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Statewide Ballot Issues

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017

LWVMC Speakers Bureau Available for Community Presentations

Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2017

Fake news forum underscores importance of discerning consumers

Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017

A large crowd turned out for last night's forum on fake news, traditional media and the responsibility of citizens to remain informed.

Housing forum tackles tough issues of poverty, race

Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017

There were no easy answers or "silver bullets" offered at last night's forum on housing, poverty and race, but it provided a fascinating history of discrimination in Columbus' real estate market.

LWV Ohio Reassures Voters Amid Secretary Husted's Allegations

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Notes only 0.001% of votes in question, and not yet proven

Washington Post Article on LWV

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

Check out this great article from the Washington Post on why the LWV is experiencing a resurgence after last November's election.

How to FInd and Contact Your Local Representatives!

Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

Register to Vote Online!

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017

As of January 1, 2017, Ohioans can now register to vote online through the Ohio Secretary of State's website.

County Boards of Elections Links

Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

League Publishes Letter to the Editor Supporting COTA Levy

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

School district leaders make case for Issue 57

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Voter Advocates Reassure Voters that Ohio Elections are Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

2016 Voter Guide Now Available!

Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2016

COTA Levy and Columbus City Schools Levy Information

Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2016

Voter Registration at Columbus Parks & Rec Centers today through Sept. 16!

Thursday, Sep. 8, 2016

Women's Equality Day

Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

August 23 Special Election for Upper Arlington

Monday, Jul. 25, 2016

Columbus City Council Issue Explanation

Monday, Jul. 11, 2016

Important Dates for the August 2 Special Election

Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2016

Democracy In Action 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

Panelists urge action to address juvenile justice challenges

Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016

Significant state investments in early child care and education, nurse home visiting programs and recreational activities could save taxpayers a lot of money in child protection and juvenile justice costs down the road.

New to the League? Take Our New Member Survey!

Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2016

Columbus City Schools Forum Addresses Changes and Improvements to the School District

Thursday, Mar. 3, 2016

Voter Registration Deadline is February 16!

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Watch LWVMC documentary

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

League Documentary now on LWVMC YouTube channel

Announcing Democracy In Action 2016!

Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

Lively marijuana, monopoly issue forum draws crowd

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

A state legislator and a longtime Statehouse lobbyist engaged in an animated and informative debate on State Issues 2 and 3 in tonight's forum at the Whetstone Library.

Letter to the Editor: Support State Issue 1 for fair districts

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

The following letter to the editor was submitted to The Columbus Dispatch but has not yet been published.

Letter to the Editor: Support ADAMH Board levy renewal

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

The following letter to the editor was submitted to The Columbus Dispatch but has not yet been published.

Vote yes for Franklin County Issue 14, ADAMH Board levy

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus supports the Franklin County ADAMH Board property tax levy (Issue 14) and urges voters to seek its passage.

Montgomery kicks off fall election season

Friday, Sep. 18, 2015

Democracy In Action recipient and former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery spoke on women and leadership at last night's fall membership dinner.

Democracy In Action 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Freedom of Choice Advocacy Day - April 22

Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015

Common Core education standards forum draws large crowd

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Despite record-low temperatures, more than 40 people attended last night's public forum on the Common Core State Standards for education at the Clintonville Woman's Club.

LWVMC seeks support for documentary

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

LWVMC Plans Documentary of Volunteer Impact; Starts Power2Give Campaign to Raise Funds

Reimbursement Form

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

LWVMC Positions on Issue 4 & Issue 7

Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Franklin County Ballot Issues - Nonpartisan Pros & Cons

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Telling Our Stories

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

New to the League? Take Our New Member Survey!

Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Hobby Lobby Decision Jeopardizes Women's Right to Equal Health Care

Monday, Jun. 30, 2014

Below is a Press Release from the League of Women Voters of the U.S.

