Making Democracy Work

Mary Ellen Addison

Mary Ellen's Story

This Q&A is with Mary Ellen Addison, who became a LWVCA member in 1999.

Why did you join the League? When?

When I retired from the Public Library, I began volunteering at places that interested me. The League is one of those places.

Why do you volunteer?

I remember my first presidential election in 1964 when LBJ was elected. I had to wait until I was 21 years old and it seemed like a long time. I have never missed voting. It is one of our most important rights as citizens of a free country. I have always admired the work the League has done and have been able to give back a little bit by volunteering at the office.

What role does the League play in your life? Does it relate to your work or your family?

The first election I remember was between Adlai Stevenson and Dwight D. Eisenhower. I was about 8 years old and it was on television in 1952. My parents talked about politics and they voted, my mother voted until she died in 2013 at age 95.

Have you ever felt proud of your work with the Leagues? When?

I have been privileged to witness new citizens being sworn in and helping them register to vote. It doesn't get must better than that.

Why do you think it is important for individuals to continue to join and support the League?

I have read a history of women's emancipation and watched the wonderful video of the Woman's Movement. After the more than 70 year struggle to achieve the right to vote, I feel it is a woman's right, responsibility and privilege to vote.

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