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Voter issues forum set April 8

Presented by the League of Women Voters of Sussex County
Mar 25, 2014

The League of Women Voters of Sussex County will present a free public forum on issues affecting national, state, and local voter rights Tuesday, April 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the conference room of the Beebe Medical Arts Building on John Williams Highway (Rt. 24), Rehoboth.

There will be a panel of three speakers discussing various aspects of national and Delaware voting rights issues.

Charlotte King, president, League of Women Voters of Delaware, will discuss recent actions taken by the U.S. Supreme Court and some states across the country that impact voting rights. King will also present the positions held by the national LWV concerning voter rights.

Elaine Manlove, Delaware State Election commissioner and chair, Title 15 Election Law Task Force, will present the findings of the task force. Senate Concurrent Resolution, SCR20, created the task force in August, 2013. This concurrent resolution established an Election Law Task Force to comprehensively review Title 15: Elections and make recommendations on how to improve this Title by March 30, 2014.

Sandy Spence, chair, League Women Voters Delaware Advocacy Corps, will discuss current voting and elections issues under consideration in the General Assembly that the committee is supporting, opposing or monitoring based on state and national league policy positions. The advocacy corps is comprised of LWVDE's eight volunteer registered lobbyists and other members who support their work through research, writing statements and letters, and representing LWVDE at coalition meetings.

The panel will be available after the presentations for a question and answer period.

Voting is a basic human right that assures all U.S. citizens have a say in their government. Changes in voter rights laws can and will impact the outcome of elections. A knowledgeable electorate is the best way to insure that changes to voter rights laws are fair and encourage more voters to express their opinion at the ballot box.

To learn more about upcoming events and how to become a member of the League of Women Voters of Sussex County go to www.sussexlwv.org.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership is open to men and women of all ages. With 800 affiliates across the country, the League is one of the nation’s most trusted organizations.

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