Special Election - August 5

Monday, Jun. 23, 2014

Betty Montgomery -2014 Democracy In Action Honoree

Wednesday, Jun. 4, 2014

2014 Member of the Year - Kitty Burcsu

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Important Dates for the May 6 Primary Election

Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2014

LWVUS Action Alert: Stop Dark Money, Protect the League

Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

LWVMC Holiday Party with Rafflemania, Silent and “Live” Auctions Successful Fun(d) Raiser

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

2014 LWVUS Legislative Priorities

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

Primary Election - May Ballot Issue

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

County Board of Elections Website Links

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

Columbus School Levy on Hot Seat at Forum

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

Oberlin League

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013

Letter to the Editor: Restore Key Portions of the Voting Rights Act

Thursday, Sep. 5, 2013

Published in the Columbus Dispatch, August 9, 2013
By LWVMC President, Amy Pulles

President's Message: The Big Give!

Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013

Meet the Candidates Nights

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

Local Candidate Forums Planned

Monday, Aug. 19, 2013

ACTION ALERT: Support Carbon Pollution Regulations

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013

LeaderSpark Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Friday, Jul. 26, 2013

LWVMC at the King Art's Complex Outdoor Concert

Friday, Jul. 19, 2013

2013-2014 LWVMC Board

Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2013

Public Forum Discusses Columbus Education Commission’s Recommendations

Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2013

From the President: Amy Pulles

Friday, May 31, 2013

Democracy In Action 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

By Gloria Davis & Anne Nelson

2013 LWVMC Member of the Year!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Scott Britton

Earth Day In the Strawberry Patch at the Mid Ohio Food Bank

Monday, Apr. 29, 2013

Volunteer at Democracy in Action!

Friday, Apr. 19, 2013

Nominating Slate for 2013-2014

Friday, Apr. 12, 2013

Reserve Tickets for Democracy in Action May 14

Friday, Apr. 12, 2013

From the President: Amy Pulles

Friday, Apr. 12, 2013

Primary Election May 7, 2013

Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2013

Early Voting Information and Issue Highlights

Defining Civil Discourse: Let’s Hear From You

Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2013

Remember to Renew your Kroger Community Rewards!

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2013

What's New with the 2013/2014 MC/EF Budget?

Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013

Where Our Positions Come From

Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013

Democracy in Action: A Progress Report

Friday, Mar. 15, 2013

President's Letter: Amy Pulles

Friday, Mar. 15, 2013

Calling volunteers for Democracy In Action

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

Senator John and Mrs. Annie Glenn are LWVMC’s 2013 Democracy In Action honorees.

Remember the League with a legacy gift

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

The Development Committee is suggesting another opportunity for members to support the MC League.

Rally in D.C. to protect Voting Rights Act

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

Join League members across the nation in supporting a signature civil rights law.

Our vote -- emblem of equality -- is under attack

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

By Elisabeth MacNamara, President, League of Women Voters of the United States
(Excerpt from a blog originally published in HuffPost 2/11/13)

Members take part in central Ohio regional meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

The League of Women Voters of Ohio organizes regional meetings twice a year to share news and updates from the State and National League.

Walkable City: A Book Report

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

by Ellen Haider, co-chair, Regional Planning and Land Use Committee
There is a new book out, available at the library, that is a perfect complement to the work that the League’s Regional Planning and Land Use Committee completed a year ago.

How do you define civil discourse?

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

LWVMC’s January 12 workshop, “Promoting Civil Discourse,” sparked robust discussion about how to define what civil discourse means in specific enough terms to articulate its essential characteristics.

Federal budget forums offer in-depth look at 'cliff'

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

LWVMC is cosponsoring two forums on the Federal Budget in the first week of March with Citizens for Public Discussion.

From the President

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

Run for office, why don’t you! That is, run for “League” office.

New to the League? Take our new member survey!

Friday, Sep. 28, 2012

Welcome to the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus!

League's vision leads to new community collaboration

Sunday, Sep. 9, 2012

Led by the "outside-the-box" thinking of the new LWV-MC vision statement, the Metro League is helping to coordinate a different kind of voter-candidate interaction on Sep. 26.

Strategic plan outlines vision for reinvigorating, reinventing, revisioning

Saturday, Jun. 9, 2012

At its annual meeting Jun. 4, the League released the final report on its yearlong strategic planning efforts.

League calls for signatures for redistricting amendment

Tuesday, Jun. 5, 2012

League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus President Kitty Burcsu submitted the following letter to the editor to The Columbus Dispatch.

