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League of Women Voters of Licking County 2024 Annual Meeting

ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

EVENT FEATURED SPEAKERS, AWARDS & CELEBRATION OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

More than 50 members of the League of Women Voters of Licking County attended the 2024 Annual Meeting on April 30 at the Newark City Schools Administration Building.  Members approved the annual budget, annual program and a slate of officers and also heard from Alan Miller, former executive editor of The Columbus Dispatch, who spoke on “Journalism, Democracy, and Civic Engagement in 2024.” The League also awarded the Rita S. Kipp Community Engagement Award to Kandice Hairston for her leadership in working with people in recovery. 

League of Women Voters of Licking County 2024 Annual Meeting
Left to right: Lyn Robertson, Kandice Hairston and Caliyah Bennett

2024 RITA KIPP COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD

LEAGUE HONORS KANDICE HAIRSTON FOR LEADERSHIP IN SUPPORTING COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN RECOVERY

The League of Women Voters of Licking County honored Kandice Hairston with the 2024 Rita Kipp Community Engagement Award for her leadership and tireless support of community members in Newark and beyond who are navigating addiction recovery. After completing the prison-based 15-month Tapestry Program for treatment and rehabilitation and having achieved 15 years of sobriety, Kandice has worked as a “messenger for recovery” with the Newark Center for Civic Engagement, Newark Think Tank on Poverty, the REAL Book Club and at St. Vincent de Paul. Her work and her message was recently highlighted in a Reporting Project story. 

LEAGUE PARTNERS WITH THE REPORTING PROJECT TO LAUNCH THE OBSERVERS COLLABORATIVE

VOLUNTEER OBSERVERS WANTED

The Observers Collaborative, a newly-formed joint project of the League of Women Voters of Licking County and The Reporting Project, is looking for new members to be the eyes and ears of the Licking County community at meetings of the county commissioners, school boards, city and village councils and township trustees. Observers attend public meetings in Licking County, track important issues, and make reports, all in the service of promoting civic understanding and transparency in government. We are non-partisan, and we do not advocate for positions or proposals.  Volunteer Observers complete a series of training videos, commit to ethical guidelines, and submit timely reports to a review team.  Read Reporting Project Story on Observers Collaborative
League Voter Registration

ADVOCATING FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION

PUBLIC EDUCATION ESSENTIAL FOR A STRONG, VIABLE SUSTAINABLE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY

The League of Women Voters of Ohio’s Advocacy-Education Committee recently hosted two discussions on the privatization of public education and its impact in Ohio.  

The League has a long history supporting public education.  The LWVUS statement on the role of the Federal Government in Education reads: “The League of Women Voters believes that the federal government shares with other levels of government the responsibility to provide an equitable, quality public education for all children from pre-K through grade 12.  A quality public education is essential for a strong, viable, and sustainable democratic society and is a civil right. 

View the replay of these special events: 

  1. The Wolf at the Door
  2. The Voucher Explosion
Licking County for Fair Maps

FIGHT FOR FAIR DISTRICT MAPS CONTINUES 

LEAGUE LEADS EFFORT TO PREVENT GERRYMANDERING

The League of Women Voters  is working to support a new ballot initiative to create an independent commission to create fair maps. The Citizens Not Politicians amendment will:

  • Create the 15-member Ohio Citizens Redistricting Commission made up of Democratic, Republican, and Independent citizens who broadly represent the different geographic areas and demographics of the state. 
  • Ban current or former politicians, political party officials, lobbyists, and large political donors from sitting on the Commission.
  • Require fair and impartial districts by making it unconstitutional to draw voting districts that discriminate against or favor any political party or individual politician.
  • Require the commission to operate under an open and independent process

Read LWV Ohio Statement on new maps

Citizens not politicians petition signing Licking County

SIGN THE  CITIZENS NOT POLITICIANS PETITION  

ENSURE FAIR  MAPS | END GERRYMANDERING

The League of Women Voters of Licking County continue to collect signatures around the county for this statewide ballot initiative.  Help us on the homestretch! Volunteer to collect signatures by contacting us at: lwvlickingcounty@gmail.com 

Meanwhile, a new report by the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice finds that nearly 8 in 10 Ohioans Live in Uncompetitive Legislative Districts. 

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. 

GET INVOLVED

JOIN THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF LICKING COUNTY

The League of Women Voters is a peoples’ organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and engage all Americans in the decisions that impact their lives. The League of Women Voters of Licking County does not endorse or oppose political parties or candidates, however we are active and engaged in public policy at the local and state level. We:

  • Register voters in area high schools, colleges, and underserved populations in the community.
  • Offer online voter information and campaign guides (Vote411.org).
  • Promote Sunshine Laws and good governance.
  • Host nonpartisan issue and candidate forums.

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.