Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

LEAGUE  REGISTERS NEW VOTERS 

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS WELCOME LWV  VOLUNTEERS 

League of Women Voters of Licking County President Rita Kipp recently addressed approximately 300 students at Watkins Memorial High School as part of a voter registration effort. Kipp asked students to think about why voting matters to them to elicit the issues they care about, adding, “We vote for candidates who share our sense of what matters, who share our values and perspectives on important issues.”  League volunteers then distributed voter registration forms and pens, helped students who had questions, and checked each completed form before delivering them to the Licking County Board of Elections.

Interested in hosting a League speaker at your school or upcoming event? Contact us at: lwvlickingcounty@gmail.com

FEBRUARY 14: LEAGUE  OF WOMEN VOTERS DAY

CELEBRATING THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE CREATION OF THE LEAGUE

 

“League of Women Voters Day is celebrated on February 14 — the anniversary of the creation of one of the most powerful voices in the women’s suffrage movement and voters’ rights advocacy in the United States. On this day, we celebrate the impact and achievements of the League of Women Voters, which has existed for more than 100 years. Although it was initially created to campaign for women’s suffrage, educate women about the election process, and lobby for legislation affecting women, the League of Women Voters has had a tremendous impact in increasing overall voter access and education for women in the United States. No discussion of the political history of the United States can be complete without mentioning League of Women Voters Day.”  — excerpt from NationalToday.com

Denison bioreserve solar array
Ground-mounted solar array in Denison University BioReserve

GRANVILLE PASSES NEW SOLAR ORDINANCE

LEAGUE SUPPORTS REMOVAL OF OVERLY- RESTRICTIVE LANGUAGE FROM FINAL RULES

Thanks, in part, to concerns raised by LWV of Licking County members, the Village of Granville revised its proposed solar ordinance to remove language that would have prohibited solar arrays on many homes and businesses. The original language would have prohibited the installation of solar energy systems on one-story structures and limited use of ground-mounted solar arrays. The League applauds the Village for incorporating the concerns of community members and League leaders into Ordinance 16-2022.

Related articles:
Newark Advocate: Granville Village Council approves revised solar ordinance

Yahoo! News article: Granville residents hope village’s new solar ordinance more receptive to panels

PV Magazine: Ohio town to retool solar restrictions after community advocacy

Read the League’s letter to Village Council

LEAGUE CRITICAL OF ANTI-DENISON VOTING AD

BOARD MEMBERS CRITIQUE MISLEADING & INACCURATE INFORMATION 

In response to a misleading ad in the Newark Advocate and Granville Sentinel, the League of Women Voters of Licking County authored a Letter to the Editor critiquing the anti-school levy group’s claims. 

 
The Ohio Voter Rights Coalition  has asked the Ohio Secretary of State’s Public Integrity Division to investigate the organization behind these potential voter suppression tactics. 
 
Related articles: 

LWV PRESIDENT AUTHORS NEWARK ADVOCATE GUEST COLUMN

WHY I BELIEVE LICKING COUNTY ELECTIONS ARE SECURE

“I have been a poll worker, officially a Precinct Election Official (PEO), for several years. This is why I am confident that our elections are secure. I have set up the voting machines and then packed them away, and between those bookends, worked at the polls from 5:30 a.m. until after 7:30 p.m. This is what I have learned…”

 
Voter Registration crew

VOTER REGISTRATION 

LEAGUE ACTIVE AT LOCAL EVENTS

Volunteers with the League of Women Voters of Licking County have helped register voters and update voter registrations at several large local events, including the Granville Pride Parade, the Granville 4th of July parade, the Pataskala Street Fair,  Hot Licks Blues Fest, Granville Farmers Market and OSU-Newark Activity Fair. To volunteer at an upcoming event contact Susan at: studer.king@yahoo.com 

 2022 ANNUAL MEETING

VIEW THE RECAP

The League of Women Voters of Licking County held our Annual Meeting  on April 28, 2022, which featured a report by President Rita Kipp, election of officers and a presentation by guest speaker Jim Lenner of Neighborhood Strategies.

