COUNTY BOARD TO RECOGNIZE PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT AT THURSDAY’S MEETING
September 03, 2020
County Board Chair Analiese Eicher, 608.571.6823
Members of the County’s Youth Governance Program, League of Women Voters to be honored
The County Board will recognize the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters of Dane County (LWVDC) in a special resolution during its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, September 3rd, at 7:00pm.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which was ratified August 26, 1920. This granted white women the right to vote. Black women did not receive this right until the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a non-profit, non-partisan, national organization whose purpose is to promote informed and active citizen participation in all levels of government. LWV was formed in 1920 after women gained the right to vote.
"The right to vote is more important than ever. I’m happy to recognize this moment in history for women, while also recognizing that this right was not afforded to women of color until much later than their white counterparts," said County Board Chair Analiese Eicher.
The meeting will also include a pinning ceremony to mark the beginning of a new term for Dane County’s Youth Governance Program. The Youth Governance Program gives young people the opportunity to learn about government in a hands-on format. Youth in grades 9-12 can apply to the program. Those selected serve as members on Dane County committees and bring a younger perspective to the table. This year’s selected participants will begin the program in September and participate through May 2021.
"Having youth participants at the table learning about the issues, processes, and role of government helps educate our future leaders and brings an important and different perspective to the county. Thank you and welcome to this year’s class of YGP members," Eicher said.
The Dane County Board also wants to take this opportunity to remind everyone in Dane County to complete their census—it is a simple and critical way to make sure we get the necessary resources when critical decisions are made.
The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform investment of hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. To date, Dane County’s 2020 census response rate is 77%. The deadline to fill out the 2020 Census is September 30, 2020. Use this link to respond online: https://my2020census.gov/
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Please see the meeting’s agenda for details on participating: https://dane.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=734264&GUID=CF6CFB3F-0C1B-4ABD-9A4D-C4A53F0F45C1.