The recent national election campaign drew millions of volunteers who may have gotten involved in political activity for the first time and who, having tasted the rewards of working for community improvement, are still seeking ways of remaining active and productive. I recommend joining the Port Washington-Manhasset League of Women Voters.

On a national level one very pertinent league focal point this year is our study on the National Popular Vote that would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Would changing from the Electoral College to direct election be feasible, desirable and more democratic than the current voting system?

On the New York State level, League is a primary member of the NYS Pay Equity Coalition and has worked tirelessly and successfully to pass legislation this summer ensuring protection for victims of domestic violence (S.6783/A.6060).

On the local level, I am heading up Nassau County League's review of the Special District system in terms of efficiency and cost containment.

Our Natural Resources Committee needs active folks who want to work toward an environment beneficial to life on the planet as well as our town.

Our Voter Service committee did great work registering new voters, running exciting candidates' debates and publishing the Voter's Guide, which appeared in the Manhasset Press last month and gave every candidate for office a forum for his or her views on health care.

The League of Women Voters is out there making a difference. If you are interested in making your voice heard as a league advocate on issues that directly affect you and your community, contact our president, Jane Thomas, at janethomas@att.net or 883-0698.

Phoebe Goodman, Government co-Chairperson,

League of Women Voters of Port Washington-Manhasset

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