The League of Women Voters of Warren County (LWV-WC) held its annual business meeting May 30 at the Warren County Historical Society. State Rep. Kathy Rapp joined the LWV-WC members to present a citation from the PA House honoring the LWV-WC for the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Warren chapter in 1962. State Senator Mary Jo White was unable to attend, but she sent a citation from the PA Senate similarly honoring the LWV-WC's anniversary.
Lisa Zuck, voter registrar and director of elections, was guest speaker. She narrated a Powerpoint presentation on voter registration requirements, primary election eligibility, and absentee voting requirements.
Zuck explained the new state-wide voter ID requirements that will be in force starting with the November 2012 election. All voters are now required to show a photo ID that contains an expiration date that is current when they arrive at their polling place to vote or apply for an absentee ballot. Acceptable forms of ID include PA driver's license or PA non-driver's photo ID, valid U.S. passport, valid U.S. military card, photo ID issued by a PA care facility, and photo ID from an accredited PA public or private college, university or seminary. A voter can obtain a photo ID free of charge at a PennDOT Driver License Center.
Michelle Gray (incoming VP-programs), State Rep. Kathy Rapp, and Jane Dunshie (outgoing VP-programs) reviewing citations from the PA House and the PA Senate honoring the LWV-WC for its 50th anniversary.
New officers were installed for the 2012-2014 term. Current secretary Sue Swab and current VP-membership Sharon Albrecht will continue their positions for the next two years. Michelle Gray will replace outgoing VP-programs Jane Dunshie.
Members discussed activities to take place over the next six months to commemorate the anniversary of LWV-WC. Interested members will travel to Seneca Falls, N.Y., this summer to tour the Women's Rights National Historical Park there. The signature anniversary event will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, when LWV-WC hosts an afternoon social for LWV-WC alumni, especially founding members of the chapter, and then joins the Warren County Historical Society, Allegheny Center for the Arts and the Women's Club in presenting a short play about the Equality Rights convention in Seneca Falls in 1848.
Janice Horn, a LWV-Clarion chapter member and the LWV-WC's liaison to the State LWV, attended the business meeting. Horn congratulated the LWV-Warren chapter for celebrating the anniversary in 2012 and for their growing membership.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization. It encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. More information is available at www.palwv.org.