League urges regional cooperation in letter to editor

Friday, May 18, 2012

League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus President Kitty Burcsu submitted the following letter to the editor of The Columbus Dispatch this week.

Action Alert: Urge suburbs to support job-poaching agreement

Friday, May 18, 2012

The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus is calling on members to convert our new position on regional planning and land use into action by contacting city governments to encourage support for a central Ohio job-poaching agreement.

Habash earns Democracy In Action award

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The League presented its premiere award to Matt Habash at a celebration tonight at his state-of-the-art facility, the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

League adopts new position on land use, regional planning

Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2012

At its meeting last night, the board of trustees adopted a new position on land use and regional planning based on consensus reached by members Apr. 18.

Dirty Frank's to donate proceeds from Mar. 12 sales to League

Friday, Mar. 9, 2012

The League is thrilled to partner with Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace as the Columbus restaurant donates 10 percent of all sales on Monday, March 12 as part of its Community Partner Day fundraiser.

Volunteers needed for League phone bank

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012

The League is seeking volunteers for its primary election phone bank on Mar. 6.

League celebrates birthday Feb. 14

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

The League of Women Voters will celebrate its 92nd birthday on Feb. 14.

Early voting starts Jan. 31; registration ends Feb. 6

Monday, Jan. 30, 2012

Ohioans can begin voting early for the Mar. 6 primary election tomorrow, Jan. 31, and must be registered to vote by the Feb. 6 deadline.

Redistricting report uncovers concerted effort at secrecy

Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

This morning, the Ohio Campaign for Accountable Redistricting (OCAR) released a comprehensive transparency report on Ohio’s redistricting process. The independent group graded state officials a D minus on transparency.

Donors make BIG GIVE to support League

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

The Columbus Foundation's "Big Give" raised $8.7 million for central Ohio nonprofits -- and more than $1,600 for the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus Educational Fund.

Make the promise: League launches Clean Air Campaign

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011

The League of Women Voters is working at the local, state, and national levels to refocus the debate over climate change from regulation to public health.

Watch gerrymandering film online for free

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011

The widely-watched film, Gerrymandering, is now available through Nov. 15 for free online viewing.

League supports referendum on elections reform legislation

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011

Last week, the League of Women Voters of Ohio (LWV Ohio) announced its support for the referendum petition drive seeking to repeal HB 194.

Apportionment Board urged to offer maps for public scrutiny

Monday, Aug. 29, 2011

In testimony Friday before the Ohio Apportionment Board, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus joined with LWV-Ohio and the Ohio Campaign for Accountable Redistricting in asking the board to post legislative maps at least two weeks prio

Citizens create fairer districts than politicians

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011

The League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund, the Midwest Democracy Network, and Ohio Citizen Action released the winning maps from the Ohio Redistricting Competition today.

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.

Wright wins Arizona redistricting contest

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011

Metro League member Stuart Wright is one of two winners of Arizona's redistricting competition.

League testifies before redistricting panel

Thursday, Jul. 21, 2011

Beth Taggart testified yesterday on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus before the Ohio House State Government and Elections Subcommittee on Redistricting and the Ohio Senate Select Committee on Redistricting.

Independence Day marks 45th birthday of open records

Friday, Jun. 24, 2011

The following message from League President Kitty Burcsu was printed in the June 25 edition of The Columbus Dispatch.

Congress must salvage Election Assistance Commission

Friday, Jun. 24, 2011

In email correspondence with U.S. Representatives Steve Austria, Steve Stivers, and Pat Tiberi, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus spoke out against an effort in Congress to terminate the Election Assistance Commission.

Redistricting competition will let voters draw the lines

Tuesday, Jun. 21, 2011

This year, the Ohio Apportionment Board and the Ohio General Assembly will create new districts that will affect who will represent Ohio voters in Congress and in the Statehouse.

League urges President to stand up to polluters

Tuesday, Jun. 14, 2011

In an email to President Barack Obama, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus today asked for a strong new standard for smog pollution.

Legislators urged to alter election administration bills

Sunday, Jun. 5, 2011

In emails to central Ohio legislators today, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus recommended changes to two election administration bills pending in the House and Senate.

