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Margaret StandriffThe Board of the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area voted to endorse and support the Cincinnati Public School Levy on the November ballot. The League is nonpartisan and does not support candidates, but based on its positions, it may endorse ballot issues.  
The Education Committee followed the Cincinnati Preschool Promise initiative for two years before making a recommendation to support the program. During the two years, the committee gathered information and met with those knowledgeable about the initiative. Early in 2016, the committee prepared study materials for League members to read in the Voter and to discuss within unit meetings. When the leaders of the Preschool Promise and Cincinnati Public Schools collaborated on a levy request that includes funding for preschool and additional funding for Cincinnati public schools, the Education Committee examined the request closely. The committee met with the CPS Superintendent Mary Ronan and others to fully understand the proposal. Following their study, the Education Committee recommended that the League support the levy. Their recommendation was reviewed and approved by the League’s Program Development Committee (PDC) and then approved by the full Board of Directors.
Support for the School levy is based on the League’s positions. The national League of Women Voters adopted a position after a study that states, “the first five years of a child’s life are crucial in building the foundation for educational attainment and greatly impact success or failure in later life. Additionally, the League believes quality, developmentally appropriate and voluntary early learning experiences should be available to all children.”
Locally, the League adopted a position several years ago specifying the criteria to be used in deciding whether or not to support a Cincinnati Public School levy request. The Education Committee compared the criteria to current school performance and determined the levy request was appropriate and needed.
Strong public education is essential to improving our community.  The School levy is a good investment for our community.
President's Notes
2016 is the 240th year of our nation; 96 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women full citizenship and….the first election that a woman has been nominated as the presidential candidate of a major political party.Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati 

This is a historic milestone! It has always been the goal of The League of Women Voters to enable women to have an equal role in our nation’s political processes. The League fundamentally believes that our democracy works best when all Americans, of all backgrounds, have the opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of our political processes. Such participation includes not only voting but also becoming candidates for public office.
That we have finally reached such a milestone in our democracy is an achievement that Americans can be proud of. The League never supports or opposes candidates and we never support or oppose political parties. Rather, our aim is focused on enabling and encouraging every citizen to fully participate so that each can weigh in on the issues that matter most to them.
Let us all celebrate this achievement and continue our work towards even further inclusion of all citizens in our society and government.

Nancy Dawley, LWVCA President
Election Dates to Remember
~ Meredith Atherley, V.P. Voter Service
LWVCA Voter Guides will be available October 11 in the League office — pick some up to share this valuable election resource with neighbors and friends!
Watch for LWVCA ads running all month on Channel 12, Star64 and CW. Ads cover voter registration (running until 10/11), how to vote, and LWVCA Voter Guides and Vote411.
EARLY VOTING STARTS OCTOBER 12 — skip the lines on Election Day (November 8) and vote by mail or in person at the Hamilton County Board of Elections, 824 Broadway, downtown. To vote by mail, pick up a Vote by Mail Application at the Board of Elections, any Hamilton County public library, or go online to the Board of Elections website to print the form. Complete the application with your name, address, date of birth, form of identification and the address to which your ballot should be mailed, sign the form and mail it. Qualifying forms of identification include your driver’s license number, OR the last four digits of your social security number, OR a photocopy (to include with your application) of either your current and valid photo ID, military ID, OR a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and current address. Ballots will be mailed beginning 28 days prior to the election.
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 11 — be sure to verify your voting status by following the link on our website or by visiting www.boe.hamilton-co.org


The October topic for the League's six discussion units are the issues on the ballot in the upcoming election. The LWVCA Voter Guide (formerly the Who & What of Elections) will serve as the "study pages" for the unit discussions. The Voter Guide provides explanations and pro and con arguments for the three major levies on the ballot: Children's services, Cincinnati Public Schools, and Hamilton County Parks.
NOVEMBER UNIT DISCUSSIONUrban League “Two Cities” Report  
The Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Urban League, Chara Jackson, will speak at a  LWVCA general meeting on November 21 at 6:30 p.m. November discussion units will look at the Urban League’s report “The State of Black Cincinnati 2015: Two Cities.” Ms. Jackson will address questions developed by the discussion units and report on efforts to implement its recommendations.
The Urban League report examines race-based disparities in education, the economy, criminal justice, housing, health, and inclusion. Written by some of the area’s leading experts, Two Cities includes a call to action that invites the larger community to get involved to help create more opportunity for all citizens. The full Urban League report is at www.gcul.org/the-state-of-black-cincinnati-2015-report/ .  

