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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus

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Dynamic new website to help voters make informed decisions

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- CONTACT:
Amy Pulles, (614) 837-1089

An 88-year-old organization is making a 21st-century splash with an improved website unveiled this week.

The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus (LWVMC) has redesigned its website to better serve the voters of central Ohio in the months leading up to the November election. “Our new look is really driven by our desire to help voters more easily find the information they need,” said LWVMC President Janyce C. Katz. “Our goal is to ensure that every voter can make an informed decision. Now the trusted nonpartisan information we provide is easier to access than ever before.”

The League offers voter registration drives across central Ohio. It staffs, helps coordinate and sponsors “meet the candidates” forums with the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government. And it publishes the respected nonpartisan Voter Information Bulletin (available by Sept. 20 on the website and Oct. 26 in The Columbus Dispatch as well as in libraries across Franklin County). In addition to its services for voters, the League hosts educational forums on critical civic issues and advocates for public policies that lead to a more efficient, equitable, accountable government.

Coming on the heels of Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, the revitalized website also celebrates the League’s founding upon passage of the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote. “Politics and elections are very different today than when our mothers and grandmothers ran the League of Women Voters, and those differences demand that we use a more sophisticated, technology-driven strategy to reach out to voters,” Katz said.

Katz noted that League members are different today, too. With hundreds of members across central Ohio, and more than 150,000 across the country, the League remains the original grassroots citizen network. Scott Britton of Worthington chairs the committee that revamped the site. “Our membership is made up of women and men of all ages and political persuasions who come together to prove that sensible, responsible civil discourse and action – based on substance rather than partisanship – are essential for civic improvement,” Katz said. “Our new-and-improved website is one more tool we can use to continue this important work.”

Visit the League at http://www.lwvcols.org.

The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League is where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement.