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the harford coUntY


The Newsletter of the League of Women Voters of Harford County, Maryland November, 2012 sandra tracy, president Karen heppen, editor ________________________________________________________________________________

monday, november 19 4:30 pm lwV harford board meeting Slavie Bank, Bel Air All are welcome! thursday, november 29 6:00 pm film series: Windfall Harford Community College Edgewood Hall - Room E132 (See flyer for more information) saturday, december 1 1:30 pm grid resiliency: meeting marylands 21st century needs Annapolis Library, 1410 West Street Annapolis, MD (See flyer for more information) saturday, January 26 9:30 am lwVmd winter workshop Wilde Lake Interfaith Center Columbia, MD (See flyer for more information)

presidents message
Dear Harford Leaguers and Friends, This issue of the Harford Voter comes a little later this month because we have been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY with many pre-election activities. Now comes the time for reflection, and I am extremely proud of our board and members for the energy and commitment they put into League business which was done cheerfully and competently. We fulfilled our goal of public awareness and education as we organized and sponsored the Know Your Vote event at Harford Community College with the help of the Harford Chapter of the AAUW and the college Political Awareness Association as well as through our production and distribution of the online and print 2012 General Election Voters Guides. In addition we were invited to and addressed several county organizations and groups about the many ballot issues. Through all of these endeavors we became better educated ourselves. During Early Voting and on Election Day we evaluated Harfords precincts and were privileged to see organized functioning, and well-trained, courteous election judges amid long lines of voters. We know this good outcome does not just happen; it takes effort, organization and commitment by our Board of Election. And we say Kudos to all of who worked to bring about an overall smoothly run election here in Harford on November 6. After a short breather, we look forward to educational and advocacy challenges which are sure to come next. In December and January there will be interesting programs presented by LWVMD. Closer to home, please see the description of Windfall, the next film in our series, and join us at Harford Community College on November 29. I hope to see you there.

lwV-harford board of directors

Sandra Tracy, President Stephanie Hallock, Vice President Karen Heppen, Secretary Bill Reuling, Treasurer Directors Elaine Boram Theresa Freligh Morita Bruce Peg Hill Eileen Coffee

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From November 9, 2012

Supreme Court Set to Review Voting Rights Act

Statement by Elisabeth MacNamara, National President of the League of Women Voters Washington, D.C. Today, the Supreme Court decided to review the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act. In a week when American democracy was on display for all the world, this action by the Court is a huge step in the wrong direction. The Voting Rights Act is an essential part of American democracy. The thought that the Supreme Court might overrule Congress and take away voting rights should send a chill down the spine of every American. The Voting Rights Act ensures that every American has an equal right to vote. With the problems in our election system exposed once again this week, the Supreme Court should be enforcing voting rights, not taking them away. From

membership coUpon leagUe of women Voters of harford coUntY Dues paid now cover membership through June 30, 2013

Name(s)_________________________________________ Telephone_______________________________________ Cell____________________________________________ Principal household member $45.00

Address___________________________________ City, State Zip_______________________________ Email_______________________________________ Please make check payable to League of WomenVoters of Harford County and mail c/o: LWVHarford, P.O. Box 291, Bel Air, MD 21014-9998 Questions? Email

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Offering thought-provoking documentary films followed by lively discussion.

all are welcome - admission is free! Join us on Thursday, November 29 at 6:00 pm Edgewood Hall - Room E132 at Harford Community College to view
With wind development in the United States growing annually at 39 percent, Windfall is an eyeopener that should be required viewing for anyone concerned about the environment and the future of renewable energy. The film documents how a proposal for wind development divides an upstate New York town as residents discover the impacts that 40 industrial wind turbines would have.

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The cancellation of the PATH and MAPP transmission projects coupled with the recent failures in electricity delivery caused by extreme weather conditions allows exploration of recent policy shifts to create a more resilient grid. Presentations by our four panelists, followed by a Q & A, will explore questions about: Keeping the current grid healthy Federal oversight of transmission and distribution State oversight of transmission and distribution Meeting 21st century needs with 21st century technology


Saturday, January 26, 2013*
Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, Columbia, MD 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia, MD 21044 -2331 410-730-7920 9:30 am 1:30 pm Registration fee: $25 Includes morning coffee/breakfast breads, lunch, materials two workshops: (Choose One) 1. Briefing on Election Administration Study - Lu Pierson 2. Preparing for Legislative Day - Barbara Schnackenberg &Ruth Crystal lunch and speaker: alice giles Co-President, LWV Howard County Social Media 101 - Facebook and Twitter - B r i n g y o u r c e l l p h o n e s !
From the North: Take Rt. 29 south to Columbia Town Center exit (Little Patuxent Pkwy). Bear right onto Gov. Warfield Pkwy. Take 2nd right onto Twin Rivers Rd. At first light turn left onto Trumpeter Rd. The Interfaith Center will be on your right. From the South: Take Rt. 29 north to Broken Land Pkwy. Follow it West through 3 traffic lights to Twin Rivers Rd and turn left. Follow Twin Rivers Rd to 2nd light and turn left onto Trumpeter Rd. The Interfaith Center will be on your right.

*snow date: february 2, 2013.

check if weather is inclement.



(deadline for registration - January 24, 2013) name _____________________________________________________________________ leagUe ___________________________________________________________________ worKshop choice: ____ preparing for legislative day

____ election adminstration study

phone ________________________

email_______________________________________ __________

amount enclosed: workshop fee ($25 per person)

i would like to make a contribution to the lois stoner scholarship fund __________ mail to:lwVmd, 111 cathedral street, suite 201, annapolis, md 21401 or call: 410-269-0232 or email: if you or someone you know would like assistance from the lois stoner scholarship fund for the workshop fee, please contact the lwVmd office.