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North Carolina LWV Statement on District 9 Election Integrity

North Carolina LWV Demands District 9 Election Integrity 12/7/2018

Chapel Hill, NC + The League of Women Voters of North Carolina is committed to fair elections and strongly supports the Board of Elections' decision to delay certification of the results of the 9th Congressional District election until a thorough investigation has been conducted. The integrity of our election process must be ensured, and those responsible for undermining our democracy should be held accountable.

The reports to date provide alarming evidence of an ongoing effort to illegally harvest ballots, buy votes, dispose of ballots, and alter voters' intended choices. North Carolina state law authorizes the Board of Elections to order a new general election if the nature of these offenses "taint[s] the results of the entire election and cast[s] doubt on its fairness."

"Elections that are both fair and represent the will of all voters are essential to retaining our state's democratic process," said Janet Hoy, president of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina. "The state has the responsibility to ensure the integrity of our elections. The League of Women Voters of North Carolina calls upon state officials to complete a thorough investigation to ensure voter confidence in our elections."

As the investigation continues, the League will remain watchful and fully prepared to take whatever steps are necessary to protect the voices of North Carolina voters.


Contact: Janet Hoy | LWVNC President |

Former League Board Member on Charlotte Observer Opinion Forum

The Charlotte Observer published Tom E. Bowers, letter to the Observer Forum on November 27, 2018.

Observer Forum 11/27/2018

Wage distribution In the U.S. is a crime

How can we call for affordable housing with­out recognizing the eco­nomic injustice of wage distribution?

The wealth gap has been growing since the late 70s and is supported by the so­called free market invisible hand guiding the econo­my. There is only hired lobbyists and funded poli­ticians to craft legislation and tax policy that fur­thers their wealth.

Wage policies pay CEOs and executives based on market benchmarks while direct labor is paid based on the lowest rate possible to get needed help. There is little justification for fired CEOs walking away with millions after damaging the corporation.

- Tom E. Bowers, Charlotte

LWVCM on local radio

League of Women Voters shared a Civics Class with listeners before the election on how Districts. Their talk aired on local stations: V101.9 and Power98 (97.9)

You can listen to the entire program here:

League President Johnson Hurt on WFAE

WFAE interviewed League President Delores Johnson Hurt about the decision by some GOP candidates to skip the Candidates' Forum: A Woman's Perspective on Issues co-sponsored by the League. GOP Candidates Say They'll Skip League of Women Voter Forums

Charlotte Observer Editorial on GOP decision to skip Candidates' Forum

Observer references League's Education Action Team at School Board Meeting

The League was among the groups urging the School Board to take action to ensure equity among schools. Read the article from the Charlotte Observer here: Groups urge CMS to get cracking on equal opportunity.

LWVCM President Delores Johnson-Hurt on Low Voter Turnout

League President Delores Johnson-Hurt was a guest speaker on WFAE's Charlotte Talks to discuss the low voter turn out during the last election. You can listen to the November 7, 2017 program by clicking here:

Charlotte Talks: Local Elections Are Big On Impact, Small On Turnout

Charlotte Magazine features President Delores Johnson-Hurt

You can read the complete article here:

Charlotte Magazine Article about Delores Johnson-Hurt

Tom E. Bowers' Letter to the Editor published in Charlotte Observer Forum

The Charlotte Observer publishes Tom E Bowers' Letter to the Editor where he advocates for a more balanced economic reward system. Tom is the First Vice President & Director of the Charlotte Mecklenburg League of Women Voters. You an see the posting here:

Debbie Snowdon's Letter to the Editor published in Charlotte Observer Forum

Debbie Snowdon, the League's Second Vice President and Director of Communications writes to the Charlotte Observer about demanding a non-partisan process for creating voting districts. Snowdon is also a member of the League's Redistricting Action Team.

Read the PDF here:

Debbie Snowdon Letter to the Editor

Charlotte Observer quotes Tom Bowers statement to County Commission

The Charlotte Observer quoted Tom E. Bowers, First Vice President & Director of the League's Education Action Team.

Read Tom Bowers' complete statement is below:

We appreciate the important synergy that exists between CMS, who develop and present a strong budget plan and the Commission, which must ensure careful oversight of the CMS budget. It is clear that both groups take their responsibilities seriously and conduct themselves with integrity and mutual respect.

The League of Women Voters has always supported strong public education. Our Charlotte-Mecklenburg League has been closely following the new CMS student assignment plan and bond referendum. We witness the educational challenges our community faces and the great legacy and successes we enjoy.

Members of the League urge your full support for the bond issue to build, replace and renovate much needed schools throughout the county because it will provide facilities that now serve almost twice the students for which a building was built. This results in aging mobile units, overburdened cafeterias, inadequate restrooms and no space for special classes.

These capital expenditures will also expand access to the district's planned magnet programs.

The League strongly urges you to approve the proposed expenditure to wipe out the waiting list of four and five-year-olds for the child care subsidy program. Study after study confirms the value of pre-K education for all children. You will recall that the Opportunity Task Force said,

"A child's earliest years have a profound and often lasting impact on his or her school success, career success, and adult life. Early care and education in particular pose opportunities for substantial long-term benefits to both children and the general public."

Chicago and Michigan studies* show that investments in early education return $7 to $16 for every dollar spent by reducing costs of remedial education, criminal justice, and welfare while increasing worker skills, income levels and economic productivity,

The budget proposal for early childhood education to serve all four and five-year-olds is a welcome start, and we urge your approval.

Important funding is still needed to complete the CMS plan for meeting the social and emotional needs of our students. $4.5 million is requested to provide an additional 42 counselors, 6 psychologists and 12 social workers. Physical and social needs must be met before a teacher can teach and a child can learn.

A caring community funds that commitment. We trust that as caring stewards you will support these vital programs that build the foundation for all of our futures. Thank You all!

  • The Chicago Child Parent Centers (CPCs) were similar to current state Pre-K programs in design and cost. The Chicago Longitudinal Study reported a $7.14 to $1 benefit-cost ratio. The High/Scope Perry Preschool Program that operated in the Ypsilanti, Michigan school district has been estimated to have a benefit to cost ratio of 16:1 over 40 years.

LWVCM President makes remarks at CMS Board of Education Public Hearing

League President, Delores Johnson Hurt presented remarks at the May 9, 2017 CMS Board of Education Public Hearing.

Read the full remarks below:

We at the League appreciate that the Board made some changes to increase socioeconomic diversity in CMS schools. Reducing concentrations of poverty was one of the key guidelines, and you've helped us make a start in that direction.

However, the overall impacts of the plan on making schools more socioeconomically diverse were minimal. We believe such diversity is an important element for students learning in the 21st century, and we urge you to ensure that no matter what zip code a child is born into, he or she will acquire an equitable educational opportunity. We look to you to make sure that the many elements that define school equity are present across CMS, and we hope to see a new Equity Committee formed that can assess and monitor our progress.

The Opportunity Task Force vision for us is that we be :a community that cares about all our children and youth --regardless of income, race or zip code-- and is a community where all our children feel they belong, have big dreams, and find the opportunities to achieve those dreams." As we watch the reactions to your very modest changes to our student assignment plan, we do not yet see that community. The Task Force asks for our leaders -- "governmental, philanthropic, business, faith, nonprofit, neighborhood, and grassroots--as well as the community at large," to "willingly come together to reorganize our systems and structures, to change policies and practices, and to boldly embrace and rally around their vision." The League of Women Voters Charlotte Mecklenburg shares that aspiration and hopes that you act according to this vision on behalf of all of us.

Thank you.