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The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County (LWVBWC) invites the public to a program examining voting demographics, the decline of voter turnout, and potential options for increasing citizen involvement in the democratic process. This program, Voting: Can We Turn Up the Turnout?, will be held on Thursday, February 25th, and will feature Cathy Allen, President/Owner of The Connections Group, Inc, and co-founder of the Center for Women & Democracy at the University of Washington. Following Ms. Allen's remarks, a panel of local experts representing the diversity of political demographics will join her to discuss challenges and possible opportunities to increase voter turnout.

The program will explore the following topics:

  • Who votes, and who does not?
  • Why are more and more Americans failing to exercise their right to vote?
  • Are changing voter requirements impacting voter turnout?
  • Would changes in voting process increase voter turnout?
  • What strategies have worked to increase turnout?

Voting: Can We Turn Up the Turnout? will be held at the Bellingham Public Library (210 Central Ave, Bellingham), in the downstairs lecture room, on Thursday, February 25th. Doors open at 6:30pm and the program will begin at 6:45pm. The program is free and open to the public, and ligth refreshments will be served. For further information, contact League of Women Voters of Bellingham & Whatcom County's Program Committee Chair, Caroline Correa, at (360) 647-1232.