League celebrates birthday Feb. 14
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012
The League of Women Voters will celebrate its 92nd birthday on Feb. 14.
Founded in 1920 after winning the battle to get women the right to vote, the organization has become synonymous with education and information, especially around elections and voting.
“The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus is one of more than 800 Leagues in all 50 states,” said President Kitty Burcsu. “Since 1920, our goal has been to educate and inform. We respect all points of view; we don’t endorse or oppose any candidate or political party. This is what sets us apart from so many organizations, and it is why we are one of America’s most trusted organizations.”
Burcsu noted that the Columbus League was actually founded in 1919 and will turn 93 this year.
“Our work helps to bridge the gap between voters and elected officials,” Burcsu continued. “From registering new voters to holding candidate debates and town hall meetings on important – and sometimes controversial – issues, League leaders in central Ohio are working to inform the public about issues that impact their lives and giving them avenues to express their opinions.”
The most basic and important of these avenues is voting, Burcsu said. "It is our hope that everyone will make their voices heard this election year by ‘powering the vote.’ In central Ohio, League members will be assisting citizens in this process this year by registering voters, providing candidate and election information online and in our printed Voter Information Bulletin, staffing our Election Day phone bank, and hosting candidate forums," she said.
The League’s one-stop election information site, www.vote411.org, is extremely popular. It contains answers to frequently asked questions, such as where do I vote, what are the polling place hours, and how do I get an absentee ballot, as well as candidate information.
Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages, and the League has a number of events planned throughout the winter and spring. Donations support the League's good-government advocacy as well as voter services and educational programs.