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Candidate Forum 2021

LEAGUE HOSTS SERIES OF CANDIDATE FORUMS

LEARN MORE ABOUT LOCAL CANDIDATES

Etna Township Trustee & Southwest Licking School Board Candidate Forum
Oct. 19
7-9 p.m.
Watkins Memorial High School 

Newark City Council & Newark Board of Education Candidate Forum 
October 21 
5:30 p.m. Meet & greet; 6 p.m. Forum
Newark High School auditorium

The League of Women Voters of Licking County recently partnered with the Granville Chamber of Commerce to host two candidate forums. Click the links below to view the recordings of each event: 

Granville Exempted Village Schools Board of Education candidate forum.  

Granville Village Council and Granville Township Trustee candidate forum.  

Voter Registration LWV Ohio Licking County

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.

Get accurate and unbiased voting information at vote411.org

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

See Channel 4 coverage from the event

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.

View testimony from the hearing

Read more about the Ohio Redistricting Commission. 

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:   lwvlickingcounty@gmail.com to get supplies & get involved.

Bust Gerrymandering Postcards Ohio

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.

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. 

DistrictR Mapping Tool


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. 

Learn more about National Disability Voter Registration Week