Announcements, Press Releases, Media Coverage, and Other News.
Our League Registers New Voters
Millions of Americans celebrated National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 26th. The League of Women Voters Sussex County, DE (LWVSC) participated in this massive 50-state effort to register new voters. Continuing with its "Focus on Millennials" in 2016, the League held two voter registration events at Delaware Technical Community College (Del Tech) + one at midday for day students and one in the evening for night students. The response to both showed an increased interest in voting and making a civic difference.
Millennials, born between 1980 and 1999, are becoming a very important voting sector. According to a 2017 Brookings Report, they are engaging in civic activity at a much higher rate than the previous generation and they will outpace "Boomers" as the largest voting block within the next ten years.
"Registering new voters is only a first step. A more comprehensive outreach program is necessary to fully engage young adults. The League is actively developing education and technology elements to reach this segment." said Connie Jones, Voter Services Chair for LWVSC. Del Tech is an excellent incubator and the League is partnering with the Dean of Student Services, Gail Charrier, and the President of Student Government Association, Miles Weber, to develop new approaches that are meaningful to Millennials.
Starlynn Wood, Del Tech student, registers to vote with Michele Salvaneschi, LWVSC
Delaware ERA Now Announces Ready to RunŽ Delaware Program
The LWV supports efforts to encourage women to run for office and to help them acquire training and financial support. Delaware ERANow has announced a new program for our state beginning on October 11,2017: Ready to RunŽ Delaware.
Ready to RunŽ Delaware is a nonpartisan campaign training program to encourage and prepare women to run for elective office, position themselves for appointive office, work on a campaign, etc.
Please click on this link for more information
The registration flyer can be found here
League of Women Voters Condemns White Supremacists in Charlottesville
Washington, DC - League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement following the horrific acts by white supremacists in Virginia this weekend:
"Yesterday the world watched in horror as white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia. There is no place for hatred and violence in our democracy and all leaders must condemn these acts of domestic terrorism. We must send a strong message that while the freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly are some of our most cherished rights and must be protected, those rights do not extend to what we witnessed yesterday. The League of Women Voters stands in solidarity with the victims of violence in Charlottesville and against white supremacism."
Contact: Sarah Courtney | 202-263-1332 | firstname.lastname@example.org
LWVSC Annual Report to Sussex County Council
The League's Annual Report to the Sussex County Council was presented by Janet Ambrose, Observer Corps Chair, on Tuesday, July 18, at 10 AM in the Council Chambers in Georgetown.
For the full text of her report, click here
UPDATE on LWVSC's Land Use Committee Findings Regarding new 2018 Comprehensive Plan
In 2015, the Land Use Committee completed the initial five public workshop/forums in each of the five councilmanic districts to educate the public on the drafting of a new Comprehensive Plan for 2018. The results of these forums are published here.
The focus of these forums was not only to educate residents on the significance of this plan, but to stress the importance of the public's active involvement in the drafting of this Plan. Click on this link
to learn about the current forums that have been scheduled.
Other informative information can be accessed at the following links.
Comprehensive Plan Checklist.
County Comprehensive Plan Adoption Procedures.
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"The Voter" Newsletter
Check out our newest publication of The Voter - July 2017 Newsletter
"They Represent You" Pamphlet Becomes "Constituent Services Guide"
"They Represent You" Directories Have Been Published by Sussex County This Election Cycle as "Constituent Services Guide"
In past years, the pamphlets of governmental information relied on by Sussex residents, entitled "They Represent You" were provided by funding from Sussex County Council, and updated and distributed by the LWVSC team.
This year, however, instead of authorizing funding to the league, the county decided to create and distribute the directories "in-house." They are now available under this different title and can be obtained at the County Administration offices in Georgetown at 2 The Circle. Any questions related to this document can be directed to Sussex County at (302) 855‐7742. The League regrets this lost opportunity to partner with the County administration.
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