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White Plains League Of Women Voters Turns 96

Voter registration drives like this one in 2015 are one of the activities of the White Plains League of Women Voters.
Voter registration drives like this one in 2015 are one of the activities of the White Plains League of Women Voters. Photo Credit: File

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The White Plains League of Women Voters is celebrating its 96th anniversary on Valentine's Day.

The League of Women Voters works to increase voter participation. Activities include holding candidates’ forums, distributing voter guides and using VOTE411.org as the go-to election information resource.

“As we get ready to celebrate our 96th anniversary, our wish this year is a special one: Let’s get record-breaking numbers of people out to vote this year, more than we’ve seen in a long, long time,” said Janice Abbott, president of the League of Women Voters of White Plains.

Each year on National Voter Registration Day the LWV runs voter drives in various locations around the city of White Plains including Vote18, their youth program. For Vote18 they go into all five White Plains High Schools to educate students on the hard fought history to achieve universal voting before registering seniors in their classrooms. All activities are done by League volunteers.

“Over the next few weeks, voters across the nation will be taking control and selecting their preferred presidential candidate. So we’ll be celebrating our anniversary by helping voters get ready to weigh in onNew York’s important primary,” said Abbott. “Today, as we mark the League’s 96th anniversary, and see our 100th quickly approaching, we celebrate our many accomplishments.”

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