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In just one month volunteers throughout Ohio collected over 100,000 signatures on petitions to reform the process of drawing Congressional districts. This was a tremendous effort and we need to keep rolling to get the over 300,000 valid signatures needed to get the initiative on the ballot in 2018. There are still lots of opportunities to get involved. If you have not yet been trained to circulate the petition, the League is conducting another Fair Districts training on Saturday August 5 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Community Action Agency, 1740 Langdon Farm Rd. in Cincinnati. Or you can take the training online at, then stop by the League office to log out a petition. The League of Women Voters of Ohio is sponsoring a booth at the Ohio State Fair to help register voters and collect petition signatures. The fair runs from July 26 through August 6, 2017, and the booth must be staffed from 10 am to 9 pm daily. The League booth is in the North Marketplace, which is an indoor air-conditioned building. If you can take a shift or two, sign up on the Events page of Ohio has a distribution requirement for the valid signatures. Petitioners must submit signatures equal to 5% of the county's total number of gubernatorial votes cast in the last election from 44 of Ohio's 88 counties. Hamilton County is one of only a few counties to have reached its 5% requirement in the first month, along with Adams, Athens, Delaware, Franklin, Greene, Licking and Mercer Counties. However, in addition to the county threshold, there is a 10% statewide requirement. So the Cincinnati Area League needs to keep collecting signatures in Hamilton County to help meet the larger state goal, while also focusing on Butler, Warren, and Clermont Counties.

Background: Ohio's Congressional districts are crazy shapes designed by political gerrymandering* to benefit one party. This is a nonpartisan issue. Both parties make use of gerrymandering to draw districts when they are in control. LWVO and other nonpartisan organizations drafted a citizens petition to get an Ohio constitutional amendment on the ballot to reform the Congressional districting process. The proposal will require:

  • Bipartisan support for a map to be enacted;
  • No plan shall favor or disfavor a political party or candidate;
  • The district map-drawing process should be open, transparent and accountable to the public; and
  • Districts must keep communities together and be compact.

The steadfast work of over 2,000 volunteers statewide produced tens of thousands of petitions so far from all 88 Ohio Counties. The petitions are turned in at regional sites like the LWVCA office and then delivered to the Ohio LWV office in Columbus where they are taken through the following process:

  • Review each booklet and the signatures for legal compliance.
  • Log all signatures into a voter data base to verify eligible signatures.
  • A new Ohio state law requires that an electronic file index is created and is sent to the State along with the paper petitions. Each page (including blank pages) of each petition booklet is scanned and saved as a separate file. This is a time consuming process.
  • Process state totals county-by county to identify which counties need focus. Need 44 counties with 5% of voters from the last gubernatorial election.

So let's keep the pipeline full of petitions with valid signatures and put Fair Districts on the ballot to give Ohio voters the opportunity to end gerrymandering.

  • The word gerrymandering began in 1812 as a reaction to Massachusetts' Governor Elbridge Gerry's redrawing of the state's election districts. In order to benefit his political party, the district lines were said to resemble the shape of a salamander.

For more information about Fair Districts Ohio click here

LWVCA on WVXU to discuss Redistricting Reform

The League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area joins 91.7 FM WVXU's Cincinnati Edition to discuss efforts to reform the redistricting process in Ohio. Listen now!

Primary Election for Cincinnati Mayor - May 2, 2017

There is a primary election for Cincinnati mayor on May 2, 2017. This is a non-partisan election. Any qualified voter living in the City of Cincinnati can cast a vote for any of the candidates; no one will ask whether you are Democrat or Republican.

Three candidates are running Yvette Simpson, John Cranley, and Rob Richardson, Jr. The two candidates with the most votes will have a run-off election in November.

Early voting begins on April 4 at the new Board of Elections office in Norwood. NOTE: It is no longer possible to vote downtown. You must go to the new office in Norwood in April or wait until Election Day, May 2, and vote at the polling place in your neighborhood. It is also possible to vote by mail by requesting an absentee ballot from the Board of Elections at 513 632-7000

The Latest News for Election 2016 Vote Sign

LWVCA is working hard to educate voters this election. Make sure you are registered to vote! Get access to unbiased nonpartisan information through our Voter Guides both online and printed.

Find out how you can get involved and get informed.

Nancy DawleyLeague helps you become informed voter

"'Uninformed voter' is not a fatal disease that should keep anyone from voting," writes Nancy Dawley, LWVCA president. "In fact, all people are uninformed at some point in each election. This malady is easily cured by checking out and learning something about the candidates and issues. The League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area can help."

Read more from Dawley's October 5, 2016 letter-to-the-editor in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area joins Cincinnati Edition on WVXU to talk about the educational activities of the League.WVXU Interview: Voter Education Opportunities From The League Of Women Voters

On October 1, 1920, the executive committee of the League of Women Voters of Cincinnati held its first meeting. Since then the organization has worked to encourage active and informed citizen participation in our government, providing nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process and issues. Joining us from the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area to discuss the organization's voter education and information efforts are volunteer and board member Melissa Currence; Office Manager Lisa Williams-Nelson; and volunteer Ernest Mowell. Listen now!

LWV Ballot Issue EndorsementsThe League of Women Voters supports Issue 44: Cincinnati Public Schools Levy.

The Board of the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area voted to endorse and support the Cincinnati Public School Levy on the November ballot. The League is nonpartisan and does not support candidates, but based on its positions, it may endorse ballot issues.

The Education Committee followed the Cincinnati Preschool Promise initiative for two years before making a recommendation to support the program.

Read more about our endorsement.

This election is too important to sit out. Watch the #presidentialdebate to find out where the candidates stand on issues you care about. Your Guide to Debate Watching

Candidate debates have a long history in American politics. At every level of government--from city council to state legislature, from Congress to President of the United States--candidates participate in debates to help voters understand who and what they stand for.

