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September 2016


Margaret StandriffAt election time, remember the suffragettes and what they gave us!

96 years since the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified giving women the right to vote and our U.S. Congress has about 20% female Representatives and Senators. Iron Jawed Angels is the opportunity to remind us about the extent of the original struggle, and what efforts are still necessary to give women equity in our country – not just in words, but in behaviors and legislation. It’s a reminder as important as the 4th of July as citizens prepare for local, judicial, and national elections. Audience discussions will be lead by Board Member Melissa Currence and Laure Quinlivan at the afternoon showing; and by Board Member Desirae Futel and Melissa Godoy at the evening showing. 

Tickets to the two showings of Iron Jawed Angels, September 24, 3 pm and 7 pm on the historic Showboat Majestic are just $5.00.Join with others and carpool together.
Purchase your tickets today!
President's Notes

Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater CincinnatiThe LWVCA Board of Directors has made several decisions to invest further in our mission of educating voters and building our League’s future.
Many this fall are turning to the League for non-partisan election information. In order to expand our outreach, we are investing some of our funds to reach additional citizens.
The LWVCA is funding two College Election Engagement Project fellows at The University of Cincinnati. These college students will receive a stipend for organizing voter registration and get out the vote efforts. The League will be sharing our non-partisan Voter Guides, both printed and on-line, as well as flyers and links to information that help these students learn how to register and Ohio’s various voting options.  In the past, we have been unable to reach so many students. 
We are partnering with WKRC TV to create three election ads. They will run during the two months leading up to the election encouraging thousands of viewers to take an active part in this election as well as make more Cincinnatians aware of the League of Women Voters’ non-partisan guides. The ads will become League property, so that we will also share them across our region via our Speakers Bureau, email, Facebook, and members’ voices.  If you know of groups who would like to view and discuss such election information, please have them call the office so we can work with them.
The League’s October Issues Forum is being expanded beyond discussions of the ballot issues to include interactive “get out the vote” activities – preparing voters for voter registration, making decisions on when to cast their ballots (mail, early voting, at the polls), and familiarizing themselves with our sources of non-partisan election information.  We will encourage citizens to “Vote Local,” discussing the importance of local and judicial races and how the decisions of these elected officials so often affect our daily lives. Look for it below VOTER GUIDE LIVE 2016
Our usual election education activities are underway as well, and we welcome your participation Making Democracy Work.  Just let the office or anyone mentioned in this Voter know of your interests. We’ll find you tasks you will enjoy and find satisfying.
In League,
Nancy Dawley
PS. The final fiscal year financial reports will be published as soon as our 2015-16 financial review is completed.
Are you looking for a way to contribute?

Have you been looking for a way to contribute this election season but have limited time? Consider signing up for a two-hour shift proofing our Voter Guide. Proofing will take place in teams the week of September 19. Interested? Contact Meredith Atherley at voterservice@lwvcincinnati.org
Congratulations Dee!
Pro Seniors 2016 SENIOR WHO ROCK Honoree

Dee Shaffer, LWVCA’s Treasurer, was one of five persons awarded a SENIORS WHO ROCK award at the August 24 celebration by Pro Seniors. Pro Seniors helps elders by providing free advice concerning legal services, and information about long-term care ombudsman program and Ohio SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol). This is an annual award which values the contributions of seniors to their community

Asked to talk about a quote that was meaningful to her, Dee selected “Love what you do, and get it done.” She then showed how this mindset led her through choices leading to her passion for and success in accounting and public TV while combining family, work and volunteer efforts into her life. Ask her about it sometime – she started volunteering at the age of 9. You’ll find her story fascinating.
The League is fortunate to have Dee as a member, volunteer, and Treasurer. 
Congratulations, Dee, on this recognition.
by Pink Kocoshis
This forum is co-sponsored by Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati and ECO, Environmental Community Organization. It will be held in the Social Hall at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church (103 William Howard Taft Road) on September 27 from 6-8 PM. This a great opportunity to hear the candidates respond to questions that they will be given in advance. There will also be time for questions from the audience. Please join this informative evening to find out what the candidates’ plans are for running the county if elected. 
Don't forget the League's own "Know Hamilton County". Click here to learn more about your county government before you vote

Keep the LWVCA election train chugging along,
When volunteers ask for your help, please respond promptly,
even if the answer is “No.”