New election administration bills cause concern

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Ohio General Assembly has been busy considering two legislative proposals that will affect the time, place and manner in which Ohioans exercise their right to vote.

Patton selected as Member of the Year

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus congratulates Dave Patton, 2011 Member of the Year.

Rogers honored with Democracy In Action award

Monday, May 16, 2011

Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown, OSU President E. Gordon Gee, former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, and more turned out to salute Nancy Rogers Thursday evening at the League's annual Democracy In Action awards gala.

League begins study of federal role in public education

Saturday, Apr. 16, 2011

The first in a series of papers from a new League study, “Role of Federal Government in Public Education: Historical Perspectives,” is now available.

Statehouse Day speaker calls for civility

Sunday, Apr. 10, 2011

Fred Andrle offered strategies for responding to incivility and harmful behavior at this year's Statehouse Day, Apr. 7, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Ohio.

Immigration forum draws crowd

Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2011

More than 50 people turned out for last night's forum on U.S. Immigration: Past and Present at the downtown library.

McCoy challenges exceptionalism, explores civility

Monday, Mar. 28, 2011

At his presentation Mar. 23 entitled "One Nation. Under God. Really?" Democracy In Action award winner David McCoy challenged his audience with a historical look at the role of religion in politics.

Governor releases state budget

Friday, Mar. 18, 2011

As Governor Kasich introduced his proposal for the two-year state budget Mar. 15, there was great anticipation about how he would address the large deficit.

Women's History Month relevant to public employee controversy

Sunday, Mar. 6, 2011

According to League of Women Voters national president Elisabeth MacNamara, attacks on public-sector employee salaries and benefits here in Ohio and across the nation can be viewed through the lens of Women's History Month.

Proposed voter ID law would cost Ohio taxpayers

Thursday, Mar. 3, 2011

Secretary of State Jon Husted's announcement this week outlining his priorities for election administration reform seems to indicate he is working toward more stringent identification requirements for voting.

League celebrates 91st anniversary

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011

The League of Women Voters will celebrate its 91st birthday on February 14.

Henkener selected to sit on national privatization study panel

Friday, Feb. 4, 2011

The Metro Columbus League's own Ann Henkener has been selected to serve on a national study committee examining privatization of government services.

Clean air defense one of many League priorities for 112th Congress

Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011

The League of Women Voters has prioritized clean air defense and health care defense for its work in the 112th Congress.

Senators urged to vote against repeal of health care reform law

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011

In emails to U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman today, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus urged against repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Rep. Schmidt headlines League event honoring women in Congress

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011

The League honored the women of the U.S. House of Representatives 112th Congress Jan. 5 in Washington, DC.

League urges Senate to reject House repeal of health care law

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011

Following yesterday’s House vote of 245-189 to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the League of Women Voters of the United States has sent a letter to the Senate urging that body to oppose repeal of the Act.

New disclosure rules apply 'truth serum' to Ohio campaigns

Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010

According to Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, new rules approved last week will apply a "truth serum" to Ohio election campaigns.

League updates state tax, finance positions through consensus

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010

The Metro Columbus League was one of 16 across the state to participate in consensus discussions on state government tax and finance positions.

Senate should join House in passing DREAM Act

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010

In correspondence with U.S. Senators George V. Voinovich and Sherrod Brown today, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus urged their support for the DREAM Act.

Bidding in full swing at holiday auction

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010

Members and friends gathered Sunday for the annual holiday brunch and auction, raising almost $3,500 to support the League's membership and advocacy efforts.

Senators should move quickly to ratify START Treaty

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010

In email correspondence with U.S. Senators George V. Voinovich and Sherrod Brown, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus today urged their support for the START Treaty.

In Memoriam: Marguerite Turnbull, 1918-2010

Friday, Nov. 19, 2010

The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus mourns the loss of Marge Turnbull, who died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday; she was 92 years old.

New START treaty essential to stable U.S./Russia relationship

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010

The League of Women Voters pressed the U.S. Senate to approve the New START treaty in a letter to the editor in The New York Times Saturday.

Senators urged to move DISCLOSE bill during lame-duck session

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

In correspondence with U.S. Senators George V. Voinovich and Sherrod Brown, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus urged support for the DISCLOSE Act.

