickers and will update when we hear back.