Rock­dale-new­ton League of Women Vot­ers to hold voter reg­is­tra­tion

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The Rock­dale-New­ton League of Women Vot­ers will hold its sec­ond voter reg­is­tra­tion drive for 2012 in Septem­ber.

The League of Women Vot­ers has chap­ters throughout the U.S. and the Ge­or­gia chap­ter spon­sors a web­site which gives weekly up­dates from the State Capi­tol and links to lo­cal of­fi­cials.

The man­date for the or­ga­ni­za­tion is to ed­u­cate vot­ers in Ge­or­gia through non­par­ti­san pub­li­ca­tions and pub­lic fo­rums, to ed­u­cate the next gen­er­a­tion by speak­ing to stu­dent groups and to lobby at the State Capi­tol for fair ac­ces­si­ble elec­tions, gov­ern­ment ac­count­abil­ity, en­vi­ron­men­tal preser­va­tion and equitable fund­ing for ed­u­ca­tion and fair treat­ment of women and chil­dren.

In 2011, Min­is­ter El­iz­a­beth Par­tridge-Godfrey was elected chair­man of voter reg­is­tra­tion. Godfrey is plan­ning ad­di­tional reg­is­tra­tions be­fore the Gen­eral Elec­tion.

The first voter reg­is­tra­tion drive was held Aug. 25 at John­son Park, Cony­ers and the sec­ond drive will be held on Sept. 29 with the lo­ca­tion to be de­ter­mined.

On Sept. 8, she will hold a reg­is­tra­tion from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Cov­ing­ton Branch Li­brary on Floyd Street. Godfrey also serves as a New­ton County Deputy Reg­is­trar.

Godfrey worked to re­ac­ti­vate and re­or­ga­nize The New­ton County Vot­ers League which had been dor­mant.

She was its pres­i­dent from 1990-97 and re­ceived help from the Rock­dale-New­ton County League of Vot­ers. “God wants me to serve the peo­ple by help­ing to reg­is­ter them to vote,” she said.

She cred­its many vol­un­teers with help­ing to re­vi­tal­ize the pro­gram: Dorothy Sher­rill, Al­lene Eat­man, Norma Hen­ley, El­iz­a­beth Loescher, Gla­dys Broun and June McDow­ell.

“I have learned so much from the League of Women Vot­ers. I will continue to be a league mem­ber (her term will end this Septem­ber), and I’ve paid my dues for next year.

“How­ever, I’ve de­cided to let some­one else be chair and vice pres­i­dent. I will do voter reg­is­tra­tion in other ar­eas,” said Godfrey. an­swered his Once home,

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