Secret money has no place in elections

Monday, Nov. 8, 2010

With the election behind us, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus congratulates the newly elected and returning policy makers at the local, state, and federal level.

Lack of disclosure, civility should not be legacy of 2010 election

Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010

The League of Women Voters of the United States reflected on the midterm elections this week, expressing grave concern about the conduct of candidates, parties, and special interests.

Election results posted throughout Election Day night

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010

Preliminary results of today's election will be posted online and available throughout the night.

Damschroder, Wurdlow win good-government awards

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010

Franklin County Board of Elections deputy Matthew Damschroder and community leader Earl Wurdlow were presented with awards by the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government.

Ohio's swing-state status puts focus on election laws

Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010

The following is from a report issued in September by DEMOS and Common Cause.

ONN broadcasts Supreme Court candidate forum

Monday, Oct. 11, 2010

The Ohio News Network taped a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Ohio between Supreme Court Justice Judith Lanzinger and her opponent, Judge Mary Jane Trapp.

Early voting begins Tuesday; registration deadline Oct. 4

Monday, Sep. 27, 2010

Early voting for the Nov. 2 general election begins tomorrow, Sep. 28, with an opportunity to register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time continuing from tomorrow through the Oct. 4 voter registration deadline.

Renewable energy database update available

Friday, Sep. 24, 2010

League energy specialist Al Rosenfield has compiled the September report of the Ohio Renewable Energy Database.

Voters: Learn more about library levy, open meetings issue

Thursday, Sep. 16, 2010

As part of its voter service responsibility to the public, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus examines selected local ballot issues, providing pro and con arguments to help voters make an informed decision at the polls.

Constitution Day presents opportunity to register to vote

Thursday, Sep. 9, 2010

On Sep. 17 the nation will observe the 223rd anniversary of the signing of our Constitution.

League will not pursue database claim in election lawsuit

Thursday, Sep. 9, 2010

The League of Women Voters of Ohio (LWV-Ohio) announced Sep. 1 that it has resolved the final item in its historic lawsuit seeking to fix defects in the way Ohio conducts its elections.

League celebrates global democracy in Madagascar, Colombia, Azerbaijan

Thursday, Sep. 2, 2010

The Global Democracy Program at the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) continues to celebrate the League's 90th anniversary around the world.

Report demonstrates power of money in judicial elections

Thursday, Sep. 2, 2010

Has there been a money explosion in judicial elections? According to the authors of a new report, The New Politics of Judicial Elections, there has been between 2000 and 2009.

New video short, column mark importance of Women's Equality Day

Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010

A new video from the National Women's History Museum and a guest column by national League President Elisabeth MacNamara for the National Conference on Citizenship round out today's observance of Women's Equality Day.

New York Times: My favorite August

Monday, Aug. 23, 2010

New York Times columnist Gail Collins relates the decades-long struggle to achieve woman suffrage.

Women's Equality Day marks 90 years of voting rights

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010

Next Thursday, Aug. 26 marks the 90th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution that granted women the right to vote.

Columbus Dispatch: Ballot wording should be neutral, clear

Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010

According to an editorial in today's Dispatch, proposed ballot language for a Columbus City Council open meetings charter amendment must be improved so that voters can cast an informed decision.

Volunteers needed for Election Day Phone Bank

Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010

The League seeks volunteers to answer voters' questions at its Election Day Phone Bank at WBNS-10TV on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Legislature still has chance to get redistricting right

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010

On Thursday, the League of Women Voters of Ohio issued the following news release on the status of redistricting in Ohio.

Henkener to discuss ballot issues on 'All Sides with Ann Fisher' Wednesday

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010

Questions raised by the League about the wording of two issues on the November ballot will be aired on WOSU radio tomorrow, Wednesday, at 11 am.

Local ballot issues lack clear, adequate language

Monday, Aug. 9, 2010

Following is a statement by the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus, prepared by Ann Henkener for today's meeting of the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Columbus Dispatch: Voter registration gets boost at public-assistance offices

Friday, Aug. 6, 2010

According to an article in today's Columbus Dispatch, more than 100,000 low-income Ohio residents have applied to register to vote at public-assistance offices in the months after a federal court settlement on the issue.

