Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.
LEAGUE TO HOST TWO CANDIDATE FORUMS
OCTOBER 7 & 12 EVENTS HIGHLIGHT RACES FOR GRANVILLE SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION, GRANVILLE VILLAGE COUNCIL & GRANVILLE TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE
The Granville Area Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Licking County, with the assistance of the Granville Sentinel, will jointly host two informational candidate forums. The October 7th forum will focus on Granville School Board candidates. The October 12th event will feature candidates for Granville Village Council and Granville Township Trustee. Both forums will begin at 7 p.m. and will be live-streamed via YouTube.
Candidates will be in the same room with the moderators and a timer but there will be no live audience. Each candidate will be afforded time for a brief opening statement and will be asked to respond to a number of questions. Submit questions to be considered during the events to Steve Matheny at the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via regular mail to P.O. Box 603, Granville, OH 43023. The deadline to submit questions to be considered for the forums is October 4.
LEADERS IN LOCAL VOTER REGISTRATION
NONPARTISAN ADVOCATES 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.
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.
FAIR MAPS DAY
LWV OF LICKING COUNTY CALLS FOR END TO PARTISAN GERRYMANDERING
On September 21st, a coalition of good government advocates from across the state, including Ohio Environmental Council, Common Cause Ohio, and the Ohio Council of Churches joined the League of Women Voters for Fair Maps Day, a series of events to demand a fair redistricting process and an end to partisan gerrymandering. Close to a dozen members of the Licking County League attended the press conference at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church and rally at the Ohio Statehouse. A delegation also met with Senator Hottinger’s office about the congressional district mapping process. Learn more about the maps passed by the Ohio Redistricting Commission.
SHAPE OUR DEMOCRACY
CREATE 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.
Fair District yard signs now available. Find a yard sign distributor near you.
OHIO REDISTRICTING COMMISSION HEARINGS HELD AROUND STATE
LWV OF LICKING COUNTY MEMBERS TESTIFY IN ZANESVILLE
The Ohio Redistricting Commission held a series of public hearings about the mapmaking process at college campuses across Ohio the week of August 23rd. More than 20 members of the League of Women Voters of Licking County attended the hearing in Zanesville.
WORKING TO END GERRYMANDERING
JOIN THE POSTCARD PROJECT FOR FAIR MAPS
Members of the League of Women Voters of Licking County are writing 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.
Participate in this important activity from the comfort of home. Contact us at: email@example.com to get supplies & get involved.
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.
DRAW THE LINES
HELP TO CREATE FAIR MAPS WITH THIS FREE TOOL
Redistricting is dividing up a jurisdiction (like a state, county, or city) into pieces that elect representatives. Where and how the lines are drawn influences everything from who has a shot at getting elected to how resources get allocated.
Since the founding of the U.S. as a representative democracy, we’ve had the ideal that districts should be a way to communicate very local interests to our wider governing bodies. This only works if districts are built around communities of shared interest.
DistrictR is free, web-based tool that everyday citizens can use to draw fair districts for Ohio.
VOTER REGISTRATION FOR ALL
SUPPORTING VOTERS WITH DISABILITIES
Every year, the REV UP Campaign coordinates National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) to increase the political power of people with disabilities by sharing resources and hosting voter registration events. As part of the week’s events, The League of Women Voters of Licking County participated in a virtual lunch event with the Center for Disability Services.
The League is dedicated to supporting active citizenship among people with disabilities in our community and ensuring that all are included in conversations about issues that impact their lives.