The Voter: August 2016

League: A Safe Haven from the Political Storm

by Sarah Skinner, VP Programming

Growing up, I was always told that politics weren’t considered a polite topic of conversation. And my experiences with political discussions seemed to support that. Every time people I knew talked about elections and politicians, they would get mad, and sometimes things would get downright ugly. So as an adult, I tended to avoid politics…completely. Simply put, I ignored politics altogether; I didn’t even vote. While it wasn’t the wisest decision, and certainly not the most responsible in terms of civic duty, I believed it was easier than dealing with all of the polarized conflicts of harsh words and hurt feelings.

And then I discovered the League of Women Voters.

To say that political conversations in the League are different is an understatement. In the League, political discussions are nice. Members are rational, polite, and considerate of each other’s perspectives. The League takes no “sides”; it studies, it researches. It looks only at the facts and respects them. In the League, talking about politics is safe.

The 2016 election cycle has already been a complete circus, and the show is nowhere near over. Many people who never paid much attention to politics before are now looking to get involved, but are finding the climate both uninviting and uninformative. Now, more than ever, people who want to be involved but are turned off by the constant negativity need a safe place to get their political bearings.

Each of us has an opportunity this year to demonstrate how the League approaches politics differently. We should take every chance to engage people in civil conversations, to invite people to our Programs. Now, more than ever, the League needs to be that safe haven for political conversation. All it requires is for us to continue being ourselves

Dates to Remember:

August 26 - 9:30 am Equal Means Equal FREE movie Danbarry Cinema

September 13 - 7:00 pm League Get-together Steiner’s Speakeasy

September 20 - 6:00 pm Election Mayhem Main Library Annex

September 27 National Voter Registration Day

October 1 – 3:00 pm Ghost Walk Exhibit Opening Northside Library (Exhibit runs through Oct. 31)

October 4 – 7:00 pm Candidates’ Night Ross County Service Center

November 8 Election Day - GO VOTE!

Dues are now DUE!

Each year we must pay the state our share for their updates and services. If this is paid on time we get a discount so we have more money to help our own community. Dues are still $55 per member and $27.50 for student membership. There are TWO ways to pay:

ONLINE Go to and click on ‘Members’ Sign in to or create a sign in for the Members area Click the ‘Pay Dues’ button (right-hand sidebar at the top)

By MAIL Make check payable to Chillicothe-Ross League of Women Voters Mail to our Vice President of Membership:

Cheryl Richards 4971 Mt. Tabor Road Chillicothe, OH 45601

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