On September 16, Julie Hussey from the League of Women Voters of the U.S. spoke with our students about being active and informed citizens. This includes how to be an effective advocate for issues one is passionate about. She also shared information about the League’s efforts to battle voter suppression, inform voters, expand voter access, and push for campaign finance reform. Many of these issues have been critical during the pandemic, and all of this led to some great questions and reflections.
This presentation was part of our annual Fall exploration of government and elections and culminates in our exit polling project on Election Day. Students also heard from candidates from various political parties, political scientists, and others. Talking with them enables our students to form their own opinions based on research and first-hand experience – key concepts in developing students who will think critically for themselves.
The League of Women Voters Charleston has been helping “Make Democracy Work” since 1947. They encourage “informed and active participation in government” and “influence public policy through education and advocacy, but never support or oppose any political party or candidate”. [x] To learn more about the work Ms. Hussey does and the mission of the League of Women Voters of the U.S., visit her LMV staff bio at: https://www.lwv.org/about-us/staff-leadership/julie-hussey