By Dustin Ensinger
The League of Women Voters of Delaware County will mark the 94th anniversary of women’s suffrage and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a celebration of Women’s Equality Day.
The event will feature speakers on voting issues, singing of 1960’s protest songs and popular snacks from the era.
“We hope it will be informative and fun,” said Karen Rainey, past president of the League of Women Voters of Delaware County..
Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio Carrie Davis will provide an update on legislation and legal action pertaining to access to the polls.
Jenny Holland, an assistant professor at Ohio Wesleyan University, will discuss voting patterns among women since the 19th Amendment went into effect in 1920.
Deputy Director of the Delaware County Board of Elections Karla Herron will discuss voting patterns among Delaware County residents.
Rainey said her organizations is particularly interested in recent decisions to reduce voting hours and other efforts to pass more stringent voter ID laws.
“There are some people that simply can’t get to the polls during a normal work day,” she said. “We want to make sure everybody has the opportunity to vote.”
Rainey said the reduction in evening voting hours and the weekend prior to the election will prevent some people from making it to the polls. Part of her organization’s mission is to encourage as many people as possible to vote.
“The turnout in Delaware County – and across the country – has been low for the elections,” she said.
Just 13 percent of Delaware County’s registered voters turned out for the May primary.
“Democracy is not a spectator sport,” Rainey said. “It requires us to participate and if we don’t we have no one to blame but ourselves for what the results are.”
The event, which is open to the public, will be held at the Delaware County District Library at 7 p.m. on Aug. 26.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.