Top 10 Ways to Get Involved This Election Year
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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
OF THE CINCINNATI AREA ®
 
VOTER
July/August 2016

 
Top 10 Ways to Get Involved This Election Year
By Meredith Atherley, VP Voter Service

Margaret StandriffIn this historic election year LWVCA will be working hard to expand voter participation, register and inform voters and get out the vote. Here is just a sampling of ways that you can be part of the fun!
 
10. Participate in and publicize our Issues Forum the first week in October.
 
9. Help communicate the importance of verifying voter registration status given the removal of over 12,000 registered voters from the rolls in recent years.
 
8. Join our Speakers Bureau and inform community groups about ballot issues this fall as well as speaking year round on the importance of voting to make our democracy work.
 
7. Work with League sponsored Fellows on local college campuses to register, inform and engage students.
 
6. Use your social media and marketing skills to drive voters to our print Voter’s Guide and online Vote411.
 
5. Attend Naturalization ceremonies to register new citizens to vote and provide information about the voting process.
 
4. Research public offices to provide complete information on job descriptions and salaries for all races in our print and online Voter's Guides.
 
3. Visit area high schools in September to register and recruit students to both vote and to work at the polls.
 
2. Help develop our online Voter's Guide, Vote411 – very flexible and can be done from anywhere.
 
And the Number One way to contribute to our election efforts:
 
1. Be part of the dynamic team producing the 95th consecutive edition of our print Voter's Guide, formerly know as the the Who & What of Elections!
 
Contact Meredith Atherley, VP Voter Service, to share your interests and learn more about the opportunities. voterservice@lwvcincinnati.org; 847-208-9949
President's Notes
By Nancy Dawley


Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater CincinnatiCreated within months of passing the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote, the League of Women Voters (LWV) was formed by women to educate other women on the workings of a democracy and how to have their votes make a difference in their lives. While attending the 2016 National Convention, I came to appreciate what the LWV has learned through the years, and how it functions as a model for our country now. 

These were four key take-aways from the convention:

1. The Convention was filled with ideas. Each day we listened to noted speakers talking about issues that are critical to our nation. Following each talk, participants were given the opportunity to ask questions for clarification and expansion of the presented ideas. What a relief from the canned words we hear on the campaign trail these days, with bite-sized discussion in the media.

 But ideas didn’t come just from outside the League. There were workshops, caucuses, and lunchtime table discussions – all topics were welcome and sessions were well-attended. As early as 7:15 am and as late as 9:30 pm, League members were talking and listening to each other and then taking action. 

Issues to be voted at the plenary had been well-considered, discussed, and published prior to the Convention, giving members time to think about the nuances of each choice. Using Roberts Rules of Order, motions were made, debated, amended, voted on, carefully counted, with both “for” and “against’ having the opportunity to speak. There were no secret agendas or maneuvers.

2. Speakers were listened to with great respect. No eye-rolling, interrupting, rudeness. With that atmosphere, it was easy to gain unexpected information when you thought you already understood the issue. You could change your mind as new data became available.

 When it appeared that more time was needed to discuss a topic, a new workshop was set up, permitting those wanting more clarification about the issue to meet for further understanding. Educated voters were the result. 

3.  Our leadership candidly discussed mistakes made. They made sure that we understood what steps they had taken to remedy problematic situations and the steps they’re using to avoid repeating the mistakes. This openness and transparency transformed the atmosphere of the meetings. Once understanding the situation, members could move forward with trust to deal with other business. Would that our politicians understand how trust is built.

4. The LWVUS not only spoke of inclusion, it made itself more inclusive. Delegates voted to modify LWVUS bylaws so that citizens and non-citizens who are at least 16 years of age can become voting members of the League. People on both sides spoke from the heart. There was a unique feeling of unity after that final vote.  
The League is truly needed in our nation today as a beacon of how “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” can work. I hope you too feel proud to support this beacon and will share the League’s democratic light.
Gourmet Grub for Good - Saturday, August 13

Tickets are now on sale for Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati's annual fundraiser "Gourmet Grub for Good" to be held on Saturday August 13, 2016 at the NEW Kennedy Heights Cultural Arts Center Campus Annex from 7pm-10pm at 6546 Montgomery Rd. 

Regular Tickets are $45 each in advance. All Access Tickets are $75 in advance and include unlimited beer and wine. Host tickets are $100 each.

We invite you to attend, and bring friends and colleagues to celebrate 20 years of total choice in Workplace Giving . If you haven't personally experienced Gourmet Grub for Good, it is an amateur chef cook-off with over 50 amateur chefs competing in various categories. Guests sample the dishes and vote for their favorite. 
 
The funds raised at this event provides critical support to Community Shares. LWVCA Education Fund is a member of Community Shares. We thank these donors for their support of our work!
Purchase your tickets today!
Volunteers needed to help staff the polls for November election
 By Sandra Mowell, Voter Service Committee

One key to having a smooth election is fully staffed polls with excellent poll workers! The County Boards of Election are always looking for a few good men and women. If you live in Hamilton County please visit http://boe.hamilton-co.org/poll-workers/how-to-become-a-poll-worker.aspx for more information. For our members in Warren County please visit www.warrencountyboe.us for application information.

