Making Democracy Work

Making Democracy Work for All of Us

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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The Election is Over but Your Voice Matters All Year Long + A message from Alison King, President of the LWV of Cortland County

Election results suggest that 2018 will be a year of progress in Cortland County. nearly half of County legislators -- 8 of 17 -- will be new in January. In Cortlandville, voters looked beyond political affiliation in choosing people for the town board and justice.

The election is a beginning. Whether it makes a difference depends on follow-through.

Elected officials work for us throughout the year. The League of Women Voters (LWV) does too. The League's mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

In Cortland County, the LWV focuses on local issues. Before adopting a position, the LWV studies an issue, such as whether to hire a County Administrator or import incinerator ash. We sponsor forums to educate the public and elected officials, and we encourage people to make their views known + by speaking up at government meetings, by writing letters or making phone calls, by asking questions.

In Cortland County, we have seen violations of NYS open government law, environmental quality (SEQR) law, and local government rules. Citizens expect elected representatives to uphold our laws without threat of lawsuits. The LWV monitors government actions to ensure good government practices. For democracy to work, citizens must be "fully aware of and able to observe ...the deliberations and decisions that go into the making of public policy" (NYS Public Officers Law).

By getting to know the people we elected and staying in touch with them, we let them know that we are listening and watching their actions. Voters care how their representatives vote, and the voting public wants to be heard.

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