Making Democracy Work

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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, which encourages informed and active participation in government. It does not support candidates or political parties. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Our Top Issues

Though the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham, and Chatham Counties educates votes on many issues, our current major areas of focus include:

Voter Services/Voter Protection
Program Lead: Krishna Mondal

Public Education
Program Leads: Ruth Ann Groh and Niki Jordan

Health Care & Medicaid Expansion
Program Lead: Janet Hoy

Violence Against Women
Program Lead: Krishna Mondal

Gun Violence Prevention
Program Lead: Kate Douglas Torrey

If you are interested in learning more about our work or volunteering to help with any of these issues, please contact the individuals indicated. It's your chance to get involved and make a difference!

Any citizen over 18, male or female, may become a voting and active member of the League.

Question Your Candidates

The League of Women Voters has a proud history of hosting candidate forums for local elections. The LWV-ODC will be hosting forums for the following elections:

Siler City Mayor & Town Board
The League of Women Voters ODC will host a candidates' forum for the Siler City mayor and town board on September 17, 2015, in Room 230 at the Siler City Campus of Central Carolina Community from 6:00-8:00 PM. Voter Registration will be available at this event.

Pittsboro Mayor & Town Council
The League of Women Voters ODC will host a candidates' forum for the Pittsboro mayor and town council on September 24, 2015, in the Agriculture Building auditorium, located at 65 East Chatham Street, Pittsboro, from 6:00-8:00 PM. Voter Registration will be available this event.

PROTECTING VOTING RIGHTS IN NC

LWV CHALLENGING VOTER RESTRICTIONS IN COURT The fight for voting rights has been urgent in North Carolina, where the League of Women Voters of North Carolina and co-plaintiffs headed to trial in their landmark federal challenge of the state's 2013 anti-voter bill. The law, one of the nation's strictest, cut common-sense early voting opportunities and stripped Election-Day registration and out-of-precinct voting--all with the result of leaving disproportionate numbers of minority voters on the sidelines come Election Day. While thousands took to the streets in a massive protest against the law, lawyers for the League and other groups, together with the U.S. Department of Justice, argued in court that the law is discriminatory and that it posed barriers for untold numbers of voters in 2014.

The North Carolina League is actively participating in federal trials to restore poll access across the state. For the most recent news, follow the LWV Blog.

REDISTRICTING VICTORY FOR THE CITIZENS OF NORTH CAROLINA
The League of Women Voters of NC has won a victory for the citizens of North Carolina! The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the 2011 redistricting plan that packed NC legislative and US Congressional districts based on race must be reconsidered by the NC Supreme Court in light of the recent ruling in the Alabama redistricting case.

The League has a long-standing position in support of districts that are compact, convenient, and contiguous; that reflect a community of interest; and that comply with the National Voting Rights Acts. Furthermore, the responsibility for redistricting should reside with an independent agency that is not beholden to a political party. In addition, the League supports an open, transparent redistricting process that allows for citizen input.

Read the latest coverage here.

NC VOTING RIGHTS IN PERIL!

Voting is a Right

The League continues to fight against the destructive effects of voter suppression while also urging full compliance with and protection of important federal laws like the National Voter Registration Act and the Voting Rights Act.

What You Can Do: Register to vote and VOTE!!!! Voting is your chance to elect those who will make decisions about our economy, education, environment, and health care. Read more


THE IMPACT OF THE NC BUDGET ON LOCAL SCHOOLS

THE IMPACT OF THE NC BUDGET ON LOCAL SCHOOLS

The Economics of Education: What We Owe Our Children and Our Nation
A panel of our local school district superintendents: Dr. Del Burns, Orange County Interim Superintendent; Dr. Tom Forcella, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Superintendent; Dr. Derrick Jordan, Chatham Superintendent and Dr. Bert L'Homme, Durham Superintendent, discussed the impact of the NC budget on local schools on February 3, 2015.

The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham and the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Education co-sponsored the forum. Dr. Wynetta Lee, Dean of the School of Education at NCCU, moderated the discussion.

Report of the forum.

Resource material on comparative information about the 3 counties and 4 school districts, Highlights of the NC School Budget, Impact of the State Budget on Local Schools, and State Budget and Tax Policies Causing Local Challenges can be found below.

The number of students (Allotted ADM FY 2013-2014*) in each system is as follows:
--Durham 33,100
--Chapel Hill/Carrboro 12,300
--Chatham 8,300
--Orange 7,500

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Resource Material:
LWV-ODC Position on NC Funding of Public Schools
Highlights of the NC School Budget
Impact of NC School Budget on Local Schools
State Budget and Tax Policies Causing Local Challenges
LWVODC Schools Newsfeed
Forum Flyer

HEALTH COVERAGE IN NC

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (Obamacare)
  • League of Women Voters and Planned Parenthood have teamed up to help people enroll in health insurance through the Marketplace website created by the Affordable Care Act. We've been helping people throughout the fall, but we need more trained volunteers to work with individuals who need coverage.

What You Can Do: We need your help, whether you have lots of time to volunteer or just an hour a week! Read More


IMMIGRATION REFORM

IMMIGRATION REFORM

The League of Women Voters hailed US Senate passage of the comprehensive immigration reform bill. There are some troublesome items in the bill, but overall it is a positive step forward.

"The bill provides a path for immigrants to earn citizenship, and that is the single most important element of the bill," said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. "We believe it is essential that all in the U.S. have a clear path to the duties and responsibilities of citizenship in order to strengthen our nation and society. A dangerous precedent would be created if Congress were to create a large new subclass of people in the U.S. -- those who live here permanently but who are not required to carry the full duties and responsibilities of citizenship."

NC has long benefited from the immeasurable economic contributions of its immigrant populations. Coming from all over the world, immigrants play a vital role in the Tar Heel state as neighbors, entrepreneurs, consumers and taxpayers. Read more

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Contact your US Representatives and tell them that you support comprehensive immigration reform.