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Civility Shines in Door County

October 19, 2016

–By Andrea Kaminski–
The Gear Up to Vote minivan and our crew of state staff and local volunteers were warmly welcomed at Southern Door High School on October 12. Many students had registered to vote with LWV Door County volunteers in the spring, but we managed to register a few more who had more recently reached voting age. A few international students stopped by to ask about the League of Women Voters, and we were happy to explain that, with its roots in the U.S. women’s suffrage movement, the League is a nonpartisan organization that encourages active and informed participation of all women and men in our government.

We returned to Southern Door High School that evening to set up a voter information table outside the community auditorium where the Door County League was preparing for a 1st Assembly District candidate forum with incumbent Joel Kitchens ® and his challenger Lynn Utesch (D). It had been pouring rain all day, and we wondered how many people would venture out for the forum. In the end there were probably 75 people in attendance. Those we talked to assured us they were already registered, but some stopped at the Gear Up to Vote table to pick up “Future Voter” stickers for their classrooms or voter ID information to share with others. The candidate forum was orderly, substantive, informative and civil. The candidates were respectful, and the audience appreciative of what they learned.

And by the end of the forum, the sky was clear and the stars were visible.