As the former Village Manager of Johnstown, Jim Lenner now advises local governments on economic development-related issues.  His presentation provided additional details on the anticipated impacts the Intel project will likely have on our county and suggest ways that citizens can get involved in the planning processes.   

View Neighborhood Strategies’ presentation
View President’s Report

GET UNBIASED VOTING INFORMATION 

VOTE 411 IS YOUR ONE-STOP-SHOP FOR BALLOT DETAILS

This award-winning online tool from the League of Women Voters Education Fund allows you to quickly and easily learn what’s on your ballot, find your polling place, confirm registration details and much more.

Get accurate and unbiased voting information at vote411.org

Licking County for Fair Maps

NONPARTISAN LEADERSHIP

ADVOCATING FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT

We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy. The League of Women Voters of Licking County, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate.

We work across Licking County to register voters, host nonpartisan candidate forums, and educate voters on issues important to maintaining a vibrant democracy. Learn more about us. 

LEAGUE DONATES HYGIENE BAGS

MLK DAY SERVICE PROJECT SUPPORTS UNHOUSED AND AT-RISK POPULATIONS IN LICKING COUNTY

The League of Women Voters of Licking County collected toiletries and select clothing items to create hygiene bags for Newark Homeless Outreach, which serves unhoused families in the region. Items collected included toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps and sanitary products along with hats, socks and gloves. The League exceeded our goal of creating 45 bags, collecting supplies for a total of 66 bags. We shared the surplus with other organizations that serve the unhoused including the Center for New Beginnings, a confidential emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence. 

REDBIRD BOOKS TO PRISONS

LEAGUE COLLECTS & DONATES BOOKS TO INCARCERATED OHIOANS

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022, the NAACP, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Licking County, and other allied organizations collected approximately 600 gently used books for Redbird Books for Prisoners, a nonprofit organization that sends books to incarcerated individuals in correctional facilities across Ohio. 

A huge thanks to LWV member Emily Vermillion for coordinating both the book and hygiene bag service projects! 

SHAPING OUR DEMOCRACY

LEAGUE DEMANDS FAIR DISTRICTS FOR FAIR ELECTIONS

Once every ten years, states draw new maps for congressional and state legislative districts based on population data collected via the U.S. Census.  In 2015 and 2018, Ohioans voted overwhelmingly to support changes to the map-making process. These statewide ballot initiatives won in all 88 Ohio counties and by more than 70% of the vote.  These reforms created rules that create a bipartisan process for drawing the maps and focuses on keeping communities together. 

It is now up to us to hold the mapmakers accountable and abide by the rules we voted to create.  The League of Women Voters is part of the Fair Districts Coalition, a non-partisan troup working to create a better and more equitable representational democracy. Learn more and get involved. 

FIGHT FOR FAIR MAPS CONTINUES

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF OHIO CHALLENGES STATE & CONGRESSIONAL MAPS

When public officials–of ANY party– draw legislative district maps to only benefit their political party it hurts our democracy. This practice is called Gerrymandering. Despite new constitutional rules to prohibit this practice and despite multiple rulings by the Ohio Supreme Court striking down gerrymandered maps, the majority party has maneuvered to keep both congressional and state legislative maps in place for this fall’s election. This wasn’t the way things were supposed to happen. Learn more

ADVOCATING FOR GREATER GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY

LEAGUE PRESIDENT RECOMMENDS REFORMS TO HEALTH DISTRICT ADVISORY COUNCIL OPERATIONS

In a series of two guest columns in the Newark Advocate, Rita Kipp, President of the League of Women Voters of Licking County, suggested that the county’s District Advisory Committee was not in compliance with Ohio Sunshine Laws. The little-known Advisory Committee is tasked with making appointments to the Board of Health in Licking County.   

Part 1: Licking Health oversight has room for Improvement

Part 2: A better way to organize oversight to the Licking County Health Board.

WORKING TO END GERRYMANDERING

THE POSTCARD PROJECT FOR FAIR MAPS

Members of the League of Women Voters of Licking County have written hundreds of postcards to Ohio’s legislative map-makers to urge a transparent map-making process that keeps communities together and reflects the redistricting reforms passed overwhelmingly by voters.

Bust Gerrymandering Postcards Ohio