PBS Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

The Vote
Friday, June 19, 2020 | 7:00 pm
Join us from your living room on a virtual screening platform called OVEE.
Take a 60-minute look inside this new four-hour, two-part documentary that tells the dramatic story of the epic crusade waged by American women for the right to vote.
The executive director of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, Diana Bailey, will be on hand to answer questions and offer comments throughout the screening. RSVP below to register for this free and engaging event.
About The Vote: 
Focusing primarily on the movement’s militant and momentous final decade, the film charts American women’s determined march to the ballot box and illuminates the myriad social, political, and cultural obstacles that stood in their path. The Vote delves deeply into the animating controversies that divided the nation in the early 20th century – gender, race, state's rights, and political power – and offers an absorbing lesson in the delicate, often fractious dynamics of social change.
Timed to the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote is narrated by Kate Burton and features the voices of Mae Whitman (Alice Paul), Audra McDonald (Ida B. Wells), Laura Linney (Carrie Chapman Catt) and Patricia Clarkson (Harriot Stanton Blatch) as they portray some of the unsung warriors of the movement.
Written, directed and produced by Emmy Award-winner Michelle Ferrari and executive-produced by Mark Samels and Susan Bellows, The Vote premieres Monday and Tuesday, July 6-7, 9:00-11:00 pm ET on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE on MPT, mpt.org and the MPT video app.
With funding from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the documentary is part of the PBS Trailblazers summer programming lineup honoring the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
About Maryland Women's Heritage Center:
The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center (MWHC) aims to achieve positive change in the lives of Marylanders by recognizing and documenting contributions of women to our social, political, and economic order.
MWHC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization, was established to preserve the past, understand the present, and shape the future by recognizing, respecting, and transmitting the experiences and contributions of Maryland women of diverse backgrounds and from all regions of the state. The center is an outgrowth of the Maryland Women’s History Project that began in 1980 as a collaborative venture between the Maryland Commission for Women and the Maryland State Department of Education.
The center also promotes opportunities and equality for women and girls, serves as a resource clearinghouse for information about Maryland women, and provides a gathering place for workshops, forums, and other special events to address issues impacting girls, women, and their families.
About OVEE:
OVEE is a shared media viewing experience – a powerful way to reach, connect, and engage with audiences. OVEE stands for Online Viewing and Engagement Experience.
Created by ITVS and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), OVEE combines quality HD media and livestream content with the community-building conversation of social media in a single-screen experience.
Through OVEE, filmmakers, educators, public media stations and other partners create online screenings that bring together fans, students, subject experts and special guests to watch streaming media and chat live in a virtual theater. The OVEE chat enables viewers to discuss the topic, share resources, and ask questions of panelists and experts featured in the video.
As always, Friday Freeview screenings are free and open to the public!
We do, however, rely on support from viewers like you to keep wonderful programs such as this available. Please make a donation to help us continue our mission of enriching lives and strengthening communities.
Questions? Contact Jessie at events@mpt.org

June 2020 Primary - Tell Us How It Went

The Everyone Votes Maryland coalition will be hosting a virtual town hall this Thursday.June 11th, at 6:00 pm featuring voters like you.

In order to learn how voting rights advocates can work to ensure every eligible voter is ready to vote in the General Election we want to hear from YOU about your experience voting in the June 2nd primary - whether by mail, drop-box or at a vote center in person.

Sign up to attend and share your voting story: https://forms.gle/4tjx52L2VmEz3SYZA 

Please join us for a special town hall event on Thursday, June 11th, at 6pm where the featured guest will be YOU the voter.

We want to offer you the opportunity to make your voice heard and share your experience - good or bad - so we can learn what worked for this election & what didn’t and make sure we advocate for best practices in November.

You must RSVP to receive a link to join the webinar. And if you have a positive or negative experience you would like to share to help us understand the best practices needed going forward, please submit your experience using the form.

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LWVHC Voters' Guide Advertising Opportunity

LWVHC Voters' Guide Advertising Opportunity

The League of Women Voters of Howard County plans to publish our 2020 Primary Elections Voters’ Guide. Buying advertising in the Voters' Guide is an excellent opportunity to reach out to a wide range of Howard County citizens while supporting education and civic engagement. For information go to Voter's Guide Advertising Rate Sheet

Fresh Air Podcast - The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College

Gov. Hogan Postpones Primary Election and Changes to D7 Special Election

Maryland Governor Hogan has postponed Maryland's Primary Election from April 28, 2020 to June 2, 2020, five weeks later.  The Special General Election for the 7th Congressional District has NOT been postponed, but will take place by mail. 

The Special General Election is only for the 7th District to finish out the rest of the former Elijah Cumming's term.  However, due to the gerrymandering of congressional districts in Maryland, the 7th District includes parts of Howard County, Baltimore County, and Baltimore city. The three candidates are listed on the Maryland BOE site.  This is the first time that the state is attempting a completely mail-in ballot, which is different than absentee voting.

You may want to read the online Baltimore Sun article for more details. We also urge you to access the numerous free resources on our website and on the other websites that we support, the LWVMD, the LWVNCA, and the LWVUS.

Maryland Board of Elections Press Release, including process for D7 Special Election



Primary Election - JUNE 2, 2020 7 am until 8 pm

  • Early Voting for the Primary Election - Thursday, MAY 21, 2020 through Thursday, MAY 28, 2020 from 10 am until 8 pm.

General Election - November 3, 2020, 7 am until 8 pm

  • Early Voting for the General Election - Thursday, October 22, 2020 through Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 8 am until 8 pm.

GreenFest - April 4 - CANCELLED

13th annual GreenFest on Saturday, April 4 has been CANCELLED.
Visit HCGreenfest.org for workshop schedules, outdoor activity information and more.