County election boards make strides in complying with lawsuit settlement

Sunday, Jul. 25, 2010

The historic election lawsuit settlement agreement in June 2009 between the League of Women Voters of Ohio and the office of the Ohio Secretary of State (LWVO et al. v. Brunner) established new requirements for election administration.

Senators must pass climate, energy legislation

Friday, Jul. 16, 2010

In e-mail correspondence with U.S. Senators George V. Voinovich and Sherrod Brown, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus today urged support for strong climate change legislation.

New 90th anniversary video shorts demonstrate power of League

Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

Four new documentary shorts -- each under five minutes -- reveal the impact of the League of Women Voters during key points in the nation's history.

Open records law turns 44 on the Fourth of July

Saturday, Jul. 3, 2010

With another Red, White and Boom behind us, you may think the celebration of our nation’s independence is over. The League of Women Voters urges you to consider other ways to commemorate the Fourth of July.

Advocates use humor to prod lawmakers on serious issues

Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2010

Humor may have been the vehicle, but the message to Ohio lawmakers couldn’t have been more serious: Get back to work.

League files brief in lawsuit challenging Arizona immigration law

Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2010

The League of Women Voters of the United States joined with the League of Women Voters of Arizona and others in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the lawsuit challenging the recently enacted SB 1070 in Arizona.

Policy center offers ‘unthinkable’ solutions to looming budget crisis

Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2010

Just in time for the Budget Planning and Management Commission's first meeting, the Center for Community Solutions on Thursday released a white paper entitled "Thinking the Unthinkable: Finding Common Ground for Resolving Ohio's Fiscal Crisis."

DISCLOSE Act passes House, restores transparency in elections

Friday, Jun. 25, 2010

The League of Women Voters yesterday hailed the passage of campaign finance legislation by the U.S. House of Representatives as the first step in achieving greater transparency in U.S. elections.

National convention sets League agenda for next two years

Tuesday, Jun. 15, 2010

The League of Women Voters of the United States celebrated its 90th anniversary at its 49th biennial national convention this week in Atlanta, Georgia.

Columbus to weigh in on 'Our Budget, Our Economy'

Monday, Jun. 14, 2010

AmericaSpeaks: Our Budget, Our Economy will bring together citizens of all political persuasions to find common ground on tough choices about our federal budget.

Members celebrate 90 years, adopt study of land use at annual meeting

Tuesday, Jun. 8, 2010

Former Ohio schools superintendent Susan Tave Zelman brought anniversary greetings to the League from her new job at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting at last night's annual meeting at the Northwest Public Library.

Sandra Day O'Connor launches new civics education website

Wednesday, Jun. 2, 2010

A new website called iCivics has recently been launched to teach middle school students about the responsibilities of citizenship, U.S. government, history, and how to be active participants in our democracy.

Cities, county issue resolutions in honor of League's 90th

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

To salute the 90th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters, the Franklin County Commission and six area city councils proclaimed May 13 "Making Democracy Work" Day across central Ohio.

Senators lobbied to oppose amendment that would weaken Clean Air Act

Thursday, May 20, 2010

In e-mail correspondence with U.S. Senators George V. Voinovich and Sherrod Brown, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus today defended against attacks on the Clean Air Act.

Updated renewable energy database released

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The May update of the Ohio Renewable Energy Database is now available.

McCoys earn Democracy In Action award for legacy of advocacy

Friday, May 14, 2010

Friends, family, and admirers of Terry and David McCoy gathered in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium yesterday evening as the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus honored the McCoys with the Democracy In Action award.

Congress must protect 2010 elections from corporate influence

Monday, May 10, 2010

In letters to central Ohio's Congressional delegation today, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus asked lawmakers to protect 2010 elections by sponsoring and supporting the DISCLOSE Act.

Haider named Member of the Year

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Ellen Haider has been selected as Member of the Year by the board of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus.

League takes new position on public transit

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Following a year-long study of the issue and member consensus, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus has adopted a new position on public transit.

