National LWV Convention Adopts Resolution to Abolish Electoral College

August 6, 2018

Cindy Heine, Publicity Co-Chair

League of Women Voters of Kentucky Returns from National Convention;
Convention Resolutions Include Abolishing the Electoral College

LANG HOUSE, LOUISVILLE, KY: The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) conducted its 53rd National Convention on June 28 – July 1 in Chicago, IL. The event kicked off a two-year celebration of the coming 100th anniversary in 2020 of women gaining suffrage and the establishment of the League of Women Voters. More than 1,000 League leaders from 49 states and the District of Columbia attended leadership workshops and heard from guest speakers about League priorities. The League of Women Voters of Kentucky was represented by Wanda Lynch, State President, and Glistine Jones from Hopkinsville, and Mary Jo Rodgers, State Director from Louisville. Joan Lindop, State Director, and Becki Harmon from the Louisville League also attended.

Over the four-day Convention, delegates voted on the national organization’s priorities and resolutions. There were several discussions about the Electoral College system of electing the U.S. President and Vice President. The Convention overwhelming passed a resolution reaffirming the League’s long-held position that the Electoral College should be abolished in favor of a popular vote system.

“There are many reasons why now is the time to eliminate the Electoral College system,” said Wanda Lynch, President of the LWV of Kentucky. “The Electoral College discourages people from voting because they feel their votes do not count, and it magnifies the divisiveness in our country by emphasizing a false blue state/red state divide.” No delegates spoke in opposition to the resolution.
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