CANCELLED: April 1, 2020 Unit Meeting

CANCELLED: Education Report at April Unit Meeting

In this time of uncertainty, we have decided to cancel the Unit Meeting which was to be held on April 1, 2020 at Historic Oakland. With the continuing fear of the spread COVID – 19 and with the consideration of the health and safety of our members, we are following the advice of local, state and national leaders who are urging all citizens to take extra precautions at this time.

This meeting was scheduled to hear the report of the Equity in Education Study Committee, to discuss the report and to reach concurrence to possibly change our Position. There is not a deadline for doing this and in conversation with both Krista Threefoot, LWVHC Director of Education, and Beth Hufnagel, LWVHC President, it was decided to move this important meeting to the first Unit Meetings in September.

You will receive specific information about the date, time, and place for our September meetings in August. You will also receive the link to the Education Study again. In the meantime, if you would like to peruse the information and the data in the report, you can find it online in the March Voter beginning on page 5

Also, we have not canceled our May Unit Meetings, so please watch for information regarding the status of those meetings. Susan Fingerman is scheduled to report on the study done by the LWVMD on Civic Education in our schools. There is not a call for concurrence in this study. Also, in May we plan to gather ideas for Unit Meetings for the 2020-2021 League year. We hope that we will see you in May with lots of your ideas.

We also hope that you are well and continue to stay healthy during this time of crisis.

CANCELLED: Education Report at April 1 Unit Meeting

With the spread of the coronavirus (COVID–19) and in consideration of the health and safety of our members, we are following the advice of local, state and national leaders and postponing next week’s League of Women Voters’ meetings on March 18 and 19, 2020.

The meetings are being tentatively rescheduled as one meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room on the lower level of Historic Oakland.

Of course, this is dependent on the state of the outbreak near the end of March. As of today, schools are scheduled to reopen on March 30th and Historic Oakland is also scheduled to reopen by April 1, 2020. Hopefully, this will happen, however we will reassess this new date in late March and notify all members of the status of the meeting.

The March meetings were scheduled to hear the report of the Equity in Education Study Committee, to discuss the report and to reach concurrence. Reaching concurrence is necessary before making any changes to our Education “Position” statements.
We urge you to take some time in the next few weeks to read the LWVHC’s Equity in Education Study Background Paper and the Study Questions. They will give insight into the discussions that we need to have before reaching concurrence. The Background Paper and the Study Questions can be found in the March Voter beginning on page 5. The Voter is online.

We hope that you are well and continue to be during this time of crisis.

Take care and hopefully we will see you in early April.


LWV of Howard County

CANCELLED: March 31 Fundraiser for LWVHC at Tino's Italian Bistro

CANCELLED: Fundraiser at Tino's Italian Bistro - March 31, 2020 

Although our fundraiser at Tino's Italian Bistro had to be cancelled, League members can support this restaurant that has been so good to us. Visit their website
to make your selections for take out or delivery. This is NOT a fundraiser for the League, this is a THANK YOU to them, in this trying time, for all the support they have given us in the past.

February 2020 Unit Meetings

The February Unit Meetings will be held on February 19 th at 10:00 a.m. at the Residences at Vantage Point and on February 20 th at 7:00 p.m. at Historic Oakland. These meetings will meet our annual obligation to review League position statements which enable our League to testify at the local level on issues which are priorities for Howard County. We need to determine if revisions and/or deletions should be made.  At this meeting, we also need to discuss possible "Studies" for the 2020 – 2021 LWVHC year.
Our current positions can be found on pages 16-20 of the LWVHC 2019-2020 Handbook.  You can access the handbook on the League's website at https://hoco.lwvhowardmd.org/lwvhc_handbook    Select LWVHC under “Positions.” 
In addition, we have been asked to review the positions of the LWVUS, our national organization, to determine if revisions or deletions should be made. Positions at the state and national level are important to us as we can use these positions as we testify on issues in Howard County. At our February meetings, we will only be examining positions that are LWVUS priorities or those that impact the work that we are doing in Howard County.
The LWVUS positions can be found in the LWVHC 2019-2020 Handbook on pages 32-53.  We will only be looking at specific items in the following sections:
Section I. Representative Government:
Section III. Natural Resources - p. 40
Section IV. Social Policy - p. 46
Non-League members are welcome to attend the February Unit Meetings, however only LWVHC members may vote on decisions to be made.
We look forward to your participation!

LWVHC 2020 Valentine Appeal - It's Our Birthday!

This year is the 100th year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, women’s right to vote in federal elections. You may not know, however, that it’s also the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters AND the 74th anniversary of the League of Women Voters of Howard County (LWVHC)! Please show the League some love by gifting it a special contribution this Valentine’s Day.

Your charitable donation will help the League of Women Voters of Howard County make democracy work in these ways:

● Register voters
● Organize the Annual Legislative Brunch
● Provide testimony to the County Council and the General Assembly
● Offer televised candidate forums
● Print Voter Guides for the Special, Primary and General Elections, distributed free of charge to county libraries and senior centers
● Present programs about the environment, foreign affairs, & current events

We urge you to access the numerous free resources on our website and on the other websites that we support, the LWVMD, the LWVNCA, and the LWVUS.

We are appealing to you because membership dues can't support all our League's activities. Maintaining a year-round focus on making democracy work is costly, so it is critical that you donate to this annual Valentine Appeal.

With your help, we can continue to make democracy work! It is traditional to give an amount equal to the age of our League, 74 years or $74, or a multiple of that number. Since the LWVHC is now a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, your donation may be tax deductible for both federal and state tax returns.

You can make your donation by check, payable to the League of Women Voters of Howard County, Inc. (or LWVHC) and mailed to our address below, or use Paypal online at the League’s website DONATE button.