Are You Registered to Vote?

Over 32,000 voters in Montgomery and Greene Counties were purged from the voter rolls last year, a process allowed by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to clear the databases of inactive voters. League partners at the Ohio Unity Coalition set up this easy-to-use web portal where you can verify that you are still registered. If you are not, you will need to (re)register by 11 October to vote in the November general election. You can also check the complete listing of voters purged in your county: Greene or Montgomery (the files are rather large).

Broad Influence: How Women are Changing the Way America Works

In a historic night in American political history, twenty-six women met at Barnes & Noble on 26 July to discuss Broad Influence by Jay Newton-Small. This book shows how a “critical mass” of women in politics can change political operations, workplace comfort zones, and the future of America. It seemed the ghosts of the suffragist movement were watching. The group of women was diverse, with generational perspectives a key part of the discussion. Older women remembered, as professionals, being mistaken for secretaries or aides; the lack of available bathrooms in professional spaces; being excluded from decisions, despite their positions in their organizations. Younger women reported a comfort level in the current work force: a need to be surrounded by people of diverse talents; the ability to separate kindness from weakness, and to resist becoming strident while remaining firm.

The idea of “critical mass” was emphasized. One woman at a meeting of men would be ignored or asked to leave. Two might be tolerated, but also ignored. Three women, however, would be recognized and would be able to make a difference. The author makes this point from the outset, citing the ability of women U.S. Senators to negotiate a compromise and keep the government open for business. In this election year, this book is a “must read” for those who care about the political process and the survival of our democracy. Remember: the League is here to “Make Democracy Work”.

Broad Influence book discussion
Barbara Buddendeck (LWVGDA - standing) moderates the discussion of Broad Influence by Jay Newton-Small.