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.

Corruption in the Palmetto State

Wednesday May 17, 2017 - 6-9 PM at the Marriott Hotel, 1200 Main Street, Columbia, SC

Join us for a timely conversation with some of the state's leading experts about the causes of political corruption and ways to reform South Carolina's broken system.

Panel I: Modern History of Political Corruption Moderator: Jack Kuenzie, WIS-TV Rick Brundrett, Island Packet John Crangle, SC Progressive Network John Monk, The State Eva Moore, Free Times (research by Corey Hutchins)

Panel II: Causes of Corruption Moderator: Ken W. Gains, USC School of Law Brett Bursey, SC Progressive Network Cassie Cope, The State Lynn Teague, SC League of Women Voters Sen. Mike Rose, R-Dorchester, Ret. Ashley Landess, SC Policy Council

Panel III: Reform Proposals Moderator: Brian McConchie, WACH-TV Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, D-Orangeburg Sen. Phil Leventis, D-Sumter Ret. Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Richland Ret. Sen. Mike Rose, R-Dorchester. Ret. Rep. James Smith, D-Richland Octavia Williams, Florence County Council

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.

Board Members and Committee Heads

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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