LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HOSTS ANNUAL MEETING BEFORE LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS
Story by WVUA 23’s Jordan Johnson
On Tuesday night, the<a href=”http://lwvtuscaloosa.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”> League of Women Voters of Greater Tuscaloosa</a> met at the Bryant Conference Center to meet and ask questions to local legislatures.
The League of Women Voters holds this meeting every year, but this year’s meeting held even more significance.
“1920 [was]the year that the 19th Amendment was ratified to the constitution,” said Carol Prickett, the membership chairman of LWVGT. “And so, we are celebrating our one-hundredth anniversary this year along with the centenary of the 19th amendment.”
The right to vote came with a responsibility to be well educated and to know what legislatures believe. The League of Women Voters was created to help make sure that voters are also knowledgable.
“Sometimes people think that one vote does not matter. That is simply not how our government is structured and not how our election process is structured,” Prickett said. “And giving up is the fastest way to not have your matters taken care of by the government. So, we encourage everyone to be voting, even people who perhaps vote in ways that don’t support the policy that the league is voting.”
The policies that gain the support of the nonpartisan league are determined by a consensus vote among the members.
Tuesday’s meeting was created to allow anyone who wanted to come to ask questions of the legislatures in attendance. These questions were screened so that they were fair and important for all voters.
100 years later, the goal of the league and of these annual meetings remains the same.
“Inclusion of anyone who wants to keep democracy free,” Prickett said. “That’s our motto.”
Sen.Gerald Allen, Rep. Kyle South, Rep. A.J McCampbell, Rep. Rich Wingo, and Rep. Christ England were all at Tuesday’s meeting to discuss pressing issues including education, jail reformation, and infrastructure.