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.

October Public Policy Luncheon

Melanie Barton Melanie Barton is Executive Director for the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC). Barton has been with the EOC since 2001. Her work on the staff began when she worked part-time staffing the Parent Involvement Subcommittee and advising the EOC on spending recommendations for Education Improvement Act (EIA) funds. She assisted in the design of the EOC funding model and served on the evaluation team for the full-day 4K program.

After graduating from Furman University in 1984, Melanie received a master's degree in public policy analysis from Duke University. She worked for six years as a research analyst with the Senate Education Committee and the Office of Senate Research.

She and her husband live in Northeast Columbia. They have a son and daughter-in-law who live in Greenville and a daughter attending Furman University.

Welcome to the website of the Columbia Area League of Women Voters

Please join us, the members of the League of Women Voters of the Columbia, as we illustrate how we are Making Democracy Work. Voter Registration is one of our main goals, but beyond that, we are striving to find ways to actually get voters to the polls. We also have a vested interest in most of the official policy statements of the national organization. Our environment is showing the effects of global warming already. As an agricultural state, we carefully watch what our legal bodies try to accomplish. We are most concerned with energy sources being constructed and with our state's willingness to receive the nuclear wastes from outside our state. We worry about and speak to legislators concerning healthcare in the community. We welcome new citizens to our country. We provide education about our legislative groups both locally and for the state. We advocate more careful use of monies for our water and sewer systems and our roads and bridges.

Highlighted Events:

2016 Summer Social Photos

"Thursday, September 15, 2016, Everything about Voting" 11:45 am, Lourie Center

"Thursday, September 15, 2016, Anita Hill Day" 5:30 pm, 701 Whaley Street

"Saturday, December __, 2016 Winter Social"<files/Holiday_2015_Flyer_-_DRAFT_N_-_Candles-1.pdf

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.

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