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VAN WERT - The Van Wert Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) opened its program year with a presentation on local and state voting trends given by Van Wert County Board of Elections Director Linda Stutz at Willow Bend Country Club. "Getting Out Her Vote" is an important part of AAUW's Public Policy Program. Members were reminded of the conditions for voting in the November election and of the recent updates as given in the state of Ohio. There appears to be high interest in early voting and in absentee voting in this Presidential election year.

The age range most likely to vote locally has been ages 50 plus. It is often the younger people who do not appear to get out to vote for various reasons including feelings of dissatisfaction with the government and the problems of moving to new locations for school and career. Ms. Stutz has been involved in getting voter registration into the local school districts, as well as securing poll workers for Election Day, actions which she hopes will encourage more young people in exercising their rights to vote.

Ms. Stutz also presented various scenarios of reasons in which the Board of Elections might be contacted for information such as by potential employers, for scholarship awards, for reliability checks, etc. It can be difficult at times to budget for some of the requests presented to the Board of Elections in both money and in time. A question and answer period followed her presentation.

The next branch meeting of the Van Wert AAUW will be on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. in the YWCA for a supper meal and program. The cost will be $10 per person.

For more information, please contact Branch President Deb Kleinhenz at (419) 238-9519.