March 16-22 is Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide discussion about the importance of access to public information and what it means to each of us and to our community. It is a time to remember the important role that the public has in keeping our town healthy, vibrant and strong.
We all have the right to know what our government is doing – both its successes and failures. Exercising our right to know gives us – the public – power. It allows us to hold elected officials accountable on Election Day and beyond.
For decades, members of the League of Women voters have acted as government watchdogs at the federal, state and local levels. Currently the League of Women Voters of North Carolina is seeking from the N.C. General Assembly disclosure of communications and justifications surrounding the enactment of last year’s voter suppression bill. North Carolinians have a right to know the decision-making process used when laws are passed that make it more difficult for citizens to vote.
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The league works to ensure that all voices are heard as decisions are made about our state’s and community’s future. We invite all of you to join us by making your voice heard on Election Day and throughout the year.
Brenda Hyde Rogers
The writer is the president of the League of Women Voters – Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties