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  • Parallel of then and now: Women’s right to vote
    Wednesday, August 4, 2021 4:00 AM
    On Aug. 18, 1920, the ratification of the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote. Not all women, though, because the history of voting rights is not equal to voting access. Nevertheless, it was a start and had a context of its own, a context that rhymes with the present.
    Though women voted en masse in New Jersey in 1789, they organized for the right to vote, formally, after the 1840s when Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting. 
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  • What history reveals on right to vote
    Wednesday, July 28, 2021 4:00 AM

    “Envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate” challenges the League of Women Voters. 

    Envision democratic self-governance so flourishing that citizens can say “the government” and mean truly “by the people, for the people.” Envision a government that is an extension of all US citizens, not a government we view with suspicion and cynicism. To realize this means we all participate starting with our vote. 

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  • Lunch with the League is presenting Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light
    Wednesday, July 21, 2021 4:00 AM
    Dori Chandler, interim director of the Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light non-profit organization, and HIPL intern Sophie Hall will join the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County for Lunch with the League on July 29 at noon. This program will be virtual (See how to connect at the end of the column). All members of the community are invited to attend. 
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  • What Sen. Young gets wrong about S1
    Wednesday, July 14, 2021 4:00 AM
    What is the simplest, most patriotic act one can do for their nation? Vote. Voting is the central act of self-governance, and it should be accessible to all citizens.
    How can we tell if voting is accessible? Measure turnout. 2020 was a blockbuster year for voting. Most states saw a 7.5 percent jump in voter participation in 2020, but Indiana’s increase was a mere 5 percent increase to 66 percent, according to the Statehouse File. In Minnesota, a whopping 80 percent of eligible voters participated.
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  • LWV offers a guide to being heard
    Wednesday, July 7, 2021 4:00 AM
    Almost 20 years ago, the League of Women Voters here in Montgomery County sponsored a town hall with candidates for office including Tim Brown. Not yet a member, I went because I was deeply concerned about the recent spate of school shootings beginning with Columbine High School. I wanted to speak with Rep. Brown about reasonable regulations for weapons, like registrations, required training, licensing, “like we have for operating a 2000+ pound vehicle,” I asked.
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  • LWV says: Set out the welcome flags
    Wednesday, June 30, 2021 4:00 AM
    The colors of Crawfordsville show as you drive, walk or jog around the city. Some streets are lined with Just Be Kind and Everyone is Welcome Here yard signs, others with “Blessed” or “Welcome” boards leaned on porches. Here and there, from Spann Avenue to the 4H Fairgrounds, PRIDE flags flutter from porches between houses with other flags and signage. In driveways, rainbow bumper stickers announce year-round that the county is home to all kinds of people.
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  • LWV shares local opinions on Electoral College
    Wednesday, June 23, 2021 4:00 AM
    Lawmakers, not the electorate, will decide the fate of the Electoral College, but we the people can have a say.
    Pew Research found in January that 55 percent of U.S. citizens support the popular vote over the Electoral College, though the issue is a partisan divide. What motivates those who would prefer the popular vote? For some Montgomery County residents, it’s that the Electoral College seems elitist, as opposed to a gatekeeping safeguard.
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  • Juneteenth’s watch over freedom
    Wednesday, June 16, 2021 4:00 AM
    This Saturday’s Juneteenth will be observed all over our nation though it is not yet an official U.S. holiday. Like most holidays, it’s joyful. It is an annual re-proclamation of black freedom, starting with slavery, but also from those who attempt to bind up human souls and deny their dignity, value and equality in any number of ways, from Jim Crow laws, to redlining, to targeting people and treating them as suspect. 
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  • Instead of the Electoral College . . .
    Wednesday, June 9, 2021 4:00 AM
    Have you ever wondered why you don’t vote directly for your state’s Electoral College Electors? For most of us, they appear in December, cast their votes and we never know their names. That’s because states choose Electors diversely. 
    “We have no uniform national system for choosing Electors, which means the legislatures do not have to consult the public at all,” co-write Rep. Jamin Rankin (MD-D) and James Ceaser, Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia for the Constitution Center. 
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  • Why the Electoral College?
    Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:00 AM
    Why does the USA keep the Electoral College even as we the people question its necessity in the current climate? After all, we’re literate and have access to plenty of information about candidates and platforms. What value remains to the Electoral College? One of the most compelling reasons to retain this “quirky” institution, as some have called it, may be that it saves the USA from months of recounts and lawsuits, though that’s not one of the reasons why the framers of the Constitution created it.
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  • Democratic health markers – competition and compromise
    Wednesday, May 26, 2021 4:00 AM
    Karyn Douglas’ biggest conundrum is not getting people registered to vote. It’s getting them to vote, and more than every four years.
    “There are so many more important offices that [people] could be voting for in the off years,” she noted in our recent discussion about this year’s election-related redistricting and re-precincting.
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  • Prioritizing women’s health
    Wednesday, May 19, 2021 4:00 AM
    When our state is the fourth worst in the nation for something, it’s a call for change. At present, Indiana is fourth worst in maternal mortality, with 63 pregnancy-related maternal deaths in 2018, according to Indiana’s 2020 Maternal Mortality Report. Eight-six percent of those happened within the first year after delivery, and 37 percent within the first six weeks.
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  • Remembering Hoosier Heroines
    Wednesday, May 12, 2021 4:00 AM
    As this is penned, many are planning Mother’s Day celebrations, though when you read this, another year’s feting of mothers, grandmothers, and other kinds of mothers will be nearly forgotten. Time tilts us ever toward what’s next, until we pause to collect our memories, to tell ourselves the stories that affirm what we value.
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  • Earth Day Wrap:  Local League shares programs online
    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:00 AM
    At 7 p.m. on Earth Day (April 22), League member John Smillie kicked off the Youth in Climate Action online program on Zoom from his home. He introduced viewers to a trio of Indiana’s most prominent young climate activists.  
    Meanwhile, at 7 p.m. also on Earth Day, at Fusion 54, League member Dave Long welcomed viewers to April’s Learn with the League that gathered three experts to inform the community about the removal of the low head dam from Sugar Creek, an event slated for late summer or early fall. 
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  • Prohibited from voting, but changing election outcomes
    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 4:00 AM
    About 26,000 voting age adults in Indiana cannot vote, yet they influence the outcome of Hoosier elections. They are the 26,000+ state prisoners who come from all over Indiana but are considered residents of the county where they are incarcerated. Because they are prohibited from voting, they reduce the impact of native voters of the mostly rural 19 counties with state prison. Recently, residents of Putnam and LaPorte counties expressed concern that their votes have been diluted at the hearings hosted by Indiana’s independent redistricting commission, 
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