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Remember the Bill of Rights now, always
Next Monday will mark the 223rd anniversary of the signing of the "Bill of Rights." Ratified on Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights guarantees fundamental civil and human rights of all citizens, residents and visitors on United States territory.

The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution include the freedoms of speech, press, and religion, the people's right to keep and bear arms, the freedom of assembly, the freedom to petition, the right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure, and compelled self-incrimination. Further, the Bill of Rights guarantees due process, trial by jury, prohibition of excessive bail as well as cruel and unusual punishment. Powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Citizens have the right to know, see in print
The League of Women Voters believes that democratic government depends upon informed and active participation at all levels of government. The League further believes that governmental bodies must protect the citizen's right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible.

The League was distressed to learn that the 2014 Indiana General Assembly eliminated the requirement that local government's proposed budgets be published in newspapers prior to public hearings. Because this does not take effect until 2016, there has been little attention or awareness of this major departure of information available to public.

The Department of Local Government Finance successfully pursued elimination of the publication requirement in 2014 HEA 1266. The DLGF argued that posting of budget information on the DLGF website was more effective than publication in newspapers. How many citizens are even aware there is a DLGF website much less look at it regularly?

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Hoosier voters must do better
Voter turnout for the November 2014 midterm elections across the country was the lowest it has been since 1942 during World War II, according to United States Election Project. Sadly, Indiana with a 28% turnout was identified as being 50th among the 50 states in voter turnout in the November 4 General Election.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Is passenger rail on the right track?
"Is Indiana Getting on Board with Passenger Rail" was the topic addressed by Mayor Todd D. Barton and Dr. Helen Hudson at the November Lunch with the League to a full crowd at St. John's Episcopal Church.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
League applauds voters for going to polls
The League of Women Voters would like to applaud all Montgomery County citizens who voted Tuesday and the 135 Poll Workers and County officials who administered the General Election.

Top voter turnout among Montgomery County's 27 precincts was Sugar Creek Township with 53.45 percent of registered voters casting ballots!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Be sure to get out and vote
The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County urges all eligible citizens to vote in Tuesday's General Election! Voting is the most fundamental responsibility of Americans. The results of this election will significantly impact the future of Montgomery County as well as the state of Indiana, and our nation. Government CAN work if people are informed and involved in the democratic process.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Voters will answer question on judges
The November 4 ballot will include four judicial retention questions. People are often puzzled by these and may ignore. But the vote on whether to retain the Justices and Judges is an important part of our judicial system in Indiana.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
League applauds Youth Service Bureau
"Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau Updates" was the topic presented by Karen Branch, Executive Director of the YSB, at the October Lunch with the League. The topic is of keen interest to the League of Women Voters which had effectively advocated for creation of a Youth Service Bureau in 1971 as part of local League study of Juvenile Justice.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Candidate forums give voters chance to hear directly from the candidates
The General Election November 4 will be exceedingly important for Montgomery County, the state of Indiana, and the nation. The League of Women Voters encourages all citizens to be informed about the issues and the candidates on the ballot and to be sure to VOTE!
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
You need to register to vote
The LWV of Montgomery County participated in National Voter Registration Day Tuesday as part of a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register thousands of voters on one single day!
Wednesday, September 24, 2014


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