The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you at our annual membership meeting on Tuesday, May 13 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. In addition to our annual business meeting that includes voting for approval of the slate for the 2014 Board of Directors, the annual budget, and our 2014 Program Priorities, we will also enjoy a mini-concert by members of the Nashville Symphony. Founders Hall provides an elegant atmosphere for our reception. It is the perfect venue for the announcement of our newest Molly Todd Award honoree as well as some very exciting news about the Nashville League's future. We hope you will be part of the celebration. Click here to register.
We are also preparing for a county-wide primary on May 6. With a dizzying 64 candidates running for offices in this election, it is difficult to be a well-informed voter about all of the races, especially since most of the elected offices are judicial. How do we assess who will make a good judge? We hope that the LWVN Vote 411 at http://www.vote411.org will make the process easier. Our Voter Service Committee has contacted all the candidates and, in turn, the candidates who have chosen to participate have submitted basic information about themselves and answers to a set of questions that we posed. These questions focus on issues of fairness and impartiality that are so important to an independent judiciary; they gave the candidates an opportunity, in their own words, to articulate their views on these topics. The website also provides a build-your-own ballot tool that you can use to record your choice of candidates and even printout to take along when you go to vote.
LWVN also has been asked to moderate a forum with candidates for Oak Hill commissioners on May 14. The group hosting the event, Oak Hill Citizens for Better Government, recognized the value of having the League participate as an impartial, nonpartisan moderator for this community meeting. LWVN is able to play a unique role in the community by providing a neutral voice in a politically divisive environment. We will need several League volunteers to assist at this forum; please let me know if you are available for this event.
Finally, thanks to all of you who wrote letters and emails to our legislators during this Legislative Session. Three of the bills that LWV actively opposed this year, did not pass. Your voice contributed to the defeat of bills that would have allowed for-profit charter schools in Tennessee; decreased TANF payments to families in need; and restricted school boards from lobbying their state legislators.
League of Women Voters of Nashville
Consistent Voter Services
League members can impact the election process by volunteering to help educate the citizens of the community and provide opportunities for voter registration. Voter education and voter registration opportunities are continuous but peak during election years. Get involved by:
League members can impact public policy by educating the public about issues important to good government and community well-being, and advocating for League positions on key issues. Because we live in the state capital, Nashville League members work on both local and state issues. We also answer calls to action from the LWVUS when issues are pending in Congress. Whatever your interests, you can get involved!
Specifically, the League advocates for access to health care; education to prepare students for responsible citizenry and the economy of the future; good stewardship of our natural resources; election processes that are fair and secure; and ethics and transparency in government. League members interested in issue advocacy can participate by: