The League of Women Voters, 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.
Empowering Voters, Defending Democracy
To promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government; to render such other services in the interest of education in citizenship as may be possible; and to do every act appropriate or necessary to carry out any of the foregoing objects.
What Does the League Do Now?
The League of Women Voters is a people’s organization that works to improve government and engage Americans in decisions that will affect their lives. We never endorse or oppose political parties or candidates, but we are political.
LWV Licking County provides many voter and community services such as:
- Registers voters in area high schools, colleges, and underserved populations in the community.
- Offers online voter information and campaign guides (Vote411.org).
- Leads post-card campaigns.
- Promotes Sunshine Laws and good governance.
- Hosts nonpartisan issue forums.
- Hosts nonpartisan candidate forums.
- Facilitates mentorship programs.
- Hosts educational events.
- Collaborates with community groups to influence elected officials.
- Takes positions of public policy and lobby for policy change.
- Encourages membership to lobby through action alerts.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters of Licking County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
The League of Women Voters of Licking County sprang to life in August 2017 at a general meeting in Newark, Ohio attended by about 40 women and men. It welcomes anyone in the county who wants to learn about political issues and support the democratic process through civic discourse, voter registration, and voter education.
Founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 and rooted in the movement for women’s suffrage, the League is a national nonpartisan political organization. It remains staunchly nonpartisan with regard to political party and individual candidates, but it practices education and advocacy on a variety of political and social issues such as protecting voter rights. including redistricting reform; promoting affordable health care, including women’s reproductive health; and supporting policies that protect natural resources and mitigate climate change.
The League is not entirely new in Licking County. Previously, it thrived for decades as the Licking County League of Women Voters (compare the wording to our current name), but disbanded in the 1990s. Now after more than 20 years it reappears to address the challenges and opportunities of a new political era.
Meet Our Team
Rita Kipp, President
Pam Wilson, Vice President
Kimberly Byce, Secretary
Jane Wilken, Treasurer
Board of Directors
Carol Apacki, Educational Events
Jim Bidigare, Nominating Committee Chair
Beth Ehrman, Membership
Susan Studer King
Emily Vermillion, Voter Education
Development: Pam Wilson, Chair
Educational Events: Carol Apacki, Chair
Mentoring: Pam Wilson, Coordinator
Membership: Emily Vermillion, and Beth Ehrman, Co-Chairs
Nominating Committee: Jim Bidigare, Chair
Tom Hall, Member
Mary Tuominen, Member
Observer Corps: Lyn Robertson, Coordinator
Voter Education: Emily Vermillion
Voter Registration: Open
Join the League
- Was re-established in 2017, is open to men and women, is non-partisan, and is highly respected community-based organizations;
- Gets members involved in the critical issues that affect families and communities through civil discussions and positive action;
- Offers opportunities to develop new skills and become informed voters on important issues;
- Brings people together to act on shared concerns, build support networks, defend democracy, and develop lasting friendships.
- League Members can be involved in voter registration, candidate forums, postcard campaigns, outreach to underserved communities, observer corps, mentoring, etc.
What do you get as a League member?
You automatically become a member of:
- LWV of Licking County
- LWV of Ohio
- LWV of the United States.
- Can participate in all LWVO and LWVUS advocacy and events
- You will receive publications and email updates about important events and legislative action. You will also be adding your voice to a powerful force of members from all 50 states.
How much time does it take?
It’s up to you. You can support the League only with your annual dues or you can become actively involved by participating in meetings, activities, outreach, action events, voting on elected officials, and developing issue positions through group study and action.
In particular, students can help with:
- Registering new voters at your school or college campus
- Helping with candidate debates or forums; organizing a student debate on your campus
- Educating students about how and where to vote
- Serving as a poll worker to ensure election integrity
(PDF link to the paper join form for people to print and mail)
- The categories listed here reflect how members are classified in the official roster of the LWVUS. All members of LWVLC are voting members and also belong to LWVO and LWVUS.
- Currently, LWVLC is assessed an annual Per Member Payment (PMP) of $57/per member which allows access to educational materials, support, and other resources at the State and National level.
- We recognize that a membership commitment may be a financial challenge for some. Therefore, LWVLC membership fees provide for flexibility to accommodate individual situations and needs.
- Donations above the membership dues are greatly appreciated.
- Membership and donations are tax-deductible.
- Individual Members. Persons at least 16 years of age pay annual dues of $65. When joining LWVLC, they automatically join the League of Women Voters of Ohio (LWVO) and the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS).
- Pay as you Can Option. Individuals experiencing financial challenges may make annual dues payments from $25 to $65.
- Household Memberships. When two or more persons reside at the same address in a common household, they may join as a unit and pay annual dues of $100. Within the household, one member is designated as primary and the others as additional. Each household member, whether primary or additional, enjoys voting rights and also belongs to LWVO and LWVUS.
- Student Members. Students enrolled full-time pay annual dues of $5 and enjoy voting rights.
- Life Members. Members of the League for 50 years or more shall be life members excused from the payment of dues