At the rescheduled annual meeting of the Chester County League of Voters (LWVCC), Board members Mary Lou Dondero, President of the Voters Department, and Meryle Rothman, Past Members President, were honored for their extraordinary services. Marking its 101st anniversary, the Chester County League dates back to the founding of the (National) League of Women Voters in 1920 and has been continuously active since that time. Shortly after the December 4, 1919 annual convention of the Chester County Woman Suffrage Party, the members dissolved their organization and reorganized as the Chester County League of Women Citizens, soon changing “Citizens” to “Voters”. Over the years, the local LWV has undergone some minor name changes, mostly based on geography, and divided into “units”. However, for several years the organization has been known as the League of Women Voters of Chester County.
Although its members are encouraged to be personally active politically, when representing or speaking on behalf of the LWV, they must be completely non-partisan in this strictly non-partisan organization, as are all leagues and national members. state and local. The goal of LWVCC is to serve the local community by promoting informed and active citizen participation in government and by acting in selected government positions. As President Susan Carty recently said, “Education and action are our raison d’être, the League of Women Voters! “
The 200+ members of LWVCC, representing more than 25 county communities, focus on 14 county positions, including county government, health department and library system, police officers and district judges. , land use, solid waste, energy, housing, minors and criminals. Justice.
The 18 state posts include electoral laws, judicial and legislative structure and practices, land use, natural gas extraction, children’s health and welfare, family matters and laws, education and transport.
Among the 51 items on the national agenda are voting rights, the electoral process, individual freedoms, congress and presidency, international relations, U.S. relations with developing countries, military policy, and spending. defense, natural resources, air quality, energy, water resources, waste management. and agricultural policies. In addition, LWV has positions on social and fiscal policies such as employment, public education, equal rights, fiscal and immigration policies, and human trafficking to name a few. -a.
At their annual meeting in January, the LWVCC and leagues across the country will meet and each league will choose which of the many positions it will focus on over the coming year.
The LWVCC is well known for moderating candidate forums and debates, organizing voter registration events, holding public meetings on issues such as immigration and juvenile justice, distributing election information and providing the Vote411 system, and distribute its annual legislative directory to county officials in Washington DC, Harrisburg and West Chester.