Making Democracy Work

Programs and Meetings

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, December 13, 2018
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bucks County Administration Building
55 East Court Street
Doylestown, PA
New Voting Systems Expo. (from VotesPA.com, an official Pennsylvania website)

Vendors will exhibit and explain new voting systems that provide paper records at an expo for the public, local officials and media. Attendees will be able to try the new voting systems and ask questions of the vendors.

Why does Pennsylvania need new voting systems? The current voting systems in Pennsylvania are approaching the end of their useful life. Most of the voting machines in use now are older than the first iPhone. Their software and hardware will soon be unsupported by manufacturers. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has called on all state and local election officials to make certain that by the 2020 presidential election every American votes on a system that produces a paper record or ballot that can be checked and verified by the voter and audited by election officials. New machines will ensure that Pennsylvanians are voting on the most secure and accessible voting systems available and that audits of election results can be easily and accurately accomplished. When is Pennsylvania getting new voting machines? In April 2018, Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres informed counties they must select new voting systems that provide a paper record and meet 21st-century standards of security, auditability and accessibility no later than Dec. 31, 2019, and preferably have a system in place by the November 2019 general election.

Saturday, January 12, 2019
10:00 am - noon
MemberEvent
Please see your Voter for locations information
Consensus Meeting on Secure Voting Systems for Bucks County. A committee of Leaguers, old and new, have been working to develop the program on Secure Voting Systems. This meeting will discuss the pros and cons of different systems, both those using Voter Verified ballots and those with Voter Marked ballots: how verifiable each system is; what their vulnerabilities are and how secure they can be made; and the cost of each one.

This study is important because it is possible or even likely that the Bucks County Commissioners will be choosing new voting machines in the near future, and the LWV of Bucks County would like to have a strong voice in the selection process. We look forward to a lively discussion.

Sunday, February 10, 2019
2:00 pm
Free Library of Northampton Township
25 Upper Holland Road
Richboro, PA
How to Run for Local Office. The Bucks County Chapter of the Women's Political Network (WPN) along with the League of Women Voters of Bucks County (LWVBC) will conduct this free seminar open to the public. Information on the roles of local officials such as Borough Council, Township Supervisor, School Director and County Offices along with poll workers will be discussed. Information regarding the petitions, forms and filing dates for candidates seeking to run for local policymaking offices will be distributed.

This program will be moderated by past state presidents of the Women's Political Network, including League member Kathleen Horwatt and will include other current and former elected officials. This nonpartisan seminar is open to both women and men interested in learning more about the process of seeking local elected office and are expected to last less than ninety minutes. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
7 - 8:30 pm
Free Library of Northampton Library
25 Upper Holland Road
Richboro, PA
Redistricting Reform: The Journey Continues. According to the Fair Districts PA website, "a landmark Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision found that our 2011 congressional district map violated the state constitution. The court redrew the districts and issued a new map. But this is only a short-term fix. Redistricting will happen again after the 2020 Census, and if we don't change the process, the 2021 map is likely to be gerrymandered, too--regardless of which party is in power. That's why we're advocating for a new approach."

Efforts to pass legislation to create an impartial, transparent and accountable system for redistricting both Congressional and State legislative districts were blocked by some members of the 2017-18 Pennsylvania Legislature. Nonetheless, Fair Districts PA gained influence in Harrisburg and earned the respect of both Republicans and Democrats. The alliances they forged and the good working relationships they built have given gave FDPA a big leg up in the 2019-20 legislative session.

We cannot give up this fight.

We are very excited to announce that Carol Kuniholm, chair and co-founder of Fair Districts PA and League of Women Voters of PA board member responsible for election reform issues, will participate in a program looking at solutions to the problems of partisan gerrymandering in Pennsylvania and progress toward the changes advocated by Fair Districts PA, officially an arm of the LWVPA. This citizen-led nonpartisan group continues work to appoint an impartial, independent citizen commission to lead the process of redistricting. There are many ways that you can engage in this work toward reform; these will be highlighted as well.