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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

League of Women Voters Fall Gathering

WHO: YOU and prospective members

WHEN: Tuesday, September 30, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

WHERE: James White's Fort, 205 E. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, 37915

WHY: Wine and Cheese and League Networking

Traditionally this annual event has been an opportunity to introduce prospective members to the League leadership team and the programs, activities and events underway within the organization. With more active volunteers, we can accomplish so much more. So this year officers and committee chairs will be available to talk about their work and will actively recruit committee members from new prospects as well as renewing members.

The event is free. Come for the wine, the good food, and the great conversation about the League, its work and its plans. And please take a moment to invite some friends who would make good ACTIVE League members.

For more information, contact Events Chair, Debbie Sharp at 951-8804 or .

LWV members, you can invite your friends to the Fall Gathering on our Facebook page.

League of Women Voters to Hold Voter Registration Events

The League of Women voters will host voter registration events surrounding National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) Tuesday, September 23, helping people register to vote or update their voter registration if they have moved or changed names.

"Knoxville is one of more than 1000 partners across the country that will be registering voters. We will be working in at least nine locations", said Kim Lauth, League of Women Voters President. The League has become the single-largest-on-the-ground partner of NVRD and plans to outpace previous years' participation with more than 350 Leagues registering voters across the county in September. Local sites include:

Pelllissippi State College campuses (Blount County, Division Street, Magnolia, Strawberry Plans, and Hardin Valley), September 23-25, 9:00 am- 6:00 pm.

University of Tennessee University Center, outside food court and along pedestrian walkway. September 23, hours TBD.

Outside WJBE Radio, 2340 Martin Luther King Avenue, September 23, 11:00 am - 3:00

Outside Walgreens, 2400 Broadway, September 23, hours TBD.

Concerning the 2nd District interim School Board vote

First, the League of Women Voters wants to express its appreciation to the several men and women who placed themselves in contention for the District 2 board of education interim position. All but two of the eight people who volunteered to be considered were women, and in a region where we do not enjoy many female political leaders, that alone was remarkable.

Then at the forum co-sponsored by the League and KCEA at Gresham Middle School on August 14, all but one woman attended and showed themselves to be passionate about our schools, either as parents or retired educators; to be well-informed about many of the problems facing our school district; and to be open to learning about matters to come before the board, but without a particular political agenda.

We are dismayed that not one of the women who was interested in the position was given serious consideration by our county commissioners. As well, we regret that the wishes of the only female commissioner, Amy Broyles, who knows the district the best and had worked hard to determine the choice of many constituents, were completely ignored by the majority.

While we respect the rights of each commissioner to vote his own conscience, we are concerned about the appearance of an old-boy-network that looks after their own rather than thinking of what is best for our schools. Surely our students, their parents, and our teachers deserve better than this.

NEW! Citizens Guide to Promoting Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Communities

This on-line guide is a resource for individuals, local organizations, community coalitions, neighborhood groups, the faith community and others interested in promoting and creating bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and communities.

Information for November 4, 2014 Election

10/6/2014 Final day to register to vote before the State General Election
10/15/2014 First day of the early voting period for the State General Election
10/28/2014 Final day to request an absentee ballot for the State General Election
10/30/2014 Final day of the early voting period for the State General Election
11/4/2014 Election Day (State General Election)

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