Study pages for the November units will be emailed to members in mid-October. A discussion leader briefing will be held October 26 at 7:00 in the League office.
 ~ Elizabeth Brown, V.P. Program 
Don't forget the League's own "Know Hamilton County". Click here to learn more about your county government before you vote

Sparkle and Support the Education Fund!  

by Melissa Currence, VP Fund Development
League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area Education Fund will be the beneficiary of the Sparkle for Good Pop Up Shop in OTR for the weekend of October 7-9, 2016 with a portion of sales to be donated to us!
Sparkle for Good features gift items including jewelry, custom sewn items (travel and makeup bags, pencil bags, headbands, pillows, etc.) as well as vintage glassware and artwork. With something for everyone, prices start at $5 and everything sold will benefit charities.  
Sparkle for Good is located at 1329 Vine Street (at Vine and Mercer) in Mortar and The Brick, next door to the Candle Lab and will be open Friday & Saturday 11:30am - 7pm and Sunday 11:30am - 5pm. 
Our supporters can shop anytime during the weekend to earn 20% for the LWVCA Education Fund. 
Looking for a good time to stop by? Raffles will be happening all weekend, and here some good times to stop in: 
Friday at 5:30, Nora Fink, founder and principal of Nora Fink Personal Stylish, will be at the shop talking about “Creating a Capsule Wardrobe with Style”.
Sunday is all Day Daughters and Donuts. Enjoy coffee and Holtman’s Donuts as you enjoy a mom and daughter shopping treat. Everyone welcome!
Sunday from 12pm-2pm is Buns, Braids, and Bling. Sign up for a free 15 minute Styling Session. Delores Johnson will offer personal one-on-one styling sessions with trendy hair accessories (Sign up ahead and get 10% off your hair accessory purchase.)
You can also shop for jewelry online to benefit LWVCA Education Fund at
chloeandisabel.com/boutique/michelecarey. Choose League of Women Voters Education Fund as the “pop up” you are shopping with at checkout.
Sparkle for Good is a “Gives-Back Retail Shop” that is “popping up” in OTR for 3 weekends this Fall. Each weekend, 20% of proceeds of sales from Sparkle for Good support 10 nonprofits.  
Sparkle for Good is the brainchild of Michele Carey (Chloe+Isabel by Michele). Michele, a nonprofit “groupie” for more than 20 years, loves Cincinnati and spends her professional life helping generous people give back in our community. Michele is partnering with Lonna Hill (Ready-Set-Sew) to create Sparkle for Good, a retail shop that “gives back.” Both women are passionate about volunteering their time and energy (and, most importantly, they both LOVE pretty things!)  Thank you for supporting their dream of having a sparkly shop that supports nonprofits who are doing good work in our community. 
LWVCA Supports Two University Fellows Getting Out the College Vote
by Nancy Dawley, President
The League is pleased to welcome two University of Cincinnati students serving as College Election Engagement Project (CEEP)/ League of Women Voters fellows. They will be busy through Election Day encouraging their fellow students to register to vote and to cast their ballots. League members will be providing advice along with some of our well-known election materials.
Dorian Durant is a senior attending the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Mechanical Engineering & Technology. He's a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the National Society of Black Engineers. Dorian looks forward to being a part of CEEP to help students become more aware of what they need to do to become responsible voters. 

Tess Gerdemann is a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati where she studies International Politics and Marketing/Sales. She is currently the Student Government Director of Federal Affairs and spends her free time watching TEDTalks or trying to decide where to travel next. 

