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July 1, 2014
Contact: Maryann Barnes

League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland Is Formed by Merger of Three Leagues in Cuyahoga County

Three local Leagues of Women Voters in Cuyahoga County have voted to merge to form a single League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, a move that will help the organization better meet its mission of encouraging an informed and engaged electorate.

The merger, approved by the League of Women Voters of the United States in June, was the culmination of two years of study and discussion by members of the League of Women Voters of the Cleveland Area (covering the City of Cleveland and a few suburbs), the League of Women Voters of Cuyahoga Area (covering several suburbs), and the League of Women Voters of Shaker Heights.

"A single strong League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland will provide voters with more timely and complete information before every election in Cuyahoga County and its municipalities," said the new League's first president, Maryann Barnes of Cleveland Heights. "Our goal is to provide nonpartisan information about candidates before elections, but also to support and promote policies that match our good-government positions."

Over the past five years, the three local Leagues worked together to support passage of the county charter that led to the creation of a new form of county government, sponsored forums for candidates running for county executive and county council, produced voter guides, lobbied for amendments to the county charter that would assure greater openness and the highest ethical standards, and advocated for regional solutions to regional problems.

The League of Women Voters is a grassroots but tiered organization. Under the League of Women Voters of the United States are Leagues in all 50 states, including the League of Women Voters of Ohio. Within state Leagues are local Leagues whose territory can encompass anything from a small municipality to multiple counties.

The League's mission at every level is the same: "The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy."

The League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland will work to further its mission throughout more of Cuyahoga County by recruiting new members and forming additional chapters. League membership is open to all U.S. citizens of voting age-both women and men. A new website,, will be up and running soon. In the meantime, visit or call 216-781-8375 for more information and to join; dues are $60 per year.