Congratulations League and Ohio Voters!
A three-judge federal panel unanimously ruled Friday that Ohio’s gerrymandered congressional district map is unconstitutional, and ordered the creation of a new map in time for the 2020 election. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, on behalf of the League of Women voters and others, filed the suit a year ago to move up the timetable for congressional redistricting reform. “This ruling is a victory for every Ohio voter, because a fair congressional map before 2020 means a stronger democracy for the Buckeye State," said Jen Miller, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio. Read more.
Call for Volunteers: Dayton's Great Adventure Race
The League will be a stop on this year's Great Adventure Race, Saturday 1 June from 2 - 6 p.m. The Race is a scavenger hunt through downtown Dayton, sponsored by the Downtown Dayton Partnership, DP&L, KEy-Ads, WHIO-TV and Channel 999. This year's event is expected to draw 300-500 participants, making it a great way to introduce new people to the League and to raise awareness of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
We need volunteers to staff the League office and ask race participants a suffrage-related trivia question and certify their answer sheet. If you can help, please call the office, 937-228-4041.
Let the Women Vote
In celebration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote, the Speakers Bureau of the Greater Dayton League of Women Voters is offering a program entitled Let the Women Vote: The Long Quest for Suffrage.
This program is available for groups, clubs and organizations throughout Montgomery and Greene County and covers the suffragist movement from Seneca Falls, New York to Dayton, Ohio. Presentation is free to the public. To schedule a program contact the League at 937-228-4041 or email@example.com.
The Census counts. So do you.This month, the Supreme Court heard cases challenging the Commerce Secretary’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. This question has been controversial and is expected to have a chilling impact on Census participation, particularly in hard-to-count communities. April 1, 2020, marks the kickoff of the 2020 Census. This process of counting will ensure that the political power, health, and safety of every community is maintained or enhanced in the upcoming decade.
By the Census Bureau’s own analysis, the citizenship question would stop around 6.5 million people from participating. Three federal judges have already agreed that the decision to add it was unlawful. Now, we hope that the U.S. Supreme Court will come to the same conclusion. Let’s show the power of our communities and fight for representation and the resources we need. Help us make sure everyone is counted next year, without exception, and that our voices are heard. Sign the #CountMeIn pledge.
13 May: Board Meeting, 5:45 pm, League Office
14 May: LWV Reading Series: Fly Girls, 6:30 pm, Wheat Penny Restaurant,Dayton
21 May: Annual Meeting, 5:30 pm, Top of the Market, Dayton
"My belief in the growth and permanence of democracy is undimmed. I know that the people will cast off the new dictatorship as they did the old. I believe as firmly as in my youth that humanity will surmount the era of poverty and war. Life will be happier and more beautiful for all."