LWV Johnston Starts to Register Voters

On Sunday, March 18th, we held our first voter registration event at Deep River Brewing Company in conjunction with a Food Truck Rodeo. Paul and Lynn Auclair, who own the Brewing Company, could not have been more gracious or accommodating before and during the event. Check them out! They are located at 700 W. Main St. Clayton.

The event was made possible by the fearless members of the Voter Registration Committee. Monica Johnson made the initial contact with the Auclair’s and Linda Brock completed the calls necessary to seal the deal. Our booth was staffed by Judy Cook, Janice Elmore, Patrice Walence and her lovely husband, Steve, Evelyn Saunders, Chris McIntyre, Charlie Keeton and Kristin Brandon. Both Cheryl Keeton and Rebecca Bradford stopped by to offer support.

We spoke to many, many people, especially Charlie! The good news is that when asked most people proudly proclaimed that indeed, they are registered to vote. We were able to register 9 individuals including two brand new voters. We handed out information sheets about the League to interested folks. This event also served as a practice run for the members of our committee to become comfortable with the process. They are amazing folks with big hearts and smart heads!

We’d love to see many more of you at our upcoming events-we are working on a schedule for more registration events as well as a training. The information will be posted as we solidify it. Our next committee meeting is Tuesday 3/20 at 1:00 at Chefella’s Café located at 436 E. Main St Clayton. Feel free to join us!

What is Democracy and Why Does it Matter?

When asked by the War Board to respond to “What is Democracy,” E.B. White wrote in 1943: 

“It is the line that forms on the right. It is the don’t in don’t shove. It is the hole in the stuffed shirt through which the sawdust slowly trickles; it is the dent in the high hat. Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time. It is the feeling of privacy in the voting booths, the feeling of communion in the libraries, the feeling of vitality everywhere. Democracy is a letter to the editor. Democracy is the score at the beginning of the ninth. It is an idea which hasn’t been disproved yet, a song the words of which have not gone bad. “

Democracy is messy, boisterous, opinionated, capable of greatness and equally capable of great folly. Like we humans, democracy is not perfect, and can be deeply flawed. But it has the capacity to be vibrant and life affirming. It holds the promise that “we, the people,” can band together to make change. Sometimes that change lasts, other times it doesn’t. There is always the push and pull of strong beliefs and special interests.

In the end though, I firmly believe that Democracy is worth it. It is worth our time and attention to band together to form a “more perfect union.” It is worth it to take a stand, to be able to say what we want to say. It is worth it even when we don’t like what our political leaders are doing. It is worth it, because ultimately it is founded on us.

We cannot just rely on our Democracy to take care of itself. As citizens, we are responsible for educating ourselves about issues and candidates, for taking a stand on issues that are important to us, for advocating for public policy issues or supporting others who are doing so for us. And most important of all, we are responsible for exercising our right to vote.

We invite you to join us in the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Johnston County to help educate voters about issues and candidates, increase voter registration and participation in elections, and advocate for major public policy issues.

A Democracy is only as strong as the people who are actively engaged in supporting it, challenging it and advocating for it. Join us and help “shine a light on Democracy.”

LWV-Johnston Wins Grant to Register New Voters

The League of Women Voters of Johnston County (LWV-Johnston) recently received a $500 grant to increase voter registration among youth in Johnston County. The LWV-Johnston will be conducting registration drives in various schools and other venues in the spring of 2018.

"We are delighted to receive our first grant to help increase youth voter registration in our county," says Cheryl Keeton, President of the LWV-Johnston. "The League of Women Voters is committed to increasing voter registration and assisting voters through education efforts and public policy advocacy. We welcome all who are interested in learning more about us, volunteering or becoming members of our League."

To learn more about the LWV-Johnston, go to lwvjohnston.org or visit us on Facebook. The LWV-Johnston is a chapter of the National League of Women Voters.