Report: Eliminating income tax is 'roadmap to ruin'

Monday, May 3, 2010

According to a new report from the Center for Community Solutions, eliminating Ohio's income tax would devastate the economy and cut services to low-income residents.

Senators urged to take strong stand on climate change

Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2010

In letters to U.S. Senators George V. Voinovich and Sherrod Brown, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus today demanded meaningful and comprehensive legislation to address climate change.

Governor, legislature, city council honor League's 90th birthday

Monday, Apr. 19, 2010

Gov. Ted Strickland hailed Apr. 14 as “Making Democracy Work Day” in honor of the League of Women Voters, while the Columbus City Council tonight lauded the League's 90th anniversary.

Redistricting report focuses on essential principles

Thursday, Mar. 25, 2010

The League of Women Voters of the United States and the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) today released the final report and summary of the 2009 conference Developing an Action Agenda for Redistricting in 2011.

Health care reform represents 'historic milestone'

Monday, Mar. 22, 2010

Mary G. Wilson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States, released the following statement after last night's House vote on health care.

Forum presents new ways to think about public transit

Friday, Mar. 19, 2010

"Beyond the Bus?" -- last night's public forum -- featured two local transportation and planning leaders along with an activist for more accessible public transit.

League president to Chief Justice Roberts: Buck up, listen to public

Thursday, Mar. 18, 2010

In a hard-hitting letter published Monday in The Washington Post, Mary G. Wilson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States, suggested that the highest court in the nation would be smart to take recent criticism to heart.

Secretary of State develops new website for college student voters

Friday, Mar. 12, 2010

A new resource announced Wednesday provides college students with the information they need to ensure they can vote.

New educational materials focus on health care, arms control

Thursday, Mar. 11, 2010

The League's national Health Care Education Task Force has released two new background papers, and the Task Force to Review the Arms Control Position seeks input from League members on a proposed concurrence.

Redistricting forum offers resources for citizens, activists

Thursday, Mar. 4, 2010

A redistricting forum Monday brought together a number of experts and policy makers who offered perspectives on the sticky subject of how to draw the political lines for the next decade.

Support Democracy In Action as sponsor, patron, advertiser

Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010

Support the League of Women Voters and our premier citizenship award, Democracy In Action, by becoming a sponsor, patron, or advertiser. Add your personal or corporate congratulations to this year's honorees, Terry and David McCoy.

Statehouse launches new website for Ladies' Gallery

Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010

In celebration of Women's History Month, the Ohio Statehouse today unveiled a new website that will serve as a resource for Ohio women in government and the Suffrage movement of the early 1900s.

Campaign finance updates needed in wake of court decision

Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case, League of Women Voters national President Mary G. Wilson sent a letter to the U.S. Senate yesterday urging an update of campaign finance laws.

American institution turns 90 Feb. 14

Friday, Feb. 5, 2010

The League of Women Voters celebrates its 90th birthday this year, with the official anniversary occurring next Sunday, Feb. 14.

Lossing Jones selected for national League fellowship

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010

Metro Columbus League member Donna Marie Lossing Jones has been selected by the League of Women Voters of the United States as a Fellow of the newly endowed Ruth S. Shur Leadership Institute.

Voters' choices, not politicians', should prevail in redistricting

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010

The following news release was issued Monday by the League of Women Voters of Ohio.

Wilson urges Congress to act quickly in aftermath of Supreme Court decision

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010

The League of Women Voters today testified before the Committee on House Administration in a hearing entitled "Defining the Future of Campaign Finance in an Age of Supreme Court Activism."

Shwartz recognized for lifetime achievement in pro-choice activism

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010

Longtime Metro Columbus League member Phyllis Shwartz received a Lifetime Achievement award for supporting reproductive choice at last night's dinner commemorating the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Supreme Court decision sets off revolution in campaign finance

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010

The following is a statement by Mary G. Wilson, national president of the League of Women Voters, on today's Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

Senators lobbied to oppose attack on Clean Air Act

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010

In e-mail correspondence to U.S. Senators George V. Voinovich and Sherrod Brown, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus today urged against weakening of the Clean Air Act and asked the Senators to vote against the Murkowski Amendment.

