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  • Stickers that aren’t only for the kids
    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 4:00 AM
    “Don’t forget your ‘I voted’ sticker,” poll workers cajoled on Nov. 3. As I initialed ballots alongside retired minister Mark Ward-Bopp, he smiled affably and quipped, “Shame your co-workers and friends that didn’t vote.”
    “Oh yeah,” most said while sliding the sticker off the table. Some voters asked if their son or daughter could have one. Of course, we gestured. We had two rolls, replenished by the League of Women Voters. Record early voting depleted supplies, leading at least one poll worker to offer her saved sticker to a disappointed voter who’d just cast a ballot.
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  • Straight-ticket votes disappear nationwide
    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 4:00 AM
    The title of this column would seem to make no sense in light of the recent 2020 national election — which appears to have been nearly entirely a straight-ticket election. To have a “straight-ticket election” in 2020 refers to that fact that over 45 states chose senators and president from the same party. Indiana was not a test case this year as we didn’t have a senatorial race. Our voting patterns do suggest that had we had a senatorial election, we would have voted “straight-ticket.”
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  • Notes from a Media Watcher, Poll Watcher
    Wednesday, November 11, 2020 4:00 AM
    Traveling around our four Montgomery County Vote Centers on Election Day was a great lesson in how grassroots democratic processes work here in our rural county. Most of what I saw was very, very good.
    When I pulled into the Whitestown Church parking lot mid-morning, it was amusing to see the two candidates for judge standing at distance, chatting with each other – competitors but also colleagues and friends. They were not electioneering but thanking people for voting.
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  • BLM:  What should we understand?
    Wednesday, November 4, 2020 4:00 AM
    In her warm, quiet voice, LaToshia Everson defines herself as “an educator in all phases of my life.” Everson is our neighbor to the south. She grew up in Greencastle where, as an African American girl, she was educated mostly among white children. These days she is Associate Director of Student Engagement at De Pauw University, her alma mater.
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  • Non-partisan LWV says to visit vote411
    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 4:00 AM
    We U.S. citizens are readying to vote very soon — if we haven’t done so already. This is the heart of our democratic process so please exercise that right. Sometimes that doesn’t feel easy.
    Here in late 2020 the coronavirus pandemic is deeply entrenched and many voters are feeling deafened — and maybe even defeated – by the non-stop media clamor of the weeks and days leading up to the election.
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  • What is the LWV exactly? So very much
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 4:00 AM
    Every day this month, come rain, shine, or frost, League of Women Voter members, Paul and Myra Abbott, come by and update the voter tally display on the courthouse lawn. People driving by see how many registered voters MoCo has and how many of us have voted so far in this election cycle. Posting these signs was a League idea and a League investment, and Montgomery County Clerk Karyn Douglas is grateful for it. It’s a simple thing but making the voting process more visible encourages more participation.
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  • 10 states considering vote by mail; not Indiana
    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 4:00 AM
    Note: This is the second installment of this article. Please read Part I in last week’s edition that you can find archived online.

    Having safe and fair elections is of great concern to states. In Colorado, one of several fully Vote by Mail/Vote at Home states, studies have shown that voters and administrators alike, no matter what their political persuasion, found enhanced trust and security in the voting process when Vote at Home/Vote by Mail is an option for voters.
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  • Mailed ballots works well in other states
    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 4:00 AM
    Every state in the union has voting by mail as an option. That is absentee voting, a system that has been in place since the time of the Civil War. Absentee voting began when soldiers in encampments wanted to vote. (Men Only in those days—both as soldiers and as voters, of course). As National Geographic reported in August, “From Kentucky to Vermont voting rights were extended to those far away from the polls (because of the War) for the first time.”
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  • LWV’s forum scheduled for Monday
    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters encourages all Montgomery County citizens to listen to the upcoming County Council Candidates Forum hosted by Dave Long on Monday, October 5, at 7 p.m. on WCDQ, 106FA and Facebook Live. Due to the Covid 9 crisis, the Forum is being held on the radio rather than in person. The Forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and Business and Professional Women.
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  • Have YOU completed ‘20 Census?
    Wednesday, September 23, 2020 4:00 AM
    The United States Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The 2020 Census counts everyone who lives in the U.S. on April 1, 2020. The presence of the COVID-19 pandemic complicated this. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local, and federal lawmakers every year for the next ten years.
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  • LWV set to help register new voters
    Wednesday, September 16, 2020 4:00 AM
    Sept. 22, 2020, is National Voter Registration Day. Since 2012, the fourth Tuesday of September has been celebrated as a holiday to alert voters to get ready for the upcoming November election. From its first year when 300,000 new voters were registered, National Voter Registration Day has quickly gained momentum. In communities all across the nation, hundreds of public service organizations have participated in making their own communities more aware that an opportunity to vote is just around the corner. Nearly three million voters have registered on the holiday to date.
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  • Time to vote! Enfranchising young citizens
    Wednesday, September 9, 2020 4:00 AM
    If there is one thing America has learned as we travel through our pandemic year of 2020, it’s that our schools are more essential for our nation’s and our personal well being than we could ever have imagined when times were ordinary and kids routinely went off to school. We now know (and most citizens are in awe) of what our teachers give our kids day by day, year in, year out as the children master essential skills of life, from basic reading and math skills to advanced science education, sophisticated problem-solving, analytical reading, a learning of our country’s history, and all sorts of other knowledge and praxis. Step by step, teachers and parents, and “the community village” prepare youth to live in the world successfully.
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  • LWV shines spotlight on local women
    Wednesday, September 2, 2020 4:00 AM
    After Women’s Suffrage efforts and the 19th Amendment was adopted granting women the right to vote, there have been many changes in American government, although some slow. In 1917, Montana had one woman in the Congressional House of Representatives. After passage of the 19th Amendment, there were still only eight more women elected to the House by 1929 and none to the Senate. In 1994, the number of women in the House jumped from 28 to 47; but in 2018 a record 102 women won House seats! Today one quarter of U.S. Senators are women, the highest number ever but still far below women’s share of the population.
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  • Medical Pioneer and Suffragist
    Wednesday, August 26, 2020 4:00 AM
    Today, the 100th Anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment into the United States Constitution granting women the right to vote, the League of Women Voters will have a virtual celebration of Dr. Mary Holloway Wilhite’s role in support of suffrage and as role model for women studying medicine. In celebrating women’s right to vote, it is fitting to recognize this remarkable individual from our community who was a suffrage and women’s rights leader as well as our first local female physician.
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  • LWV: Take action: protect the postal service
    Sunday, August 23, 2020 4:00 AM
    One of our nation’s most critical essential services is under attack. The United States Postal Service serves every American household delivering essential supplies, paychecks, census mailers, and much more. It has been on the frontlines of the current global pandemic ensuring that Americans remain connected and safe.
    The attacks on one of our most critical and storied public institutions are just another way to undermine our democracy. Contact your Members of Congress today and tell them why we need to protect the U.S Postal Service.
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