The League of Women Voters presents:

VOTER GUIDE LIVE 2016: an interactive educational forum covering all you need to know to be an informed voter in 2016

When: OCTOBER 4, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
The event is open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend.
This expanded version of our traditional Issues Forum is aimed at a wider audience and will include a variety of topics in multiple formats to educate and engage both new and experienced voters. The Forum will include a review of ballot issue pros and cons, information about voter registration, voter verification, eligibility, how to vote, changes in Ohio since 2012, and why it’s important to vote, plus information about how local races impact daily lives. Co-Sponsors to date include Delta Sigma Theta, Urban League Young Professionals, and Woman’s City Club, with more to come.
There are many opportunities to get involved in the planning of the event and/or to help at the event itself. Contact Meredith Atherley at voterservice@lwvcincinnati.org to find out how you can contribute!
LWVCA Works to Educate Voters
Check out two of the issues LWVCA has been publicizing to voters for the November elections.
  1. How you know Ohio election is not rigged….http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/08/22/heres-how-you-know-ohio-election-not-rigged/88997458/
  2. Verify your voter registration.  Many voters were purged for not voting 
Let's Increase this Number!

568,856 Registered Voters as of 9/6/2016.
Check your voter registration or update your address
at the Hamilton County Board of Elections
Election Speaker Series:
When Politics Meets Foreign Policy

co-sponsored by LWVCA and Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council

The September 20th topic is “National Security & Russia.”

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
Board Notes
By Nancy Dawley, President 

Actions of the Board in July and August:
  • LWVCA discussed and approved the candidate questions for LWV Voter Guide for the November election. 
  • The Board approved investing $4,000 for TV ads to reach out and educate Cincinnati area voters on voting registration, including how and why to become active voters.
We are saddened to announce the death of Mary Jo Fellerhoff. Mary Jo was active in the League for many years. To read about Mary Jo’s life, click on this section: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/cincinnati/obituary.aspx?n=mary-jo-fellerhoff&pid=181021526&fhid=28797 
Please share with other League members who may remember Mary Jo.
Looking for the great information from past editions
of The Voter Newsletter or our E-Blasts?
Check out our archive!
September Calendar

Unit Meeting September Topic:
Voting Rights and Engaging Voters.
  • 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Wednesday, September 7 - Board of Directors Meeting
  •  6 - 8 pm, Thursday, September 8 - Communication Committee Meeting
  • 7 - 8 pm,  Monday, September 12 - Northeast Evening Unit Meeting
  • Tuesday, September 13 -
    • 8:30 - 9:30 pm - Hamilton County Board of Elections Regular Meeting
    • Unit Meetings:
      • 12 - 2 pm - Hilltop North Unit Meeting
      • 7 - 9 pm - Anderson Unit Meeting
      • 7 - 9 pm - Warren/Butler County Unit Meeting  
  • 6:15 - 8:15 pm, Wednesday, September 14 - Central Evening Unit
  • 10 - 11 am, Thursday, September 15 - Naturalization Ceremony
  • Wednesday, September 21 - 
    • Unit Meeting
      • 12 - 2 pm, Eastern Day Unit Meeting, 
      • 12 - 2 pm, Metro Day Unit Meeting
  • 2 - 3 pm, Friday, September 23 - Naturalization Ceremony, 
  • 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Wednesday, September 28,  PDC Meeting, LWVCA-CA 
Check Out Our Online Calendar
Check Out Our Current Study Pages
  • 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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