League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, MD
Do Maryland's primary elections need changes?
Some people say their vote doesn’t make a difference, so why bother to vote? Others really want a chance to vote on candidates, but our closed party primaries keep them from participating.
Are Maryland’s primary elections ripe for changes to address some of these issues?
- Could the ballot have a broader range of candidates?
- Is there a way to encourage more registered voters to participate – Republicans, Democrats, Greens, Libertarians or the unaffiliated?
- Might a wider breadth of policy opinions result from procedural changes?
What kinds of changes would you like to see in our candidates and those elected? Read more
Where Does the League stand on DACA REVERSAL?
"The League of Women Voters is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants, and we urge congress to pass a clean DREAM Act to protect, not turn away, the 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children."
"Reversing the DACA policy will have a devastating impact on our economy. Ending this program will increase unemployment.”
"Thousands of the Dreamers protected by DACA were brought to this country as babies and have no memories of their birth country. These individuals are paying taxes, contributing to Social Security and are Americans in everything but the name.” Chris Carson, President, League of Women Voters
- VOTER REGISTRATION continues for new citizens at naturalization ceremonies, U.S. District Court, Greenbelt, MD; Eligible inmates of the MC Correctional Facility registered to vote with assistance of League registrars; Montgomery College students register on campus at table staffed by LWVMC members Read more
- OVERUSE OF LAWN PESTICIDES prompts League testimony to MC County Council on Bill 52-14, the Healthy Lawns Act Read more
- TRANSPORTATION AND TRANSIT SYSTEMS in MC are closely monitored by League committee: Bus Rapid Transit,; Purple Line construction; MARC Train Service; Ride On Bus; etc. Read more
What We're Keeping an Eye On….
Our Changing County: Montgomery County is Maryland’s most populous and affluent jurisdiction, main economic engine, and most stable office market. It is home to more than 300 biotech companies and industry leaders and to 19 federal facilities. But who monitors the County’s economic growth? The new MCEDC, or Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, a public private partnership and non-profit 501c3, will be replacing many of the functions currently in other governmental departments as the lead economic development organization for Montgomery County. What sort of input will County residents have in development decisions? Have questions? Hear Li Qi speak at Fall Luncheon and/or Go to thinkmoco.com
REGIONAL & NATIONAL ACTIONS
Metro: Fund It – Fix!
Some 40 years after the League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area (LWVNCA) adopted positions in support of Metro, including a dedicated source of funding for the then-new rapid transit system, it has joined with more than a dozen nonprofit organizations in backing a call for dedicated funding for the system. While a major emphasis of the original positions was to get people out of their cars, along with the need for adequate financing, the current emphasis is to obtain the funding that will allow Metro to fix the system so that it will continue to reduce traffic congestion in the DC area--while serving as the economic engine for the region.
Learn how you can get involved in this citizens grassroots movement to get Metro back on track! Read more at http://lwvnca.org/MetroFund-It-Fix-It.html or contact your League
Regional & National Actions
LWVMD Wants Stricter Coal Fire Emission Standards
LWVMD Testifies in Favor of Stronger Standards for Water Pollution for Coal Plant Discharge: Coal plants are the number one source of toxic water pollution in the country. As the MD Department of the Environment moves to renew water pollution discharge permits for Dickerson, Chalk Pooint and Morgantown coal-fired power plants, the League strongly urges using 2015 EPA Clean Water Standards to reduce arsenic and selenium pollutants into Potomac Rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.