We are eager to see the results of their work in November as they turn college students into voters.
 The League is saddened to note the passing of Doreen Quinn on September 5, 2016. Doreen was a member of LWVCA for over ten years and a faithful office volunteer for the past four years. She was a stalwart supporter of League projects and especially loved attending the League’s Making Democracy Work Celebration which always occurred on or near her birthday in February. Doreen was dedicated to social justice and women’s issues and served in leadership roles in many local organizations as well as devoting countless hours of volunteer time and financial support to organizations and causes throughout the country. Doreen will be missed by many loving friends and co-volunteers who hope to carry on her passionate work on social justice issues.
Voting Guide Live 2016!
Tuesday, October 4
5:00pm – 8:00pm

Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency
Conference Hall, 2nd Floor, Plaza Level
1740 Langdon Farm Road, Cincinnati, OH 45237

Valuable Information for New and Experienced Voters
Local Ballot Issues – Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Schedule of Events:
5-6pm Interactive Activities
6:15-6:45pm Presentations on important voting topics
7:00-8:00pm Pro & Con presentation of November Ballot Issues*
*Live captioning provided for the hearing impaired
Brought to you by:
League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area
Our Co-sponsors and Community Partner Organizations:
Woman’s City Club
Urban League Young Professionals
Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Sigma Omega Chapter
Election Speaker Series:
When Politics Meets Foreign Policy

co-sponsored by LWVCA and Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council

October 19th topic is “Challenges in the Pacific: North Korea & China”. The last of the series topic is "Challenges in the Middle East for the New Administration" is on November 30th

Programs are held at the Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut St #1100, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Reception at 5 pm; Program from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Request the member price and enter “LWV” as the organization.
Reserve your ticket here
Monthly Discussion Topics
  • September - "Encouraging Voting in a Time of Challenges to Voter Rights (discussion units)
  • October - Ballot Issues (forum and unit discussions)
  • November - Urban League’s report on the State of Black Cincinnati (discussion units)
  • December - Ride the Streetcar Holiday Event & Public Transit Issues
  • January - Ohio Primary Election Systems Study and State Program Planning
  • March - Poverty & Housing, based on the book Evicted by Matt Desmond (discussion units)
  • April - Forum on MSD with a panel of speakers
  • May - Aging Infrastructure & Funding Challenges (discussion units)
2nd Monday: Northeast Evening
2nd Tuesday: Anderson, Hilltop North & Warren/Butler
2nd Wednesday: Central Evening
3rd Wednesday: Eastern Day, Metro Day
Check Out Our Current Study Pages
  •  Tuesday, October 4
    • 12 - 1 pm, LWVO All-Member Call
    • 5 - 8 pm, 2016 Voter Guide Live Forum
  • Wednesday, October 5, 6:30 - 8:30 pm,  Board of Directors Meeting
  • Tuesday, October 11 
    • 8:30 - 9:30 pm - Hamilton County Board of Elections Regular Meeting
    • 7 - 9 pm - CANCELLED - Warren/Butler County Unit Meeting    
  • Wednesday, October 26,
    • 10 - 11 am, Naturalization Ceremony
    • 7 - 8 pm, Unit Leaders Briefing for "Two Cities" discussion
    Friday, October 28,
    • 4:30 - 6:30 pm, PDC Meeting, LWVCA 
  • Nancy Dawley, President
  • Melissa Currence, VP Fund Development
  • Meredith Atherley, VP Voter Service
  • Elizabeth Brown, VP Program
  • Maggie McNerney, Secretary
  • Dee Shaffer, Treasurer
  • Marlene Muse, Membership
  • Desirae Futel, Outreach  
  • Elizabeth  Zak, Action 
  • Liz Shockey, Vote411 
  • Emily Thobe, Outreach
  • Pinky Kocoshis, Meetings, BOE Liason
Lisa Williams-Nelson, Office Manager
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