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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, which encourages informed and active participation in government. It does not support candidates or political parties. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Today's Top Issues

Though the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham, and Chatham Counties educates votes on many issues, our current major areas of focus include:


Voter Services/Voter Protection
Program Lead: Krishna Mondal

Public Education
Program Leads: Ruth Ann Groh and Niki Jordan

Health Care (Medicaid Expansion)
Program Lead: Janet Hoy

Violence Against Women
Program Lead: Krishna Mondal

Gun Violence
Program Lead: Kate Douglas Torrey

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any of these issues, please contact the individuals indicated. It's your chance to get involved and make a difference!

Any citizen over 18, male or female, may become a voting and active member of the League.

PROTECTING VOTING RIGHTS IN NC

REDISTRICTING VICTORY FOR THE CITIZENS OF NORTH CAROLINA
The League of Women Voters of NC has won a victory for the citizens of North Carolina! The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the 2011 redistricting plan that packed NC legislative and US Congressional districts based on race must be reconsidered by the NC Supreme Court in light of the recent ruling in the Alabama redistricting case.

The League has a long-standing position in support of districts that are compact, convenient, and contiguous; that reflect a community of interest; and that comply with the National Voting Rights Acts. Furthermore, the responsibility for redistricting should reside with an independent agency that is not beholden to a political party. In addition, the League supports an open, transparent redistricting process that allows for citizen input.

Read the latest coverage here.

NC VOTING RIGHTS IN PERIL!

Voting is a Right

The League continues to fight against the destructive effects of voter suppression while also urging full compliance with and protection of important federal laws like the National Voter Registration Act and the Voting Rights Act.

What You Can Do: Register to vote and VOTE!!!! Voting is your chance to elect those who will make decisions about our economy, education, environment, and health care. Read more


THE IMPACT OF THE NC BUDGET ON LOCAL SCHOOLS

THE IMPACT OF THE NC BUDGET ON LOCAL SCHOOLS

The Economics of Education: What We Owe Our Children and Our Nation
A panel of our local school district superintendents: Dr. Del Burns, Orange County Interim Superintendent; Dr. Tom Forcella, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Superintendent; Dr. Derrick Jordan, Chatham Superintendent and Dr. Bert L'Homme, Durham Superintendent, discussed the impact of the NC budget on local schools on February 3, 2015.

The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham and the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Education co-sponsored the forum. Dr. Wynetta Lee, Dean of the School of Education at NCCU, moderated the discussion.

Report of the forum.

Resource material on comparative information about the 3 counties and 4 school districts, Highlights of the NC School Budget, Impact of the State Budget on Local Schools, and State Budget and Tax Policies Causing Local Challenges can be found below.

The number of students (Allotted ADM FY 2013-2014*) in each system is as follows:
--Durham 33,100
--Chapel Hill/Carrboro 12,300
--Chatham 8,300
--Orange 7,500

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Resource Material:
LWV-ODC Position on NC Funding of Public Schools
Highlights of the NC School Budget
Impact of NC School Budget on Local Schools
State Budget and Tax Policies Causing Local Challenges
LWVODC Schools Newsfeed
Forum Flyer

HEALTH COVERAGE IN NC

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (Obamacare)
  • League of Women Voters and Planned Parenthood have teamed up to help people enroll in health insurance through the Marketplace website created by the Affordable Care Act. We've been helping people throughout the fall, but we need more trained volunteers to work with individuals who need coverage.

What You Can Do: We need your help, whether you have lots of time to volunteer or just an hour a week! Read More


IMMIGRATION REFORM

IMMIGRATION REFORM

The League of Women Voters hailed US Senate passage of the comprehensive immigration reform bill. There are some troublesome items in the bill, but overall it is a positive step forward.

"The bill provides a path for immigrants to earn citizenship, and that is the single most important element of the bill," said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. "We believe it is essential that all in the U.S. have a clear path to the duties and responsibilities of citizenship in order to strengthen our nation and society. A dangerous precedent would be created if Congress were to create a large new subclass of people in the U.S. -- those who live here permanently but who are not required to carry the full duties and responsibilities of citizenship."

NC has long benefited from the immeasurable economic contributions of its immigrant populations. Coming from all over the world, immigrants play a vital role in the Tar Heel state as neighbors, entrepreneurs, consumers and taxpayers. Read more

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Contact your US Representatives and tell them that you support comprehensive immigration reform.