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Thursday, October 08, 2015
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2015 12:16 AM
    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County opens its 2015-2016 Lunch with the League Series Monday, October 5 with Leslie Peacock, President of the Montgomery County Visitors and Convention Bureau, presenting “Turning Goals into Realities.”   Attendees will receive a brief review of what the Bureau is planning and learn how we can help make their ideas work for all of us.
  • Saturday, September 26, 2015 2:43 AM
    “Oil and Water,”  shown earlier in September, completed the 2015 Green Issues film series co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County  and the Wabash College Lilly Library.
  • Thursday, September 17, 2015 12:00 AM

    Today marks the 228th anniversary of the day on which the members of the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. September 17 is now celebrated throughout the United States as Constitution Day.

    Constitution Day has an interesting history. In 1939, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst advocated, through his chain of newspapers, for a day to celebrate U.S. citizenship. In 1940, Congress designated the third Sunday in May as “I am an American Day.”    

    In 1952, President Harry Truman moved the holiday to Sept. 17 and changed the name to “Citizenship Day.” Congress renamed the holiday “Constitution Day” in 2004.

  • Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:50 PM

    September is Voter Registration month, and the League of Women Voters urges all Montgomery County citizens to be sure you are registered to vote! The November, 2015 General Election focuses on city and town elections – Crawfordsville Mayor, Clerk-Treasurer and City Council seats as well as town Clerk-Treasurers and Town Councils. But even if citizens live in the country outside the city / town and will not be voting in November, now is a good time to register to be ready for the 2016 Primary and General Elections for key federal, state, and county offices.

    Nearly one in four Americans is not registered to vote. Voter registration is key to engaging all Americans in the political process. Indiana ranked at the bottom of all states in voter turnout in 2014; we can and must do better. But you cannot vote if you are not registered!

    Who can register? You are qualified to register and vote if you:

  • Thursday, September 03, 2015 12:27 AM

    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County supports the recommendation by Montgomery County Clerk and Deputy Registrar to move to a system of Vote Centers to replace traditional precinct polling places. The LWV supports this change as long as voter convenience is assured and not compromised. The LWV supports Vote Centers that will operate on Election Day. These centers will be conveniently located throughout the county.

    What are Vote Centers? A Vote Center is a polling place where any registered voter can vote on Election Day. Vote centers are connected through secure internet connections, and as ballots are cast, an electronic poll book is instantaneously updated and makes tracking voters in real time. Sites must meet ADA requirements, have adequate parking and internet connection.

    Vote Centers are designed to make it easier to vote by providing greater flexibility for voters who will now have multiple locations at which to vote, often much closer to employment or daily travel than former precincts.

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 4:00 AM

    Yesterday marked the 95th Anniversary of ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. This achievement on August 26, 1920 was a result of a 72-year effort by visionary and courageous women who lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied and organized demonstrations in support of suffrage for women.

    The fight for woman suffrage had its roots in the 1848 “Declaration of Sentiments” drawn up at the first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York. Early suffrage leaders – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Myra Bradwell, Zerelda Wallace (stepmother of Lew Wallace) and many more – worked tirelessly for women’s suffrage during the latter half of 19th century. Dr. Mary Holloway Wilhite of Crawfordsville chaired the organizing committee for Woman’s Suffrage Association of Montgomery County.

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2015 11:14 PM

    The United States has approximately 75,000 dams. Some are small, and some are huge. Many of these date back to the nineteenth century, when water provided a significant portion of the nation's power. Others have been built more recently.

    The League of Women's Voter's “Green Issues Summer Movie Series” sponsored an August 12 showing of "DamNation", a film that asks us to consider whether all of these dams are still necessary. “DamNation” won twenty film awards in 2014- 2015, including the Environmental Film Festival in the Washington DC “2014 Environmental Advocacy Award” and the International Wildlife Film Festival “2014 Best Conservation Film.”

    Dams have been built for many reasons, including hydropower, flood control, irrigation, and transportation. River barges that can't negotiate rapids can go up and down the river via locks. Without water control the population of the West could not be as high as it is today. 

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015 9:19 PM

    August, 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965.

    “The Voting Rights Act is one of the most significant pieces of legislation in American history,” Elizabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the United States, said. “The Voting Rights Act ensures the right to vote of every eligible American regardless of race, ethnicity or language and protects against election laws and practices that have disparate impact on groups of voters, whether state and local officials intended that impact or not.”

    But two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned key provisions of the Voting Rights Act – Sections 4 and 5 – which created criteria for requiring federal oversight of states and localities based on patterns of discriminatory practices. States that had once been covered by that provision were free from oversight by the U.S. Department of Justice. 

  • Wednesday, August 05, 2015 10:34 PM

    Today is the 198th Anniversary of the birth of Zerelda G. Wallace, step-mother of Lew Wallace. The League of Women Voters and General Lew Wallace Study and Museum invite the public to a special celebration of Zerelda’s birthday followed by the showing of IRON JAWED ANGELS tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Korb Classroom of the Wabash College Fine Arts Center on South Grant Street.

    Born August 6, 1817, Zerelda Gray Sanders was the oldest of five daughters of Dr. John Sanders and Polly Gray Sanders. Growing up in Kentucky and Indianapolis, she benefited from her father’s belief that girls should receive the same education as boys. He encouraged Zerelda to read his books and included her in conversations with his friends.

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:27 PM

    The Principles of the League of Women Voters are “concepts of government” to which the League at all levels subscribes. They result from principles supported and positions taken by the League as a whole in fields of government to which the LWV has given sustained attention. They serve as authorization for adoption of national, state and local program and a basis for taking action at the national, state and local levels.

    The League of Women Voters believes in representative government and in the individual liberties as established in the Constitution of the United States. The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that all powers of the U.S. government should be exercised within the constitutional framework of a balance among the three branches of government: legislative, executive and judicial.


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