When it comes to figuring out how to get the most out of debate-watching (and having fun while doing it!), League of Women Voters has your back.

Get your Debate Watching toolkit today!

Nancy DawleyHere's how you know Ohio election not rigged

League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area President Nancy Dawley published a letter-to-the-editor on August 22, 2016 in the Cincinnati Enquirer about Ohio's election systems.

"Ohio voters need not be concerned that their ballots will not be counted as the voter intended," Dawley writes, "because three Ohio laws and procedures protect the integrity of the ballot: Voter Verified Paper Audit Train (VVPAT), Election Administration Plan (EAP), and Ohio's 'Noah's Ark' system of election administration."

Read more in Dawley's letter-to-the-editor.

Watch Iron Jawed Angels with the League of Women Voters on Saturday, Sept 24, 2016

Iron Jawed Angels the filmLWVCA and Cincinnati World Cinema invites you to watch a screening of Iron Jawed Angels, the story of how women gained the right to vote in 1920. We are hosting this powerful film because history and the right to vote truly matter; and because informed voices need to be heard at all levels of government. We encourage family attendance by grandmothers, mothers, and daughters as well as educators and students.

We will be hosting screenings on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Showboat Majestic. Learn more and get your tickets today!

What we accomplished in 2015-2016

With you help, the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area made a big difference in making democracy work in our community. See more in our Impact Statement for 2015-2016.

Have you been purged? Check your voter registration!

The Ohio Secretary of State removed over 12,000 registered voters from the Hamilton County voting rolls, making them ineligible to vote in the November election. Learn how to make sure you can vote in November!

Making Democracy Work Award Honoree Mimi Gingold

Mimi Gingold and her husband, Alphonse Gerhardstein, are receiving the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area's inaugural Making Democracy Work Award because of their accomplishments in empowering citizens to shape better communities. Read more from Mimi on her life's work. (Jan. 26, 2016)


Get the latest election news from LWVCA! Vote Sign

LWVCA is working hard to educate voters this election. Make sure you are registered to vote! Get access to unbiased nonpartisan information through our Voter Guides both online and printed. Find out how you can get involved and get informed.

League of Women Voters of Ohio Announces Position on Fall Ballot Issues (PDF) LWV Ballot Issue Endorsements

LWV Ohio Board has adopted the following positions on the state-wide issues:

  • Issue 1 - Support: We have been a staunch supporter of the need for redistricting reform in Ohio and have been advocating for such reform for the last forty years.
  • Issue 2 - Support: We support Issue 2 because it protects the constitution as a document of general principles
  • Issue 3 - Oppose: We oppose Issue 3 because the constitution should be a document of general principles.
Find out the reasoning behind these positions in the press release from the LWV of Ohio (PDF). The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes any political party or candidate, but uses thorough research to craft public policy positions. Find out more about our positions.

LWVCA is working hard on Issue 1. Find out how you can get involved.

Cincinnati Enquirer Editorial: Yes on Issue 1 to end politics as usual

The Editorial Board of the Cincinnati Enquirer has endorsed State Issue 1, citing Issue 1 has been endorsed not only by the state Republican and Democratic parties but also the League of Women Voters, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio AFL-CIO, the American Civil Liberties Union and others. (Cincinnati Enquirer, Oct. 21, 2015)

Column: League: Don't forget to vote for Issue 1

LWVCA President Nancy Dawley urges Ohio voters not to forget Issue 1 in the furor of media ads about the other election issues. Issue 1 creates long-awaited reform of Ohio's process for drawing legislative district lines. It may be low profile, but it is very important in ensuring fair elections. (Cincinnati Enquirer, Oct. 11, 2015)

LWVCA hosts visitors from six countries through the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. LWVCA Hosts Visitors from U.S. Department of State's International Visitors Leadership Program

The League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area hosted an exchange with visitors from six countries through the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. The visit, coordinated by the Greater Cincinnati Global Council, highlighted perspectives on youth participation in elections, women's rights, and democracy in action. (September 30, 2015)

Column: Democracy is not a spectator sport!

Our VP Elizabeth Brown talks about on why it is important for voters to learn about the issues and asks Anderson Township voters to attend our election forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 14 at the Anderson Center (September 16, 2015)

LWVCA sends letter-to-editor on Charter School Reform

We deplore the fact that, to date, elected officials have not shown much enthusiasm for correcting a failed system. (Aug. 27, 2015)

LWV Ohio Releases Report Showing Legislative Districts Rigged for Predictable Results, Calls on Ohio Voters and Legislators to Approve Redistricting Reform (PDF)

League of Women Voters of Ohio and fellow redistricting reform supporters gathered in the Ladies' Gallery of the Ohio Statehouse to mark the anniversary of women's voting equality and to release a new report that shows how gerrymandering undercuts that equality. (August 26, 2015)

Melissa Currence Named Cincinnati Business Courier's 2015 Forty Under 40

LWVCA Vice President of Development has won this annual award by the Cincinnati Business Courier on August 6. It recognizes young professionals in the Tri-State who have reached major milestones in their careers and also made significant contributions to the community. Help the League celebrate Melissa at a lunch on September 22. Call (513) 281-VOTE (8683) for more information. Congratulations Melissa!

League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area Urges for More Supervision in State-Funded Charter Schools

This letter to the editor was written by the LWVCA Education Committee and sent to the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cox Media on July 20, 2015.

Donald Rhoad Wins 2015 Martha B. Taft Service Award (May 2015)
Melissa Currence named a Shur Fellow. (March 25, 2015)
Join LWVCA as we celebrate 95 years of serving Greater Cincinnati on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. (Jan. 20, 2015)

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