The League of Women Voters of Ohio was selected as the winner of the Strengthening Democracy State Award by the League of Women Voters of the United States. This was announced at the organization's 53rd National Convention in Chicago, Illinois -- a meeting of more than 900 national, state, and local leaders.
This honor is awarded to one of the organization's nearly 800 local and state affiliates for activities, litigation, and advocacy that is innovative and helps strengthen our democratic institutions.
The League of Women Voters of Ohio is recognized for their advocacy in ending gerrymandering in Ohio.
The Newsletter of the League of Women Voters of Athens County
April 22, 2018
Five members of the LWVAC participated in the LWV Ohio Statehouse Day on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, The full day in Columbus informed attending members about current legislative issues, exciting projects being implemented by other local leagues and working in our communities. An update from several LWVO Lobby Corp members told us about both disappointing and promising legislation on: gun control, personal freedom, environmental issues, and women’s health.
We heard from several Leagues that have implemented new projects to engage young voters. These included a “Now You’re 18” program delivered in High schools and the Voter Girl Project designed for Girl Scout Troops. We learned about ongoing collaboration between the League and the NAACP, including how to approach partnerships with diverse organizations. The final presentation of the day focused on tools from the Civility Now Project that we can use to promote civility and civil discourse in our communities. This project has many exciting community tools. One that stuck out at us was a series of informal community discussions about difficult topics (ex. gun control).
In addition to the presentations, two LWVAC members took time to meet with our state elected officials: Rep. Jay Edwards and Sen. Frank Hoagland.