Making Democracy Work

Make Democracy Work!

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Does My Vote Even Count? A Forum on Election Reform

When: January 22, 2019 – 5:30-7:30 PM

Where: Richland Library
Auditorium
1431 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201

From legislative districts designed to protect incumbents, to political campaigns awash in dark money, to broken or compromised voting machines + the American electorate is increasingly questioning whether their votes matter.

What is happening? How can public confidence be restored in our elections? In the next year South Carolina will purchase a new voting system to replace the current aged out system. What kind of system will ensure secure, accurate, transparent and verifiable elections?

What can we do to shed light on who is trying to influence our votes?

Find out how proposed South Carolina legislation would require unbiased criteria and a non-partisan committee in charge of redrawing election district lines, instead of politicians drawing the lines and choosing their voters.

Come to hear a panel of experts and legislators define these issues and find out how citizens can equip themselves to demand fair election systems and practices.

Forum Participants:

Senator Mia McCloud - SC Senate, District 22

Representative Beth Bernstein + SC House of Representatives, SC District 78

Duncan Buell, Ph.D. + Professor of Computer Science at the University of South Carolina and recognized expert on voting technology and security.

Representative Gary Clary + SC House of Representatives, SC District 3

Representative Kirkman Finlay - SC House of Representatives, SC District 75

John Ruoff, Ph.D.- Researcher and advocate, a recognized authority on voting rights and redistricting in South Carolina.

Public Policy Luncheon

Did you miss our public policy luncheon Number of mid-term voters rises significantly.or just want a refresher on Professor Tompkins's lecture? He was kind enough to share his slides with us, which you can view in two parts: here and here.

The Surprising History of Gerrymandering

This video gives a history gerrymandering, a process that draws districts in such a way to ensure legislators pick their voters instead of voters picking their legislators.

Public Transportation

This video explains the history of public transportation in the US and why we must do better going forward. The Comet bus, Columbia, SC

Who We Are

The LWV of the Columbia Area represents members living in Richland and Lexington Counties. Membership in our league is open to all persons living in the Columbia area aged 16 and older.

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Special Members

Sarah Leverette and Keller Barron honored by USC Sarah Leverette and Keller Baron are lifetime members of the Leage of Women Voters of the Columbia Area. Their papers, letters, and records were placed in the USC Political Collections Library. They were honored with a celebration on March 10, 2016, at the Hollings Special Collections Library. The event honored the creation of the Sarah Leverette Collection.