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.
Early voting runs from July 17th through August 1st. Election day is August 6th.
The upcoming election for Nashville's next mayor has garnered a lot of public attention and more forums than I can count. It is almost a certainty that with seven viable candidates, there will need to be a run-off election on September 10th. In anticipation of this event, the League is joining with NewsChannel5 and Vanderbilt University in hosting a Mayoral Run-Off Debate on August 24th. It will be broadcast live from Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music, located at 2400 Blakemore Avenue, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Rhori Johnston of NewsChannel5 will moderate the debate. Although the event is free and open to the public, we are encouraging you to reserve a seat by going to metronashvillemayoraldebate.eventbrite.com. We are also in need of several volunteers, including debate timekeepers, for this event. Please contact me if you are interested.
Once again LWVN is providing http://www.VOTE411.org to give voters an extra tool to learn more about the candidates. This should prove especially useful for the Metro Council races. The August ballot also includes three Metro Charter amendments. Amendment One addresses Metro Council term limits; 2 LWVN Voter--July 2015 Amendment Two with Metro Council term limits and the size of Metro Council; and Amendment Three proposes requiring a higher percentage of local workers on Metro-financed construction projects. While LWVN does not have a position statement on any of these amendments, we do encourage you to review them in advance of voting since even the ballot summaries are quite wordy.
Through a Technology Grant from the Frist Foundation, LWVN is giving our website a much needed
facelift this summer to make information more accessible to the public and increase its usefulness. We
are grateful for their support and look forward to sharing our new look with you next month.
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: