League of Women Voters Celebrates 92nd Birthday
League president urges public to “Power the Vote”
Asheville- The League of Women Voters will celebrate its 92nd birthday on February 14. Founded in 1920 after winning the battle to get women the right to vote, the organization has become synonymous with education and information, especially around elections and voting.
“The League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County is one of more than 800 Leagues in all 50 states,” said League Co-President Barb Panarites. “Since 1920, our goal has been to educate and inform. We respect all points of view; we don’t endorse or oppose any candidate or political party. This is what sets us apart from so many organizations, and it is why we are one of America’s most trusted organizations.”
“Our work helps to bridge the gap between voters and elected officials,” said Panarites. “From registering new voters to holding candidate debates and town hall meetings on important – and sometimes controversial – issues, League leaders in Asheville and Buncombe County are working to inform the public about issues that impact their lives and giving them avenues to express their opinions.”
“The most basic and important of these avenues is voting. It is our hope that everyone will make their voices heard this election year by ‘powering the vote.’ In Buncombe County, League members will be assisting citizens in this process this year by registering voters, providing candidate and election information online, and hosting candidate debates,” continued Panarites.
The League’s one-stop election information site, www.vote411.org, is extremely popular. It contains answers to frequently asked questions, such as where do I vote, what are the polling place hours, and how do I get an absentee ballot, as well as candidate information.
Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages. For more information about the League (including how to join), visit www.ablwv.org. The League will host a public forum on Asheville’s water system on Monday, February 13th at 7pm at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, and the next League event will be a “Redistricting in North Carolina: A Public Discussion” held on Wednesday, February 22nd at 7pm at the Jewish Community Center.
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 in the League is open to men and women of all ages. With 92 years of experience and 800 local and state affiliates, the League is one of America’s most trusted grassroots organizations.