League of Women Voters plan drive-through petition signing

Diane Vogtsberger collects signatures to put an amendment on the state ballot changing the way U.S. Congressional districts are drawn.

(Submitted by League of Women Voters)

The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Toledo-Lucas County, Perrysburg Area and Bowling Green are sponsoring a drive-up/drive- through, redistricting petition signing. On Saturday Sept. 2 of Labor Day weekend, LWV members and volunteers will be under colorful canopies with red, white and blue balloons from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations in Wood and Lucas Counties.

Fair Districts=Fair Elections is a non-partisan effort of the Ohio LWV to place a redistricting amendment on the 2018 ballot. If successful, Ohio voters will have an opportunity to vote on the issue, which would put an end to gerrymandering, the practice of legislatures drawing congressional districts to favor one political party over another.

LWV Bowling Green President Lee Hakel says, “We want to make it easy for people to support this issue. Just drive up to any of the locations, and we will hand you the petition to sign.”

The ease of signing is echoed by LWV Perrysburg Area President Nancy Kelley, who says, “People do not even have to get out of their cars, which is so convenient for those with young children or those running errands and preparing for the holiday.”

“Anyone who is a registered voter in the state of Ohio is eligible to sign the petition. It does not matter which county they live in,” adds Toledo-Lucas County President Audrey Berning-Matell, “and we can also register voters and update their voter registration at the same time.”

The Wood County locations are:

  • Perrysburg – Country Charm parking lot, Ken’s Flowers side
  • Bowling Green – Bowling Green Library, North Main Street

LWV is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. The LWV, founded in 1920, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. As a citizen education organization, the LWV registers voters, provides unbiased information on candidates and issues, sponsors debates and candidates' nights, and produces informational publications on critical public policy issues.

Fair Districts=Fair Elections is a coalition of The League of Women Voters of Ohio and more than 30 other organizations including: Common Cause Ohio, AAUW of Ohio, Equality Toledo, Ohio Council of Churches, Ohio Education Association, Ohio Environmental Council, Ohio Farmers Union, and Ohio Voter Rights Coalition.