Monday, September 11, 2006

Oshkosh Area LWV to Hold Voting Rights Meeting

A close look at voting rights and changes is the theme of the Oshkosh Area League of Women Voters open meeting on September 20 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Oshkosh Public Library.

After the LWV—Wisconsin’s two year study on voting rights in Wisconsin, it is time for local leagues to learn about and discuss changes in Wisconsin’s voting procedures. The state leagues will take consensus on five voting rights questions this winter. The election changes have been prompted by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) that sought to correct problems that surfaced in the 2000 presidential election, especially the problems Florida voters faced.

The League has as its guests for the September meeting Winnebago County clerk Sue Ertmer and Oshkosh City Clerk Pam Ubrig to answer questions on how towns and the city are complying with HAVA and the new state elections law. Primarily the league wants to know what changes have been brought about due to the switch to statewide voter lists and procedures for registering new voters.

The League is also looking into the rise in absentee voting and whether new plans for dealing with early voters are necessary, selection of election officials (poll workers), and deputy registrars. League members have assisted as deputy registrars for past elections.

The League of Women Voters is an outgrowth of the women’s suffrage movement that led to the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote. As such the League’s major concern is stated in its national position on voting: The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed.

This September meeting is open to all interested voters. Just a note that it will adhere to the League’s current study items which do not include touch screen voting machines.


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