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Date: August 2012
Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina
Event: School Program
Partners: Spartanburg County Historical Association
The League of Women Voters of Spartanburg County County partnered with the Spartanburg County Historical Association to offer “Order in the Court!," a 5-day program for students using the judicial diversity workbook developed by the League last year. As part of "Order in the Court!," students drew pictures to illustrate the idea that “a diverse judiciary in South Carolina is important because it instills confidence in citizens that court decisions will be fair and impartial.” These illustrations were posted on the Spartanburg League's Facebook page, “The Gavel.”State:
Date: October 5, 2012
Location: Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina
Partners: South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
The League of Women Voters of South Carolina will co-sponsor a conference, "Law Practice Diversity: Leadership, Communication, and Technology," on October 5, 2012, in Charleston. Speakers will include South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal, South Carolina Supreme Court Justice Kaye Hearn, United States Magistrate Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks, Horry County Master-in-Equity Judge Cynthia Graham Howe, South Carolina Bar Association President-Elect Alice Paylor, and former Columbia College President Caroline Whitson.State:
By: Tim O'Brien
When held up to legal scrutiny, there is no evidence of voter impersonation at the polls. However, millions could be disenfranchised and lose their right to vote because of photo ID laws enacted in a number of states.
In addition to the radio ads, we recently aired in Maine and Tennessee on the importance of disclosure in general, our state and local Leagues across the country have also been working hard to ensure their Senators know we want them to stop secret spending and to give the voters the information they need to make informed decisions. Below are just some of the Letters to the Editors and Op Eds that our state and local Leagues have succeeded in getting published on the importance of disclosure.
By: Tim O'Brien
The League and its allies were successful in keeping voter ID bills from passing in a number of states including Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon and Virginia. Only Kansas, Pennsylvania and Tennessee have passed voter photo ID laws that are currently in effect. In retrospect, thanks to the Leagues ongoing work, we are better off than we had anticipated when the legislative sessions began!
Didn’t want you to miss this recent article in the National Journal! League President Elisabeth MacNamara and Senior Elections Director Jeanette Senecal are among the “foes” in this piece on how the “Foes of Voter ID Laws Find Ways to Mute Their Impact.”
By: Cynthia Padera
By: Cynthia Padera
A new publication from the League of Women Voters Education Fund, "From Theory to Practice: A Grassroots Education Campaign," shares lessons learned by the state and local Leagues in Kansas and South Carolina that participated in "Safeguarding Democracy: Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary" from 2009-2012. The publication is intended as a resource for Leagues and partner organizations that seek guidance for the implementation of successful grassroots education campaigns.