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Democracy is not a spectator sport!

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

NEW IN SEPTEMBER

A Candidate Forum for Pickens County School Board District 3 has been scheduled of Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m., at Pickens Middle School in Pickens.

Questions have been sent to Clemson City Council candidates and a candidate forum has been schedule for Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Council Chambers, Clemson City Hall.

CANDIDATE FORUMS NOW BEING PLANNED

See CANDIDATE FORUMS or CALENDAR for details.

The League sponsors non-partisan forums to help voters understand the opinions of the candidates. Candidates introduce themselves, answer questions posed by the LWV and answers written questions from the audience.

In addition to the widely advertised forums in Pickens County and Pendleton, we have now added two additional forums: Oconee County Council on May 31 and Solicitor, 10th Judicial Circuit on June 2..

South Carolina Will Chose New Voting Technology

South Carolina has begun the process of selecting a technology to replace our aging iVortonic DRE (Direct Register Electronic) machines. After a Voting Fair last Spring, the S. C. State Elections Commission has begun collecting requirements for a Request For Proposal (RFP) for new technology.

The Joint Voting System Research Committee of the S. C. Legislature met November 10 in Columbia. They heard presentations by the Executive Director of the SA. C. State Ealections Commision and other experts, including Matthew Masterson, a Commissioner of the U. S. Election Assistance Commission.

Duncan Buell, a League member from Columbia and Professor at the University of South Carolina, presented oral testimony. The League also submitted written testimony at this hearing.

This meeting was videotaped. The video is available at http://www.scstatehouse.gov/video/videofeed.php

Scroll down the page to "Tuesday, November 10, 2015 10:00 a.m.". The meeting lasted about 2 hours and 13 minutes.

A report from the committee will be issued in late January.

Pickens County School Board News

H 4299, a bill that would add one at-large member to the Pickens County School Board, was passed by the SC House by a 61-1 vote. Rep. Gary Clary and Rep. Neal Collins co-sponsored this bill.

It is likely that the future of this bill will depend on the ability of the Pickens County School Board to correct the problems cited by AdvanceEd. Senator Larry Martin writes, "I do not want to do anything at this time that shifts the focus away from what this board needs to do in order to positively respond. It is for this reason that H.4299 will remain on the local calendar for the time being in the Senate."

The League of Women Voters supports adding at-large representation to the Pickens County School Board. Our rationale is expressed in a recent Letter to the Editor .


LWV Supports Pickens County Millage Increase

A quality public education is essential for a strong and sustainable democratic society and is a civil right.

The League of Women Voters believes that our schools should be adequately financed. Therefore, we support this increase in the millage rate.

A petition supporting the millage increase is available here   A short analysis of funding of education by state government is available at MY TURN: Local government by the numbers, a commentary by Dr. Holley Ullbrich in The Statehouse Report, May 23.

Dr. Holley Ulbrich made a statement to the Pickens County School Board on May 26, describing the economic situation in Pickens County.

League Members Attend Voting Fair in Columbia

Please click here to read a report on the Voting Fair. This article will appear in the SC Voter.

RECYCLE YOUR CFLs

Home Depot now accepts used compact fluorescent light bulbs for recycling at all of its US locations. Many CFL users have been concerned about mercury contamination when these super-efficient bulbs wear out. Now we can dispose of them safely.

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