Women's March on Washington
The League is proud to partner with the Women's March on Washington, Saturday 21 January. As women and defenders of our democracy, there is more that unites us than divides us. We march for voting rights. We march to reform money in politics. We march for health care. We march for the environment. For those travelling to Washington, LWVUS will coordinate a meeting location in order to march as one group. Details will be forthcoming soon (check the LWVUS Facebook page).
Here in Dayton, our local League will join in a rally at Courthouse Square to support the March on Washington. We will also have a speaker participating. If you can't make it to Washington, please join us on 21 January at 1:00, at the corner of 3rd and Main Sts downtown. This will be a historic day that brings Americans together in the spirit of democracy, the same spirit that launched the League itself almost 100 years ago. Let's make our voices heard, and keep our priorities front-and-center!
Help Keep Democracy Working
Since Election Day, Leagues at all levels have seen an increase in potential volunteers and donors wanting to get involved in the League’s work. The following links from LWVUS provide some ideas for leveraging this interest and enthusiasm: Leveraging Post-Election Volunteer Interest, and 10 Ways You Can Help Defend Our Democracy. Please contact the LWVGDA office if any of these ideas spark your interest and you would like to get more involved. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization, and that means YOU!
Voter Advocates, State Officials Reassure Voters: Ohio Elections are Fair
Concerns about the potential for elections to be “rigged” have been raised in the context of the US Presidential campaign. Voter advocates including the League have reassured voters that Ohio’s election system is secure, and election officials of all political backgrounds – including Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted – have strenuously defended the integrity of our election system. These groups and public officials remind voters that Ohio has many layers of safeguards built into our voting process to make sure it is fair and accurate. "Don’t allow the naysayers to undermine your faith in democracy. Have your say by voting,” said Carrie Davis of the League of Women Voters of Ohio.
For more details read the Press Release issued on 18 October and the League's FAQ on Election Security; and visit the Election Protection website. See also this video from the Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted, explaining how our ballots are handled.
Voter Purge Update: Federal Court Ruling
Over 32,000 voters in Montgomery and Greene Counties were purged from the rolls last year alone, a process allowed by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to clear the databases of inactive voters. Visit this easy-to-use web portal to verify that you are still registered. Here are the complete listing of voters purged in Greene or Montgomery County.
17 Jan: Quarterly Social, 6:00 pm., Thai 9, 11 Brown St Dayton.
21 Jan: Rally in support of Women's March on Washington, 1 pm, Courthouse Square, downtown Dayton.
23 Jan: Future Focus Meeting, 6-9 pm, Goodwill Easter Seals Bldg, Main St. Dayton.
"The presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was; and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands.”
Lyndon B. Johnson