ACLU in Federal Court to Urge Ohio's Restrictive Voting Law Be Halted

The American Civil Liberties Union will present arguments in federal court on Monday, 11 August, seeking to have early voting opportunities restored for Ohioans in time for the November midterm election. The group filed a preliminary injunction motion in June asking the court to block enforcement of the law and directive which slashed early voting opportunities in Ohio, prior to full trial and in time for the midterm election. The ACLU and the ACLU of Ohio brought the complaint on behalf of the Ohio Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, and several African-American churches.

"Cuts to early voting hurt working Ohioans who need early in-person voting but have inflexible work schedules, childcare duties or other responsibilities that make getting to the Board of Elections during normal business hours nearly impossible," said ACLU of Ohio Managing Attorney Freda Levenson. "Instead of seeking to limit opportunities to vote, officials should welcome the restoration of weekend and evening early voting to ensure that Ohioans continue to be able to participate in our democracy." More information about this case is available at

Dayton League in the National Spotlight

The League of Women Voters Greater Dayton Area has been named a finalist for the LWVUS "Power: Our Voices, Our Votes" Award, for our high-impact visibility. Congratulations to our Membership & Leadership Development (MLD) team led by President Elect Patty Skilken, Committee Chair Gretchen Carter Moore, and Greene County Representative and regional MLD coach Janis James for making us one of 100 local Leagues to grow its membership by 10% or more. We have grown by over 18% in 2013, largely due to the new Quarterly Meetings which bring members and newcomers together to chat over dinner.

Our Public Relations team led by Susan Darcy with Peggy Berry (social media), Rita Peterson (website) and Nancy Brown (press releases) teamed with our MLD team to communicate the inspiring story of the suffragists and the founding of the League. They improved the website, revised the Linkedin Account, opened a Twitter Account and made sure our Facebook page gives a daily dose of history and League activity. The PR team created a database of local newspapers, community calendars, radio and television stations to promote our work. We also teamed with local cable TV to inform the public on issues of importance, and make a DVD on Voting Absentee.

Winners will be chosen by member vote on the LWVUS Website. Click the link, vote for our League, and read about other dynamic local Leagues and their inspiring accomplishments.

About our League

The League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area (LWVGDA) is one of the first Leagues established in 1920 after passage of the 19th amendment, making it a proud and direct descendent of the women’s suffrage movement. Over 250 members strong, LWVGDA encompasses both Montgomery and Greene Counties, and is an active partner of the State of Ohio League and the League of Women Voters U.S. The League is nonpartisan, and neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate, but does take action on issues following careful study and member consensus. All women and men eligible to vote are invited to join League. It’s not just about having the right to vote, it’s about what we do with it.