Low voter turnout inspires advocacy campaign

Monday, April 9, 2012
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A decline in voter turnout has one Marshall resident eager to reverse the trend.

"I have always felt that one of the true rights of American citizens is the right to vote," organizer Amy Crump said.

Crump hopes to expand the Missouri League of Women Voters by establishing a chapter in Saline County. The nonpartisan group is intended to encourage active participation in government through education and advocacy, according to its website.

"One of the purposes ... is to promote political responsibility through ... voter registration projects," she continued. "Promoting that goal can only be an asset for Saline County."

The League of Women Voters isn't restricted to women, and welcomes any resident interested in promoting citizenship in a nonpartisan manner, Crump said. She plans to host an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, April 23, to gauge interest in participation and to provide details on establishing a League in the county.

The national League was originally organized in 1920 in Chicago, Ill.

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  • This sounds like a very good idea, but the Republicans like low voter turnout because it works in their favor. So add to the mix that women voters overwhelmingly prefer President Obama to any of the right wing alternative dont expect very much support from them even though this is a nonpartisian group.

    -- Posted by cheesehead on Tue, Apr 10, 2012, at 12:07 PM
  • The meeting will be held at the Marshall Public Library meeting room.

    -- Posted by Amy Crump on Tue, Apr 17, 2012, at 10:16 PM
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