Advocates hope to charter League of Women Voters

Jon Hawley

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Advocates for voter engagement, public education and other issues are inviting people to help establish a League of Women Voters chapter for northeastern North Carolina.

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Well, said, Ms. Meads.

I have had personal experience with a local League of Women Voters and I can assure you, the agenda was all about liberal politics. Looking at those interviewed for this piece, same political leanings. Look at the positions nationally the organization advocates, same interests. Civics are taught in schools. There are enough political agendas in schools as is. We certainly do not need any more bias promoted as education.

See Political Agenda

at http://www.lwv.org The typical left wing agenda under a misleading name!

Understatement

"Swain, Witosky and Harris don’t always see eye-to-eye with Republicans." How about never! The NCAE and NAACP should not be allowed access in public school classrooms for politics, no matter what name they take.

wow

Wow, I am impressed! You know all three of these individuals and have really discussed ALL their political views and can honestly say they never see eye-to-eye with republicans! I would guess based on your statement that you see eye to eye with EVERY republican thought, idea, statement, etc.. Wow! Oh yeah, you did read and see that the article was about The League Of Women Voters and NOT the NCAE or NAACP.

Be Involved

The article veered from what The League was about to personal beliefs and activities of the individuals he interviewed. Trying to create controversy? Some comments from the article: "advocate civic engagement", "fight voter apathy and create good governance", "voter education", "informed political engagement". In fact it stated that goals had yet to be established. From Betsy Meads: "Education is about information on all aspects..." Doesn't sound too different! My suggestion: Ms. Meads should join and see for herself what The League's goals are for our area. Be a part of leading our area to become better informed citizens. Or is she in favor of voter apathy, low information, and low participation in our government?

I am involved and not afraid to Use my Name..

By the way I stand for Voter participation, not voter manipulation. And while I hold dear the right to vote I hold just as dear the freedom to decide to use that right. Believe it or not, there have been incidences in Pasquotank County where individuals were "forced" to vote. Betsy Meads

At sixteen

your priorities should not be about voting. They are just beginning to enter the adult world and need to focus on learning to drive and getting themselves on track for a career to support their future. There will always be the occasional sixteen year old that is interested and ready for politics but for the vast majority let the sixteens concentrate on other issues at this time in their life.

I agree.

I agree wholeheartedly with Betsy Meads. She knows what she's talking about.

This is what is scary....

"Both women hope the League of Women Voters can get into classrooms and show teens why politics matter." High school students should learn the history of political parties and not a one sided view of any organization, including Republicans. Should this group be allowed in the schools, based on this article, I will be a vocal and strong opponent. My view differs from the League of Women Voters and their stance on the new Voting Laws, primarily because of my nine years on the Pasquotank County Board of Elections. During that time our voting laws were relaxed with little opposition. Here is a breakdown of the significant changes of the new law: 1) a 17 year old who will be 18 by the November General Election may register and vote in the May Primaries as has been the case from 1972 to 2009. Only 6 states now allow 16 and 17 year olds to preregister. While this may encourage some youth participation, these young adults are mobile and often have moved prior to being able to vote, inflating registration roles. There is also a cost to verifying these registrations during biannual mandatory list maintenance. During my tenure of the board, required registration drives at the schools showed little or no interest in registering. Many students asked if they would win anything by registering. In reference to the Moral Monday stand on voting issues which would leave you to believe that North Carolina had the strictest voting rights in the nation, Consider these points: - North Carolina is now one of 34 states which have laws requiring some type of Voter ID. I can tell you from experience that the majority of voters, Democratic or Republican, black or white, agree that Voter ID is needed. This is apparent on election day, when voters come in and act surprised and alarmed that we didn't require an ID. - North Carolina has eliminated the practice of Straight Party voting, only 14 other states still allow it. - Democrats were always at the top of the ballot, now it will be the party whose nominee for Governor received the most votes in the last Gubernatorial election. - Shortens the early voting period. North Carolina is one of 28 states that has no excuse absentee voting. Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and most of our northern states only vote on election day and still require an excuse to receive an absentee ballot. Even though Virginia only votes on Election Day, they regularly have a better voter turnout than North Carolina. Regardless, NC voters of all political parties enjoy early voting and the week and a half time frame will prove sufficient. North Carolina is one of only twelve states that required one stop sites to be open at least one Saturday or Sunday. In Pasquotank, voters will be able to vote until 8:00 p.m for the seven weekdays of early voting and both Saturdays during the primary. - Eliminates same day registration. A fraud waiting to happen. These are several instances that are recorded in BOE minutes of Pasquotank County of problems with same day registration: Inebriated persons being brought in by another party, registering and the other party voting the ballot; ECSU employees (one was a candidate's brother) transporting and forcing students to register to vote here under protest from the students and their parents; one voter registered with a fraudulent NC License (the number belonged to a woman and the voter was male), he was notified that his ballot would not be counted unless appropriate ID was tendered and he brought in another NC Driver's license and his vote counted. Now ONLY Ohio offers Same Day Registration and Voting during the early voting period. That's right, NC was one of only two states that offered this. - Prohibits online voter registration. It was already illegal, but the NC State Board allowed it with a Democratic operative leading up to the 2012 Presidential Election. This company was paid per registration by the Obama campaign (also illegal) and it allowed a young man in Miami Fl to register in Miami and Elizabeth City on the very same day. - Requires all voting systems, beginning in 2018, to produce a paper ballot. - Prohibits Lobbyists from bundling campaign contributions. - Requires the BOE to accept notices from more sources to remove deceased voters from the roles. These are the significant changes to NC Voting Laws and in my opinion, certainly do not warrant the hysteria of the Moral Monday group, given our laws are more progressive that many of the liberal leaning states. Frankly, political activism does not belong in our education system by either party. Education is about information on all aspects giving a young adult the necessary information to decide for themselves if they want to vote and how they want to vote. Voting is a personal decision, and while I encourage young and old to register and vote, we live in a country that allows us the freedom to make that choice. Again, I repeat, expect opposition if this group is allowed into the schools to provide one side of a multi-faceted discussion. Betsy Meads

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