For more information about this program, check the Youth in the Booth article below. 
What LWVCA Accomplished This Year
Hamilton County Seal
 
The League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area is proud to share its 2015-2016 Impact Statement with the community. 
Together, we have made a difference in building citizen participation! We thank our many members, donors,volunteers,
and community partners for making this work possible. 

http://www.lwvcincinnati.org/impactstatement2016.html
Go-See Tour
MSD's Lick Run Project

Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati
Fourteen League members and guests met at the Metropolitan Sewer District on June 14 for a guided tour of the Lick Run Project. They boarded 2 vans and traveled from Lower Price Hill, through South Fairmount, Westwood, and Price Hill learning about and seeing the ongoing construction projects. The Lick Run Project is designed to significantly reduce the combined sewer overflows which release raw sewage into the region's waterways during rainstorms.  The project is part of a consent decree entered into because of violations of the Federal Clean Water Act. The cost of the project is a major reason for the large increases in local sewer bills.
 
The Lick Run Project includes 12 separate projects that work together to keep storm water out of the combined sewers preventing the polluting overflows. The projects include new separate storm sewers on some roads, restoration of a stream that had been diverted into a combined sewer, rain gardens that act as biofiltration basins, and a bioswale in Rapid Run Park. The most notable project is the creation of the Lick Run Greenway, a mile-long urban waterway in South Fairmount in an area that is the gateway to the west side of Cincinnati from I-75 and downtown.  Some of the projects are completed; some are well underway, and others are just starting. The entire project must be operational by the end of 2018 in order to avoid significant fines and penalties.
 
Weather for the tour was beautiful, sunny but not too hot. The neighborhoods were interesting.  Tour participants agreed that getting out to see the projects greatly increased their understanding of the scope of MSD's challenge.
Let's Increase this Number!

562,408 Registered Voters as of 7/20/2016.
Check your voter registration or update your address
at the Hamilton County Board of Elections


Please share this flyers with others who may be interested in providing voter training to Cincinnati nonprofits.
2016 Convention Report
Lobby Day Report

By Melissa Currence, LWVCA Delegate and VP Fund Development

I heart votingFor Ohio, I participated in the LWVUS’ Lobby Day to meet our U.S. members of Congress to lobby on behalf of the Voting Rights Advancement Act (S. 1659 and H.R. 2867), which restores the preclearance provision (sec. 5) of the Voting Rights Act that was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court case, Shelby County vs Holder.

I teamed with Carrie Davis, the Ohio LWV Executive Director, and we met with staff members of four members of the Ohio delegation: U.S. Senator Rob Portman, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (OH2) and U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (OH15). The day was action packed as we were briefed by the LWVUS Advocacy team on the talking points we should hit and then we were bussed to Union Station where hundreds of League members from around the country met with their representatives on the Hill. We hope the whole Ohio delegation joins in and co-sponsors the Voting Rights Advancement Act!

Good lobby tips shared for the day: 1. Appoint a person to begin the discussion. 2. Delegate someone to observe the conversation. 3. Go right to the ask. 4. Don’t take notes as that is very distracting. 5. Get a photo with the person you met with. 6. Once you leave the office, find a location where you can debrief and take notes. 7. Use social media to share this message and tag the Congress person’s social media handles and use hashtags about the legislation. The hashtags used #RestoreTheVRA and #LWV2016

Link to the memo for the Members of Congress: http://lwv.org/files/vote%20VRAA%20convention%20ltrhead%20%28003%29.pdf

Convention Resources:
Quick Highlights:
  • A new board of directors was elected. Chris Carson from Burbank, CA, was voted as the president of LWVUS. Elisabeth MacNamara was thanked for her years of service as LWVUS president.
  • The convention approved the proposed concurrence on Redistricting from LWV California.
  • The convention approved the proposed concurrence on Behavioral Health from LWV Colorado.
  • Two items in the bylaws were amended. The convention delegation approved the recommended bylaws change that non-citizens and those who are at least 16 years of age may now join the League of Women Voters.
  • Wylecia Wigg Harris, LWVUS new CEO, addressed the convention delegates and outlined her two main focuses for the League over the next election cycle – “change” and “engagement”.
LWV Cincinnati Visibility at Convention
LWV Cincinnati co-sponsored a caucus at convention, Get-Out-the-Vote Strategies that Work. We also presented on our young people’s program, Act One, at another caucus, Develop Leaders for Greater Impact: A How-to Session. Melissa Currence served on the LWVUS Bylaws committee.
LWV Cincinnati Delegates/Attendees
  • Meredith Atherley
  • Melissa Currence
  • Nancy Dawley
  • Pinky Kocoshis
  • Liz Shockey
  • Emily Thobe
Youth At the Booth: Hamilton County Precinct Election Official Program
By Pinky Kocoshis, Board of Elections Liaison

Youth at the BoothThe Youth at the Booth program of the Hamilton County Board of Elections (BOE) offers high school seniors an opportunity to experience a real- life civics lesson while participating in the voting process and undertaking a meaningful community service activity.

