Thursday, September 14, 2017
The dismal rate of voter turnout in non-presidential elections is a major concern to the League. 84% of eligible voters in LA County are registered, compared to 75% in California. LA County voter turnout was 67% in the 2016 presidential election, but was only 14% for the June 2017 special congressional election (Becerra). We can get voters registered, but what new strategies can promote active participation in elections?
To kick off our 2017–2018 program year, we’ll hear from one of our favorite speakers, Dr. Raphael J. Sonenshein. We have asked him to speak about voting trends and causes of low voter turnout, as well as possibilities for improving voter turnout rates.
Dr. Sonenshein is the Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at CSU Los Angeles. He received his B.A. from Princeton, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale. In addition to his award-winning academic work, Dr. Sonenshein has chaired Los Angeles City government Commissions, and received numerous honors for excellence in teaching.
At the September League Day, we will also hear about committee activities, Constitution Day presentations, and National Voter Registration Day. It will be a great start for our year, and you’ll want to be there!
Note about meal costs at the Women’s City Club: The WCC has had to raise rates for meals and for membership, so you will notice that our meal costs are going up. We believe that the advantages of continuing to meet at the Women’s City Club are such that an increase in breakfast and lunch prices is necessary.
September 14, 2017
8:30 – noon
Women’s City Club
160 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena
Enter parking lot from Madison,second parking lot south of Walnut.
8:00 a.m. – Registration
8:30 – Breakfast (optional)
9:00 – Program
10:00 – Committee Reports
Reservations are required. Program attendance has no charge. The served breakfast is optional at $25.00 per person. To register online go to lwv-pa.org, or phone 626-798-0965 by noon on Friday,September 8, 2017 (leave a message). Breakfast reservations not used must still be paid. If you must cancel, please call the League Office by noon on Monday, September 11.
Breakfast menu: Quiche Lorraine, Fruit, Pastry, Coffee, Orange Juice. You are very welcome if you are not a breakfast eater, but please make a reservation nevertheless, so we can plan the event logistics. We invite you to partake of coffee and tea even if you don’t eat.
RSVP on our event page: https://lwv-pa.org/events/