I’m proud to announce I am co-hosting a new podcast, What Would Alice Paul Do?, about demystifying what it means to be part of the League of Women Voters.
I’m co-hosting with my good friend, Amy Hjerstedt, who is a board member for the national League of Women Voters. We served together as co-chairs of the LWV’s Young People’s Taskforce from 2012-2014, and we had a blast. See our toolkit for engaging younger members [PDF]. I’m glad we are partnering up again.
On What Would Alice Paul Do? Podcast, we share stories, tips and how-tos to make sure you have the tools and confidence to actively engage your community.
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Your vote is your voice! Make sure you’re registered to vote and you’ll be able to vote Tuesday, Nov. 3.
In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2015, we want to make sure no one is left out. On September 22, 2015, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” for National Voter Registration Day.
This single day of coordinated ﬁeld, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities–allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters who we could not reach otherwise.
If you are already registered to vote but have moved within Ohio and/or changed your name, you must update your voter registration. Click here to learn how to update your voter registration.
In Hamilton County, Ohio, you can:
- Check if you are registered.
- Find out if you are registered.
- You can download the voter registration form.
- You can update your registration with a new name or address.
Booyah! Today marks 90 years of women’s suffrage, and I know people older than my right to vote. Happy Women’s Equality Day!
Check out Iron Jawed Angels. Below is the trailer.
In May, I was elected president of the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area. It’s quite an honor, and I’ve learned a lot about my leadership style since taking the volunteer job. It’s been such a great leadership development opportunity and is much cheaper than the worthwhile C-Change (bargain!).
Nonpartisan voting information for Ohio is available at SmartVoter.org, a Web site managed by the League of Women Voters. Here you can get candidate and issue information. You can also get a sample ballot. Remember you’ll see eight presidential tickets on the Ohio ballot. Here is a list of all presidential tickets, including write-ins.
Other links for voters in Ohio:
- Find your county in Ohio on SmartVoter
- See if you are you registered in Ohio (Ohio Sec. of State)
- Find your polling place in Ohio (Ohio Sec. of State)
- Information about what ID is needed at the polls
Hamilton County is fully participating on SmartVoter with candidate and issue information for county offices and city and village issues.
Highlights on SmartVoter for Hamilton County:
- Hamilton County SmartVoter website
- Cincinnati Issue 7 (red light cameras)
- Cincinnati Issue 8 (proportional representation)
- All ballot issues in Hamilton County
Find more information about voting and elections in Southwest Ohio at the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area.
Ohio, you’re so fun, especially during election time. I know I’m in the minority, but I have been enjoying the flurry of mostly local campaign ads and direct mailers in this final gasp of the election season.
I can contribute this euphoria to three personal and selfish items:
- I’ve been able to avoid all robo-calls…so far.
- My volunteer project with the Cincy League of Women Voters’, (the production of the printed and electronic versions of the candidate/issues guides) is complete. I do love the sound of 100,000 copies of the Who & What hitting the pavement around town.
- My absentee ballot has returned to its mother ship at the Board of Elections.
So for me, its all over but the shoutin’ and the countin’. In celebration, I’ve created an Ohio playlist to inspire during this final week of election mania (Listed by song, artist and website to listen).
- Carmen Ohio by Ohio State Marching Band (OSU Mp3)
- Ohio by Crosby Stills Nash & Young (YouTube with history clips )
- Down on the Banks of the Ohio by Blue Sky Boys (YouTube)
- Look at Miss Ohio by Gillian Welch (Last.fm)
- Cincinnati, Ohio by Connie Smith (YouTube. Ain’t she cute?)
- South of Cincinnati by Dwight Yoakam (YouTube. This is really about Kentucky but I love any song with Cincinnati in it)
- Ohio by Over the Rhine (YouTube)
- Hang On Sloopy by Ohio State Marching Band (OSU Mp3)
- Ohio from “Wonderful Town” (Passionato)
Any other suggestions?
Who they are, directly from their website:
“Our work will focus exclusively on truly important stories, stories with “moral force.” We will do this by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them.”
You, like me, have probably witnessed many meetings where Robert’s Rules of Order, the popular parliamentary procedure, was used. It’s the go-to guide for deliberative bodies to conduct meetings in the United States.
But is Robert’s still relevant today?
No one gets over his or her first time witnessing Robert’s in action. I was first exposed while watching my college’s student government meeting. Nothing prepared me for seeing thirty 20-years-olds in deliberative furor.
Robert’s can be intimidating. It can be tedious and can be used to bully people who may not understand its intricacies. Maybe there’s a better system. The politicos use Mason’s Manual, the United Kingdom has the Westminster system. I never did crack the spine of Thomas Jefferson’s Manual of Parliamentary Practice, which I bought at a souvenir shop in near Independence Hall. (As to why, I have no idea.)
New York Times tackles the issue of Robert’s in this essay by Rachel Donadio. Robert’s was embraced and later abandoned by the radical movements of the 1960s. “(Robert’s) institutionalizes a win-lose mentality, when often there are close decisions in which both sides need representation” said Tom Hayden, former leader of the Students for a Democratic Society, in the article. That certainly doesn’t sound good.
But, Robert’s does get things done. It can harness the chaos, at least for a while. Personally, I have a new appreciation after attending the League of Women Voters national convention in June. Locked in plenary sessions for four days, nearly 700 delegates debated and deliberated on a whole, whole lot of issues. By using the Rules, all of us got out alive and tons of stuff was decided.
Thanks for the time limits, Major Robert.