This program is open to 17 year-old and older high school seniors who must be registered to vote. They will be have a 4-hour training class in advance of Election Day on Tuesday, November 8, and will earn $181.50 for their work on Election Day.

LWVCA supports the program and is looking for members who are willing to promote this program by making a personal contact with a high school in their neighborhood to recruit students. The BOE will send out an information packet the third week of August, and we will follow up on that mailing.

With the advent of electronic poll books, the high school students have already proven to be valuable at trouble shooting problems on election day. The goal of the BOE is to have a high school student working in each of the 361 voting locations in Hamilton County.

Please contact LWVCA office at 281-8683 or at info@lwvcincinnati.org or Pinky Kocoshis (contact info in your membership directory) if you can help with this.
A Glance at our 2016-2017 Program
By Elizabeth Brown, VP Program

LWVCA's Program Development Committee and the Board have developed a schedule of interesting events for the 2016-2017 program year that includes a combination of topics for discussion unit meetings, tours, and general forums with speakers. 

These programs are in addition to a busy schedule of Voter Service events leading up to the November election. The program committees are seeking interested members to help with specific events and topics. Please contact Elizabeth Brown, Vice President, if you are able to help with any of the following programs.
  • 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 – LWV Ohio Program Planning (Saturday general meeting with speaker)
  • February – Consensus meeting on Ohio Primary Election Systems Study
  • March – Poverty & Housing, based on the book Evicted by Matt Desmond (discussion units)
  • March - Forum on MSD with a panel of speakers 
  • April – Aging Infrastructure & Funding Challenges (discussion units)
Library Corner
By Nancy DawleyLet Ohio Women Vote. We didn't vote because it won't make a difference.

E is for Election Day
By Gloria M. Gavris
Illustrated by Shawn McCann

Get young people ages 9 to 12 interested in the election season. Take a look at this colorful book to engage the next generation of voters with a love of voting and democracy. www.EisforElectionDAy.com
Board Notes
By Nancy Dawley, President 

The LWVCA Board approved adding several members to the 2016 – 17 Board of Directors:
  • Pinky Kocoshis – Pinky will lead the development of the November printed Voter’s Guide, as well as continue as liaison to the Board of Elections.
  • Marlene Muse – Marlene will focus on membership development.
  • Maggie McNerney – Maggie will become Board Secretary, replacing Melissa Rowland. who will doing project work instead.
Actions of the Board
  • LWVCA placed an ad in the 2016 Juneteenth celebration program book. We have been involved with Juneteenth for many years.
  • LWVCA will partner with Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) in presenting Voter Engagement Training to Cincinnati non-profit organizations on August 4 at the United Way Building.
  • Provided two fellowships to College Election Engagement Project to facilitate engagement of U.C. or Cincinnati State students (site to be decided) in the November election. 
  • Approved updates to the LWVCA Policies & Procedures documents for 2016-17 Board.
  •  Voted to partner with the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council on a fall voter education series entitled “Foreign Policy Meets Politics.”
  • Voted to co-sponsor the screening of the film Iron Jawed Angels with Cincinnati World Cinema in September on the Showboat Majestic.
Mark your Calendar: Speakers Bureau Training

Speakers Bureau Training will take place on August 25 in the Geier Room from 5:00 to 8:00pm.

Information on ballot issues for this year will be provided, as well as speaking tools to cover the issues as well as other voting and election information. Public speaking and presentation skills will be reviewed for new speakers, with an opportunity to practice, at the end of the training.

All are welcome! Last year we received over 20 requests for speakers and are likely to receive many more this year. Come see what the speakers bureau is all about!

Call the LWVCA office at 513-281-8683 to register.  Supper will be provided.

 
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July/August Calendar
  • Wednesday, July 27
    • 4:30 - 6:00 pm - PDC Meeting, LWVCA Conference Room (LWVCA-CR)
    • 6 - 8 pm - Board of Directors Meeting, LWVCA-CR)
  •  6 - 8 pm, Tuesday, August 2, - Voter Service Committee Meeting, LWVCA -CR
  • 3 - 4 pm,  Wednesday, August 3 - Education Committee Meeting, LWVCA-CR
  • 1 - 3 pm, Thursday, August 4 - OhioVotes Training for Nonprofit Agencies, 2400 Reading Rd
  • 2 - 3 pm, Friday, August 12 - Naturalization Ceremony, US Districk Court, E 5th Street
  • 7 - 10 pm, Saturday, August 13, Gourmet for Good - Cincinnati's Spirited Amateur Chef Competition
  • 9:30 - 10:30 am, Tuesday, August 18 - Rockwood Group, LWVCA-CR
  • 5 - 8 pm, Thursday, August 25 - LWVCA Speaker Bureau Training Geier Room, Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church
  • 2 - 3 pm, Friday, August 26 - Naturalization Ceremony, US District Court, E 5th Street
  • Wednesday, August 31
    • 4:30 - 6:30 pm, PDC Meeting, LWVCA-CA 
    • 7 - 8 pm,  Discussion Leadership Meeting
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