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On Feb. 9, 2020, New Jersey will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Garden State’s adoption of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Amendment, which barred discrimination in voting “by the United States or by any state on account of sex,” was finally ratified to the federal Constitution by a single-vote margin in the Tennessee legislature on August 18, 1920, eight months after New Jersey’s assent. That final passage completed the necessary ratification “by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states” as required under Article V of the United States Constitution, thereby giving women the full and unfettered equal right to vote nationwide.

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