President’s Message – June 2013

Thank you to all who attended our Annual Meeting! It is always a good thing to be able to spend time with each other in a different setting, with good food and excellent speakers. The stories of the major roles played by Chester County women in the abolitionist movement, the women’s suffrage movement and the casting of the Justice Bell were fascinating! We thank Laurie Rofini and Holly Holst so very much! We know that we will see them again. And now, the next coming attraction will be the — PA State Convention – June 7-9, 2013 in Lewisburg, PA.

The LWVCC is proud to be sending 9 delegates to convention! Our enthusiastic representatives are ready to network, to learn about judicial reform, to attend workshops, caucuses, plenary sessions and more. Stay tuned for the next Voter to hear about their experiences. Or better yet, come to the Board Meeting on Saturday, June 29th to hear everything in person! We would love to see you.
Another huge Thank You! to Deb Gallek and Pat Horrocks for their heroic efforts transitioning our Voters Guide to SmartVoter format. The ups and downs were memorable. No doubt more kinks will need ironing for the November Election. Another set of hands or two would be gratefully appreciated to lighten the load for these two dedicated members! We also will need to continue spreading the word about where and how to tap into our Voters Guide.

On a serious note though, what can be done to encourage more voters to participate in the election process? Only 15% of eligible voters participated, while 36% of the candidates responded to LWV questions. Certainly, in a democracy, we have the freedom and right to participate or not. But, when citizens fail to participate, choose not to participate, what then? I couldn’t resist this quote.

Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” ― Abraham Lincoln

Susan Carty
LWVCC President

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