New report outlines importance of stimulus funds to Ohio's economy

Monday, Jan. 18, 2010

According to a policy brief issued early this month by the Center for Community Solutions in Cleveland, federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act have preserved thousands of jobs in Ohio during this recession.

Ohio ranks close to bottom in alternative energy

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010

According to an updated renewable energy database prepared by League energy specialist Al Rosenfield, Ohio continues to lag the nation in alternative energy.

Legislature fixes budget shortfall with tax freeze

Monday, Dec. 21, 2009

Governor Ted Strickland and lawmakers were able to find a compromise solution to close the $851 million budget deficit, and on Thursday approved HB 318 (Sykes), Tax Freeze.

Federal lawsuit settlement to help low-income Ohioans register to vote

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009

Low-income Ohio citizens will be ensured access to voter registration at Ohio public assistance offices as a result of a settlement agreement submitted to Federal District Court Judge Patricia A. Gaughan over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Judicial forum produces plan to change election of Ohio judges

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009

The conveners of a two-day state conference that concluded Nov. 20 announced that they will work to build a coalition to support amending the Ohio Constitution to eliminate judicial elections.

Alternative energy panel debates science, politics

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009

From wind turbines on Lake Erie to smarter collaboration between OSU and Battelle, ideas for solving the energy and climate change crisis abounded at last night's forum on green energy policy.

New democracy contest aimed at social studies students, teachers

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009

Forget Monopoly. Forget the game of Life. A few students from Purdue have teamed up to put together a more exciting and interactive game, called the Digital Democracy Contest, that requires maneuvering watchdog websites sites.

In Memoriam: Terry McCoy, 1939-2009

Friday, Oct. 2, 2009

Metro League member and League leader Terry McCoy died in her sleep overnight; she was 70 years old.

Ohio earns A in health care, D in housing on national report card

Monday, Sep. 28, 2009

Last week, Policy Matters Ohio and the Corporation for Enterprise Development released a comprehensive state-by-state assessment of family financial security, giving Ohio a "C" average on its policies supporting struggling families.

New health care reform resources answer voters' questions

Thursday, Sep. 24, 2009

Two new resources are available to help compare various proposals and to separate myth from fact in the health care reform debate.

Voter newsletter 'goes green'

Friday, Sep. 4, 2009

After the current issue of the League's Voter, available now, the newsletter will only be available online or in print copies offered to members with limited or no Internet access.

Analysis offers insight into League's lawsuit against Ohio

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009

Linda D. Lalley, immediate past president of the League of Women Voters of Ohio and chief lawsuit negotiator, offers the following answers to common questions about the League's recently settled lawsuit.

Pearlman authors national article on health care

Friday, Aug. 14, 2009

Eleanor Pearlman, a Metro Columbus League member and health care specialist for the League of Women Voters of Ohio, has written an article now featured on the national League website.

Election reform plan includes League recommendations

Monday, Aug. 10, 2009

Last Tuesday, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Reps. Dan Stewart and Tracy Heard, both of Columbus, unveiled an election system reform bill that they hope will be implemented in time for the 2010 elections.

Henkener attends national redistricting conference

Friday, Jul. 31, 2009

Last week in Pocantico, New York, Ann Henkener attended a national conference on redistricting hosted by the League of Women Voters.

Redistricting contest proves that better lines can be drawn

Monday, Jun. 22, 2009

On Thursday, the League of Women Voters of Ohio announced the results of the Ohio Redistricting Competition, a project years in the making. Stuart Wright, a Metro Columbus League member, submitted one of three winning plans.

State settles historic election lawsuit with League of Women Voters

Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2009

The League of Women Voters of Ohio, the League of Women Voters of Toledo-Lucas County, and a dozen Ohio citizens reached a historic agreement with the State of Ohio to fix defects in the way Ohio conducts its federal elections.

Pearlman named to national health care task force

Wednesday, Jun. 10, 2009

Eleanor Pearlman, a Metro Columbus League member and health care specialist for the State League Lobby Corps, was appointed this week to the League's national Health Care Education Task Force.

U.S. Supreme Court rules for recusal when big donors involved

Monday, Jun. 8, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that judges should disqualify themselves from hearing cases to which donors are party if their contributions create the appearance of bias.

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