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Making Democracy Work

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.

LWVIN President's Day 2016

The LWVIN's annual President's Day for local League leaders will be on

Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10a.m. to 3p.m. in Indianapolis at WFYI, 1630 N. Meridian Street.

Former LWVIN state presidents, current local LWV (co)presidents, and two (2) additional local LWV representatives are invited to attend President's Day. Local LWVs wishing to invite guests beyond their (co)president and two guests may do so at a cost of $15 per guest.

All attendees should RSVP online by February 13.

The day will be focused on learning from each other's successes, how other organizations prioritized and strategized for success, and how we can build our skills in creating robust voter education/service events that provide a community good while also maximizing visibility.

Guest speakers will feature the LWVIN's Issue Advocate for Redistricting Reform, Debbie Asberry, as well as Freedom Indiana's Advocacy Director, Katie Blair.

You may RSVP here

"POLITICALLY SPEAKING" Covers Redistricting

WNIT'S 11/15/15 "Politically Speaking" episode on: The Election Process & Local Policy Impact

In This Segment Our guests join us to talk about current redistricting processes, attempts for reform and impact on local and national elections. Guests

Ted Boehm, Former Supreme Court Justice, member of Indiana Study Committee on Redistricting

Elizabeth Ennis, Education Director, Michigan League of Women Voters

Julia Vaughn, Policy Director, Common Cause Indiana

Brandon Smith, State News Reporter, Indiana Public Media

LWVIN Education Study

The LWVIN Education Study Committee, 2015-2017 has submitted a position statement for local league study and concurrence:

"League of Women Voters of Indiana supports a free, publicly-funded, non-sectarian system of schools serving all the state's children from pre-school through 12th grade."

The deadline for concurrence with the proposed position will be January 2016. (Following that, there will be a consensus study for 2016, with reporting at the start of 2017.) The various rationales offered are not exhaustive but can serve local LWVs as conversation-starters.

The suggested reading materials offered by the LWVIN Education Study Committee can be accessed here:

Consitution of the State of Indiana (1816)

Constitution of the State of Indiana (1851)

LWV Principles

Why Does LWVIN Need a General Statement of Support for Public Education in Indiana?

Why begin Indiana Public School Education with Early Childhood Education?

Why is a High-Quality Free Public Education in a System of 'Common Schools'(pre-K to 12) Necessary in Our Society?

Education Proposals Adopted at LWVIN Convention 2015

LWVIN Juvenile Justice System Position Concurrence

Juvenile Justice System Draft of State Position

Instructions to local Leagues

The Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Indiana approved on October 18, 2015, the following update to the LWVIN Juvenile Justice position as submitted by the Juvenile Justice Study Committee and recommends concurrence to local Leagues.

Suggested changes are in bolded text and can be found here

The current LWVIN Position on the Juvenile Justice System can be found here

Concurrence from local LWV's is due no later than April 1, 2016.

Submit concurrence statements to Karen Branch, Juvenile Justice Study Committee Chair

765-362-0694 in the following manner:

Option #1: The LWV of [insert your name] concurs with all the suggested changes. Date submitted: Submitted by:

Option #2: The LWV of [insert your name] concurs with the suggested changes, but with the following caveats/suggestions/concerns: List: Date submitted: Submitted by:

Option #3: The LWV of [insert you name] does not concur with the suggested changes. Date submitted: Submitted by:

LWV Indiana Installs Board

At its annual convention April 17-19, delegates from 17 local Indiana Leagues installed the LWV Indiana 2015-2017 officers and directors. The full board is listed below:

Lisa Plencner (South Bend Area, 2017)
Erin Kelley (Indianapolis, 2017)

1st Vice President
Debbie Asberry (Indianapolis, 2017)

2nd Vice President
Linda Shanks (Bloomington-Monroe County, 2016)

Carrie Sosbe (Indianapolis, 2017)

Directors Barb Anderson (South Central Indiana, 2016) Gretchen Jeavons (Shelbyville MAL, 2016),
Pam Locker (Southwestern Indiana, 2016), Amy Miller (Indianapolis, 2017),
Jeanette Neagu (LaPorte County, 2017), Gail Pebworth (Montgomery County, Appointed, 2017),
Kimber Sorenson-Brugh (South Bend Area, 2017), Corrina Than (Greater Lafayette, 2016),

Nominating Committee
Barb Schilling, Chair (Calumet, 2017), Barb Reed (Cass County, 2017), Pat Sosbe (Montgomery County, 2017)

Politically Speaking Focuses on Indiana Elections Laws

Watch the March 1 installment of WNIT's Politically Speaking, which focused on Indiana Election Laws. The panel featured LWV South Bend Area vice president, Lisa Plencner, Moderated by

The program focused on Indiana Election Law and the panel included LWV South Bend Area vice president Lisa Plencner, State Senator John Broden, State Representative Tim Wesco, and Elkhart County Clerk Wendy Hudson. Senator Broden and Politically Speaking moderator Elizabeth Bennion are also LWV South Bend Area members.

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