Monthly Member E-News  -   October 30, 2016  

 * LWVGC membership renewal 
 * Have you got what it takes? 
 * PES study and consensus 
 * Voter service wrap-up 

 * Go down ballot: Candidate forum videos and VOTE411 
 * Fall 2016 Election schedule 
 * LWVO graphics for voting FAQs 

 * Voter Service Wrap-Up Meeting - Nov. 12 
 * Regionalism and the West Shore Communities - Nov. 14 
 * Relationship: Cleveland Police and the Community - Nov. 15 
 * Sports Financing in Cleveland - Nov 17 
 * Primary Systems: What are the Choices for Ohio? - Nov. 19 
 * PES Consensus Meeting - Dec. 3
Membership renewal

Renewal reminders were sent by USPS last week to all LWVGC members whose renewals are due this fall but not yet received. If you received a notice please renew ASAP to help us continue the important work that League does. You can renew by mailing a check along with the membership form to the address on the form or you can renew online (click here

Note: You are not up for renewal if you joined the League since January 31, 2016, or if you are a 50-year Lifetime member. 

Please, consider including a donation along with your dues. Your donation will help make League membership affordable for others for whom the dues and other costs are a barrier to membership and participation. 

Have you got what it takes?

The Nominating Committee is looking for a few great Leaguers! If you're interested in gaining leadership experience while serving LWVGC, we have fantastic opportunities for you. Each year, six two-year board positions are up for election. AND we have leadership positions from chapter officers to board committees that need your talents. Prior experience is not required, just dedication and passion for the League's critical work of Making Democracy Work. Send me your name! Send me your friend's name! Ask me your questions! And thanks for all you do! 
- Conda Boyd, nominating chair; email:; phone: 440-899-2987

Primary election systems study and consensus

Ohio League members need to start thinking about what kind of position we want to have on primary election systems (PES). In the "UPCOMING EVENTS" list below, please note two important dates to this effort. On November 19, Vladimir Kogan, an expert from OSU, will speak about primary election options and on December 3, LWVGC will hold its consensus meeting. See details on times and locations below under "UPCOMING EVENTS." Both events will be held at CCPL branches that are easy to find, equidistant for everybody, and not too far from anybody, so do plan to be there for both! You can start thinking about primaries now by looking up the PES study materials on the LWVO website (click here).  

Voter service wrap-up

Please note details below under "UPCOMING EVENTS" for a November 12 meeting to debrief our voter service activities. Everyone who participated in voter service activities for this fall election is welcome. Bring your experiences, concerns, and ideas.

Go down ballot

Encourage your friends, family, and coworkers to access the following League resources to help with decisions on down ballot races. 

Candidate forum videos 

Videos of two League candidate forums are available on the LWVGC YouTube channel: 

Includes races for Ohio Senate District 24, Ohio House Districts 6, 8, and 9, and the Ohio Board of Education District 11. 

Includes races for Ohio House District 16 and Ohio Senate District 24. 

And, - online League Voter Guide 

Candidate information for federal, state, and Cuyahoga County offices, including judicial races, has been uploaded onto This website also includes other useful voting information including links to local resources.  

Election schedule

Vote-by-mail (VBM) and early voting are now in progress. For a detailed early voting schedule go to the LWVGC website: click here.

Other important election dates are: 
Nov. 5, noon: deadline for VBM ballot applications 
Nov. 7: postmark deadline for VBM ballots mailed in the U.S. 
Nov. 8: Election Day - polls open 6:30 am to 7:30 pm

LWVO graphics for voting information

LWV of Ohio has produced several "infographics" for election FAQs, some of which address several critical, current concerns: 

Feel free to download, use, print, and distribute these to friends, family, and others. All infographics can be seen on LWVO's Facebook page.  

Voter Service Wrap-Up Meeting - Nov. 12

Everyone who participated in voter registration, candidate forums, and other voter service activities for this election is invited to this session to share, evaluate and brainstorm. 

Saturday, Nov. 12, 9:30 am to noon 
Brooklyn Branch, CCPL 
4480 Ridge Road, Brooklyn 44144 
RSVP to Penny Jeffrey,

West Side Public Policy Forum: Regionalism and the West Shore Communities - Nov. 14

The panel will discuss current initiatives in the delivery of services in Cuyahoga County, explore possibilities for future cooperation, and respond to audience comments and questions. 

Janice Patterson will moderate. Panelists include: 
Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County executive 
Edward Kraus, Cuyahoga County regional coordinator 
Mike Summers, Lakewood mayor 
Pam Bobst, Rocky River mayor 

Monday, Nov. 14, 6:30 pm 
Lakewood Public Library, Main Branch 
15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood 44107
Free and open to the public

Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums: 

Relationship between Cleveland Police and the Community - Nov. 15

Cleveland and cities across America say they are reinvesting in community policing as a way to rebuild trust between their police departments and the communities they protect. We take a look at what Cleveland is already doing, where the department is headed and what it's learned in the past two years, which have been among the most eventful in the police department's history.

Mark Naymik, metro reporter,, will moderate. Panelists include: 
Blaine A. Griffen, executive director, community relations, City of Cleveland 
Wayne Drummond, deputy chief, Cleveland Police Department 
Dr. Rhonda Williams, director, Social Justice Institute, Case Western Reserve University

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7:00 - 8:30 pm 
Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU Campus 
11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland 44106 
The forum is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. To register click here.

Sports Financing in Cleveland: What Will They Want Next? - Nov 17 

Should the taxpayer be responsible for financing sports stadiums, training facilities, etc? Or should the owners of the teams be required to maintain the venues out of their own profits? 

Peter Krouse, editorial writer,, will moderate. Panelists include: 
Len Komoroski, CEO, Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena 
Peter G. Pattakos, lawyer, sports fan, and vocal opponent of the "sin tax" 
Jack Schron, Cuyahoga County Council Member, District 6 

Tuesday, Nov 17, 7:00-8:30 pm 
Lakewood Public Library, Main Branch 
15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood 44107 
The forum is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. To register click here.

All Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums are co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland,, Plain Dealer, and the library systems of Lakewood and Cuyahoga County. Corporate sponsor is First Interstate Properties, Ltd.
Hot Topic Forum: Primary Systems: What are the Choices for Ohio? - Nov. 19

Dr. Vladimir Kogan, assistant professor of political science, Ohio State University, will discuss alternatives to Ohio's current primary system, options that might lead to more competitive elections.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2:00 pm 
Parma Snow Branch, CCPL 
2121 Snow Road, Parma 44134 
Free and open to the public 

For more information click here.

This past year LWVO has executed a primary elections systems study, which League members will examine and discuss this fall to develop possible public policy positions

PES Consensus Meeting - Dec. 3

It's time for Ohio League members to start thinking about Primary Election Systems (PES). Mark your calendars now for the LWVGC consensus meeting. 

Saturday, Dec. 3, 9:30 am 
Brooklyn Branch, CCPL 
4480 Ridge Road, Brooklyn 44144 
For LWV members and their guests only 

Learn more from the study materials now available on the LWVO website (click here).

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