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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.

GENERAL MEETING -- Protecting Your Identity -- Sept. 19

Equifax has been hacked and up to 143 million records stolen. Facebook accounts are duplicated, and strange "bots" send notes to your friends. Oh, and why should you care about Net Neutrality? Whether we want to focus on your own personal computer or on how to advocate for greater protections, there is a powerful need to understand today's perception of "privacy."

Discussion will focus on two things: What you can do to protect your own privacy and how you can advocate for all citizens' privacy. Matt Saltzman will introduce you to an innovative browser, organizations that promote how to maximize your privacy, and review some of the concerns that average people have.

Join us for a conversation that most of us really need to have. We don't promise it will make you feel more comfortable with your tech toys, but you will be armed with solid information to guide future decisions. There will be plenty of time for discussion.

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Congratulations to Clemson Area LWV member Holly Ulbrich for being elected co-president of the S.C. League of Women Voters at the annual LWVSC convention! We are fortunate to have Holly's leadership and experience close to home and proud that she will be representing us statewide. She had a recent column published in the in the Statehouse Report, entitled, "Whatever Happened to Home Rule." Check it out at:

Pickens County School Board News

H 3346, a bill that would add one member to the Pickens County School Board, was passed by the SC House. Rep. Gary Clary and Rep. Neal Collins co-sponsored this bill.

The 7th member will be appointed at first and replaced by an elected at-large member in the 2018 general election. Eventually, there will be seven single-member districts.

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