I League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area

The Electoral College

What is it? Why do we have it? Do we need it any longer?

The Electoral College is a puzzling system that often has people scratching their heads about how it works and why we use it. The presentation below presents a brief history of the Electoral College, a discussion of its impact on our democracy, and a plan for change. The presenter is Karen Glennemeier of the League of Women Voters of Wilmette, IL. Karen is part of a regional League committee that has been studying the Electoral College and working toward its abolition since the last presidential election.

Voter registration rate increase

According to data posted on the Ohio Secretary of State website on 28 September, voter registration rates have increased by 2 percent since November 2016. Over 8 million people are now registered to vote in Ohio, a number expected to rise substantially after inclusion of registrations collected after that date, especially on National Voter Registration Day. Thanks to the many League volunteers who have been tirelessly registering voters across the state at venues from fairs and supermarkets, to houses of worship, community centers, high schools, and university campuses. Despite the encouraging numbers, we still need to increase registration among the 18-24 age group.

League members register voters
Dayton Area League members registering voters in August.