Regarding the Sept. 3 editorial “ The Four Nos”: Having partnered with the N.C. League of Women Voters for a number of years on issues of voter education, I have always been impressed with its commitment to remaining staunchly nonpartisan, focusing first and foremost on what voters need to participate fully in our democracy.
Born out of the suffrage movement, its mission has always been clear: Leave party politics to others as the league focused on making sure women could exercise their newly won right easily and responsibly.
Based on a solid history of nonpartisanship, it was surprising to hear of the actions of some of the Wake County commissioners, who broke with election-year tradition to declare the LWV forums biased and not worthy of their time.
Although the LWV never endorses candidates, it does endorse issues, and, yes, protecting voting rights is its mission. The N.C. LWV’s participation in the lawsuit against the state’s new voting laws is not a partisan issue (nor did it sue the county, as suggested in the commissioners’ letter).
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These commissioners did indicate they would be at other forums, such as ones sponsored by local Chambers of Commerce – groups that, at the state level at least, do endorse candidates. Yet that group is considered more nonpartisan than the LVW? Let’s hope the commissioners reconsider their decision, for the good of democracy.
N.C. Women United, Raleigh