The mission of the League of Women Voters as a nonpartisan organization encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The League of Women Voters of the Tiffin Area promotes an open governmental system that is representative, accountable and responsive. We encourage citizens to vote.
The league has been observing meetings of the Tiffin Charter Commission for the past two years. The league has taken a position on the last of seven proposed amendments to the city charter. The wording that will appear on the ballot follows:
City of Tiffin Proposed Charter Amendment - Amend Section 10.01 of Article X of the City Charter to provide for the nomination of Candidates for elective offices of the city in an open primary in which candidates may, at their option, set forth their party affiliation or not; to specify requirements for statements of candidacy and petitions and to revise filing deadlines.
The league believes this amendment would be beneficial to all citizens of this community. In view of the high number of registered voters without party affiliation, this amendment would offer greater representation to the community, giving all voters a chance to choose the best candidate regardless of party. The top two vote-getters would then move on to the general election.
The league supports passage of this amendment which would allow candidates to declare party affiliation or run non-partisan, and would require all candidates to file on the same day.
Mary Haynes is president of Tiffin Area League of Women Voters.
The league believes that efficient and economical government requires competent personnel. This amendment to the charter gives all citizens the ability to have input.