LWVO Joins Early Voting Lawsuit

On 1 May 2014, the ACLU, on behalf of several parties, including the NAACP, LWVO , 3 predominantly African-American churches, a trade union PAC, and a local minister, filed a Federal lawsuit challenging the slashing of early voting hours by Ohio Secretary of State Husted and the Ohio Legislature. The suit alleges that S.B. 238 and Directive 2014-06 violated the right to vote of certain voters, predominantly African Americans, who voted in the 2012 general election during the times now eliminated. Specifically these are the week just prior to the close of voter registration, which allowed for simultaneous registration and voting; as well as Sunday and evening hours. The full Complaint chronicles these problems and the concerted efforts by both the legislature and Secretary Husted to target early voting.

Dayton League in the National Spotlight

The League of Women Voters Greater Dayton Area has been named a finalist for the LWVUS "Power: Our Voices, Our Votes" Award, for our high-impact visibility. Congratulations to our Membership & Leadership Development (MLD) team led by President Elect Patty Skilken, Committee Chair Gretchen Carter Moore, and Greene County Representative and regional MLD coach Janis James for making us one of 100 local Leagues to grow its membership by 10% or more. We have grown by over 18% in 2013, largely due to the new Quarterly Meetings which bring members and newcomers together to chat over dinner.

Our Public Relations team led by Susan Darcy with Peggy Berry (social media), Rita Peterson (website) and Nancy Brown (press releases) teamed with our MLD team to communicate the inspiring story of the suffragists and the founding of the League. They improved the website, revised the Linkedin Account, opened a Twitter Account and made sure our Facebook page gives a daily dose of history and League activity. The PR team created a database of local newspapers, community calendars, radio and television stations to promote our work. We also teamed with local cable TV to inform the public on issues of importance, and make a DVD on Voting Absentee.

Winners will be chosen by member vote on the LWVUS Website. Click the link, vote for our League, and read about other dynamic local Leagues and their inspiring accomplishments.

Agriculture Study Consensus

Members of the Agriculture Update Consensus Study committee of the League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area met with two representatives of the Ohio Farm Bureau on April 4th to gain the local farm community's perspective on the agriculture questions. The local consensus results will become part of the updated National League position on agriculture. The Dayton League is planning to have a program on these updated agriculture issues in April 2015.

LWVGDA meets with Farm Bureau
Left to right: Lane Osswald of the Farm Bureau; Leaguers Becky Kincaid, Rebecca Jarvi, and Kathy Turner; and Christy Montoya of the Farm Bureau.

About our League

The League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area (LWVGDA) is one of the first Leagues established in 1920 after passage of the 19th amendment, making it a proud and direct descendent of the women’s suffrage movement. Over 250 members strong, LWVGDA encompasses both Montgomery and Greene Counties, and is an active partner of the State of Ohio League and the League of Women Voters U.S. The League is nonpartisan, and neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate, but does take action on issues following careful study and member consensus. All women and men eligible to vote are invited to join League. It’s not just about having the right to vote, it’s about what we do with it.