Voter Services Committee and Fair Districts PA

Fair Districts PA is a nonpartisan, statewide coalition of organizations and individuals working to create a process for redistricting that is transparent, impartial, and fair. Visit the site for more information about Fair Districts, gerrymandering and the impact of partisan politics on our districts.

PA County Commissioners Urge Election Reform

Voting Services 2021

Useful links:

Voter Registration:

Members of the League of Women Voters of Indiana County collaborate with community partners as well as lead voter registration events. Examples of voter registration events held in the past few years are listed below.

  1. Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Community Involvement Fair
  2. Northern Appalachian Folk Festival
  3. Indiana County Farmers Market
  4. Indiana Free Library and local coffee cafes in coordination with National Voter Registration Day
  5. United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony hosted by IUP.

Voting and Elections:

This official Pennsylvania government website contains information about all aspects of voting in Pennsylvania including the following:

  • Registering to vote
  • Checking your voter registration status
  • Tracking your absentee and mail-in ballots.

League of Women Voters Education Fund:

This League of Women Voters of the United States website includes information about voting and elections including the following:

  • Checking your voter registration
  • Identifying what is on your ballot
  • Locating your polling place
  • Notifications of debates in your area.

Find Your Legislator:

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania provides an easy way for you to locate the contact information for your state and federal elected officials.

  • Check here for contact information for the Representatives from the 55th, 60th, 62nd and 66th Districts and for the Senator from the 41st district.
  • Check here for a list of Services provided by Representatives and Senator Pittman

Legislative Interviews

Members of the League of Women Voters of Indiana County (LWVIC) lead interviews with Indiana County legislators during the months of January and February. The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (LWVPA) provides a series of questions focusing on the priority issues for the current legislative session. Prior to the scheduled meetings, interview questions are provided to our legislators.

The interviews are an important part of the League’s work. The LWVIC shares what we learn through the interviews with the LWVPA. These Legislative interviews afford us the opportunity to educate our legislators about issues, identify legislation we intend to support or oppose, and they assist us in building and maintaining relationships with our local legislators.

 

Click here for the Legislative Interview Summary with Rep. Jim Struzzi on March 8, 2021.

Click here for the Legislative Interview Summary with Senator Joe Pittman on March 30, 2021.

Candidates Night

 Members of the League of Women Voters of Indiana County (LWVIC) host a forum titled “Candidates Night” to provide community members with the opportunity to learn more about candidates. This nonpartisan event allows candidates for office to respond to questions posed by audience members. A screening team of League members accepts written questions from audience members. The event is open to the public and is broadcast over radio station 1160 WCCS. Stayed tuned for 2021 events. 

Priorities for 2020-2021:

The program priorities for 2020-2021 are the following:

  1. Partnering with nonpartisan community groups to improve voter awareness
  2. Researching and directing advocacy of the voting process
  3. Supporting civics education initiatives.

Voter Registration:

Our Latest Newsletter

Voting Legislation Issues 2021 Report

Read about the current voter legislation issues here.

Indiana County Information

Information about Indiana County can be found at www.indianacountypa.gov including a directory of county government departments, services, contact information for offices and county officials and information on voter registration, elections and voting machines.

Electoral College Presentation

The presentation by members of The Constitution Center on the Electoral College on January 26th was recorded and is now available online. To watch, click here.

Interactive Constitution

The Constitution and the Election
Educational Resources

Citizen Education Subcommittee

The Citizen Education Subcommittee was formed in January 2021 and is working to increase public awareness of voting, civics and government with the aim of empowering citizens to participate in the democratic process.

The subcommittee members have discussed how to improve and expand our current programs (e.g., voter registration, legislative interviews, candidate’s forums) as well as developing new programs (e.g., age-appropriate educational materials for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 5, voter registration events for high school seniors, community speaker series).

Committee members are divided into teams focusing on the following four audiences: 1. Elementary school students; 2. Secondary school students;  3. Community members; and 4. Elected officials. If you would like to join a team, please contact the team leader by email (Elementary: Misty Nocco – mistynocco@yahoo.com, Secondary: Anne Simmons – annesimmons447@gmail.com, Community/Elected Officials: Joyce Rizzo – rizzojoyce6@gmail.com)

Academics, historians, teachers, school administrators and state education leaders are working together on the Educating for American Democracy initiative.  They are discussing how civics and history are taught to American K-12 students. The Educating for American Democracy group is raising funds for curriculum development and teacher training. The group plans to release  a 36-page report and an accompanying 39-page road map that will provide guidance for the reimagining of the teaching of social studies, history and civics. Click here to read the article.

Social Studies is the integrated study of human society and its contributions, influences and impact on the world. There are many content areas which combine to create the overarching concept of social studies. The commonwealth of Pennsylvania has delineated the disciplines and developed academic standards in the social studies areas to be civics and government, economics, geography, history, and student interpersonal skills.

Civics and Government is the teaching and presentation of the principles and ideals of the American republican representative form of government as portrayed and experienced by the acts and policies of the framers of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States and Bill of Rights. Click here for the PA Academic Standards in Social Studies.

Recent Statements by LWVIC Members and Community Partners.

Gerrymandering

House Resolution 1032

Voting and Election Issues