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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus

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Celebrate Women's Equality Day Aug. 26

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011

Friday, Aug. 26 marks the 91st anniversary of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. The nonpartisan League of Women Voters was founded the same year.

On this Women’s Equality Day, we take time to recognize not only the historic Nineteenth Amendment, but the tremendous progress we’ve made over the last nine decades in expanding and protecting voting rights. Our foremothers understood that if you don’t vote, you don’t count. League members work to get all citizens to exercise their right to vote and ensure that every vote counts.

To ensure that every vote matters, this year the League will mark Women’s Equality Day by testifying before the Ohio Apportionment Board at its public hearing on the redistricting process. Despite our efforts, we now live in a state where, in each election, the politicians pick their voters instead of the other way around. The party in control at the beginning of each decade – be they Democrats or Republicans – stacks the deck in its favor through the redistricting process. As an example, our current Congressional districts split counties 44 times. By comparison, the League’s 2009 redistricting contest resulted in a plan with only seven county splits. (Visit Draw the Line Ohio to learn more about this year’s competition.) We have the opportunity to channel our call for a fair, nonpartisan, transparent process into real, lasting change, starting at the grassroots level – not just for women, but for all of us. Women’s Equality Day will continue to be a celebration of inclusiveness in our democratic process!

As a League member, you can have a profound, direct and positive impact on redistricting and on other issues that matter most to our community. What better day than the anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to get involved?