A Reminder:

League of Women Voters and American Democracy Project

to Host

Forum on Safeguarding Local Votes

Voter ID Law and St. Joseph Co. Vote Counting Problems to Be Discussed October 9th.

“We are eager to provide voters and local organizations with the information they need to make sure their vote is counted in the 2008 election. “

–Lisa Plencner, President, League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area

“Local citizens are registering to vote in record numbers. It is imperative that they be able to cast a vote on Election Day and have that vote be counted.”

– Dr. Elizabeth A. Bennion, Campus Director, American Democracy Project, IU South Bend

On Thursday, October 9th, the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area and the American Democracy Project of IU South Bend will host a public forum entitled: Safeguarding Your Vote: Making Every Vote Count“.

The event will be held from 6:00-7:30 in The Grille (Administration Building Cafeteria) on the IU South Bend Campus. The event is free and open to the public. The non-partisan, student-led Political Science Club is cosponsoring.

The League of Women Voters introduced the idea of the forum based on its deep concern about voter disenfranchisement. The League is concerned both about disenfranchisement before votes are cast and when they are counted.

The forum will document the League’s struggles to insure that the Voter ID Law does not deprive eligible voters of their right to vote. It will also document the past failures of election official in St. Joseph County to count and certify all votes cast in recent elections. Most importantly, the forum will provide a call to action, along with specific information about what people can do to insure that all votes are counted in November.

Speakers will include:

Tom Brown, 2007 Mayoral Candidate, South Bend

Ballot Access and Write-In Voting: Making Every Vote Count”

William R. Groth, Esq., Fillenwarth Dennerline Groth & Towe, LLP, Indianapolis

“The Voter ID Law: What Citizens Should Know”

Lisa Plencner, President, League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area

“The Sunshine Coalition: Safeguarding Votes and Democracy Using Citizen Observers”

The evening will also feature a special street theater presentation by students of South Bend’s Clay High School and information tables by local groups helping voters secure voter ID and registration forms.

Local activists hope to address the issue of Indiana’s unfair ballot access laws that severely restrict choices for Hoosier voters on Election Day.

All local citizens and media are encouraged to attend.