League supports women voting

The League of Women Voters urges Glen Rock residents to vote on Nov. 8

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The League of Women Voters urges Glen Rock residents to vote on Nov. 8

by Alexa Miceli, Staff Writer

Donald Trump? Hillary Clinton? Whoever one votes for, the League Of Women Voters doesn’t ask – they simply want people to vote.

The League of Women Voters is a group that spreads the word about voting and encourages students to register. In the state of New Jersey, one can register to vote at the age of seventeen.

Evelyn Auerbach is a 92 year old woman who has been a part of the league for 62 years. She joined the league because she wanted to make new friends, was interested in what was happening in the world, and knew she would learn new things from the league.

“Women know what is going on in the country. They know what is going on with voting. They urge people to vote, and it is a right given to the people of the United States, and it’s not given to many other people around the world,” Auerbach said.

She believes the League has impacted voting because they bring voting awareness to new Americans and high school students before the election. The League also visits old age homes to find people who have not voted.

“We feel that everybody that reaches the age of eighteen should be voting on how we do things,” Auerbach said. The League doesn’t ask its registrants to register as democrat, republican, or independent as they are not party affiliated.

Additionally, Auerbach says that men can be in the league and that they are some active men in the League.

When the league just started, women did not have the right to vote.               

Eileen Gallagher, the League’s treasurer, has been a member for six years.The history of the league holds major importance for her. She said “The league was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920, it was 6 months before the 19th amendment was ratified giving women the right to vote.”

Students’ role in the league would be, “helping with voter registration drives and promoting the league by being role models at the high school for informed civic involvement throughout our community.” One must be at least 16 to join the league, but joining will, “hopefully make you be more enthusiastic about being involved in government.”

According to Gallagher the League’s goal is to, “give service that affects our lives, voting and advocacy.”

The League holds voter registration drives and interview the legislatures in certain districts to get information. Gallagher said, “This year it will be about Automatic Voter Registration and the choice to opt out and allowing felons who have served their time to be able to vote and early voting.”

The director of voter services, Mary Barchetto, runs the new internship program for the league at the High School. The program has been running since this fall.

“In the next few weeks, students will help give presentations in various classes to help their fellow students learn the importance of voting and the ‘how-to’ for registering and actually voting on Election Day,” Barchetto said.

Also according to Barchetto, students can also help, “On October 20th, several students will be helping at Candidates Night in Town, where the candidates for local elections will answer selected questions from the audience at Borough Hall.”

For the rest of the year student interns will help at various voter registration drives and attend local speakers and events

The League’s focus is truly on voting, registering people for voting, making sure voter rights are predicted, and educating vote. Auerbach said “You should be voting because you live in the United States. You know the way you want to be treated. You know the way you want people to treat each other, the way in which you want the laws to read in the United States for everybody to be treated equally.”