Making Democracy Work

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Generaj Meeting, Sept. 17 -- Active Shooter/Hostile Event Preparedness

Active shooter/hostile events are dynamic and rapidly changing incidents that present a number of problems typical emergency response options do not address. By planning ahead and thinking outside of the traditional box of responses, we can work to maximize our opportunity for safety in these evolving incidents. This program centers on discussion of the Department of Homeland Security developed model of "Run-Hide-Fight" and teaches a practical understanding of how to implement each option with examples of successful applications.


Lieutenant Chris Harrington has been with the Clemson University Police for 14 years and currently serves as the Commander of Professional Development and Training. He has a Bachelor of Science from Clemson University in Psychology and will complete a Master of Public Administration, also from Clemson, in December 2019. Lt. Harrington is a state and federally certified law enforcement instructor and specializes in police use of force and active shooter training. In 2012 Lt. Harrington was selected to participate in the first cohort of the statewide active shooter instructor development program and was a member of the curriculum development committee that drafted the state training program. Lt. Harrington has authored numerous lesson plans, standard operating procedures, incident action plans, and after-action reviews, and has served as the lead exercise director for several critical incident full-scale exercises. Lt. Harrington is a member of the National Tactical Officers Association, SC Training Officers Association, and serves on various local and statewide committees. He is a graduate of the FBI-LEEDA Command Leadership School and the 76 Session of the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police.

General Meeting Oct. 15 -- Redistricting

The speaker will be Matt Saltzman.

Vote411 -- the online candidate forums

This November we hope to make our online candidate forums available to all the municipalities that are holding elections. In Pickens County, Central, Easley, Liberty, Norris, Pickens and Six Mile are holding elections. In Anderson County, Belton, Honea Path, Iva, Pelzer, Pendleton and West Pelzer are holding elections. In Oconee County, Salem, Wahalla, Wesrminster and West Union are holding elections.

Alice Flower (Anderson County), Kathy Bargeron (Oconee County) and Eleanor Hare (Pickens County) are collecting candidate information and entering it in the computer. Invitations to participate are being sent to candidates by email. Letters will be mailed to those who do not reply.

We need volunteers in two areas: (1) to phone candidates who do not reply and (2) to take Vote411 flyers and business cards to each council having an election.

This outreach, to the edges of our three counties, is a huge task, but it is a major benefit to voters. If we can reach all these elections, candidate participation in future candidate forums should increase. Contact any of the county co-ordinators if you can help.

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