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Kathy Hill, 210-313-7484
Madhu Sridhar,  210-657-2206


Empowering Voters and Encouraging Greater Participation at the Polls

San Antonio, TX – The League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area, together with San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen, today jointly signed a Texas Voters’ Bill of Rights for the citizens of Bexar County.  This document, in English and Spanish, was prepared by the San Antonio League and designed to ensure that voters clearly understand their voting rights in simple language.

“Voting is the most fundamental way in which all citizens participate directly in our democracy,” said Madhu Sridhar, San Antonio League president. “But many citizens are unsure of their rights at the polls, and so we wanted to do something that would empower them and encourage them to participate.” The fifteen rights listed in the Voters’ Bill of Rights include some of the most basic ones, such as:

  • The right to vote in privacy – an important voting concept that keeps our democracy free;
  • The right to cast a provisional ballot if you are not on the voters list – ensuring that every voter is valued in this democracy; and
  • The right to receive up to two replacement ballots if you make a mistake and spoil your ballot before you cast it – guaranteeing that the voter can cast a ballot that will count and will reflect the voter’s choice.

“We are proud to sign this document with the League, Judge Wolff and Mayor Nirenberg. This Voters’ Bill of Rights is an important step in ensuring that voters are informed, and that everyone who is qualified to vote is able to do so,” said Callanen.

The San Antonio League will distribute and promote the Voters’ Bill of Rights throughout the area, including printing it in their nonpartisan Voters Guide, online on the League’s website and, and through social media.

“The strength of a democracy is measured, in large part, by the full and valued participation of its citizens. Especially during this age of hyper-partisan politics, we want to continue to focus on the central player in our democracy – the voter,” concludes Sridhar.


Kathy Hill, 210-313-7484
Madhu Sridhar,  210-657-2206

Panelists will Educate the Public on this Important Issue

San Antonio, TX – Despite Texas lawmakers’ efforts over the past decade to address human trafficking, the problem continues to cause personal and economic devastation as traffickers adapt to exploit new opportunities in frightening ways. To hear firsthand how human trafficking is experienced in San Antonio from a diverse expert panel, Leaders for Democracy, a Unit of The League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area will present a forum, “Human Trafficking in San Antonio,” on Monday, October 30, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Paesano’s, 3622 Paesanos Pkwy.

Research shows there are more slaves in the world today than there ever have been in human history, and it is equally alarming how prevalent the problem is right here in San Antonio.  “It is imperative that we increase awareness and educate our community about the realities of human trafficking so that we can work together to identify effective solutions and better support these victims,” says Madhu Sridhar, president of the League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area.

Panelists: Judge Peter Sakai, Judge of the 225th District Court in Texas representing Children’s Court Divisions and Programs
Detective Adrian Owens, Special Victims Unit with the San Antonio Police Department
Rodney Klein, Education and Training Manager at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, specializing in labor trafficking
Susan Burkholder and Jennifer Arbiter, Ransomed Life Advocacy Group Representatives

The forum is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 210-657-2207. For more information on the League of Women Voters of Texas position and advocacy on this issue, visit:


Kathy Hill, 210-313-7484
Madhu Sridhar,  210-657-2206

Mayor, Leaders to Discuss the Rising Challenges

San Antonio, TX – How well is metropolitan San Antonio prepared to meet transportation needs as the area continues to grow, with 1.1 million new residents expected by 2040? To explore the issue more fully, The League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area will present a forum, “Transportation Needs of San Antonio: How are we preparing for the future?” on Monday, Oct. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the San Antonio Central Library, 600 Soledad St.

“Traffic jams, lack of light rail or other mass transit options, ongoing housing development, street repairs, etc., are all issues that were discussed in the recent city election,” says Madhu Sridhar, president of the League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area. “The political gridlock this issue has been trapped in for years has consequences for our economy, health, environment and quality of life.”

Keynote:         Ron Nirenberg, Mayor, City of San Antonio
Moderator:     Francine Sanders Romero, Ph.D. Associate Dean, College of Public Policy, UTSA
Panelists:         Kevin Wolff, Commissioner, Bexar County, Precinct 3
Ana Sandoval, Councilwoman, District 7, San Antonio
Bill Barker, Adjunct Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Planning, UTSA
Jeff Arndt, President/CEO, VIA Metropolitan Transit

 “We need comprehensive planning, sensible solutions and leadership in execution to meet future transportation needs,” says Sridhar. “With the proactive mind set of new leadership, let us hope for some action and results.”



Kathy Hill, 210-313-7484

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT                                                                                                                                         
Madhu Sridhar Chosen to Lead Local League

San Antonio, TX – Madhu Sridhar was elected president of the League of Women Voters of the San Antoni Area.  She will lead the nonpartisan political organization in its mission of encouraging informed and active participation in government, increasing understanding of major public policy issues, and influencing public policy through education and advocacy.

“Our democracy is suffering from low turnout and erosion of confidence in the election process, perceived or real,” explains Sridhar.  “I can think of no organization that is better positioned and better equipped than the League of Women Voters to close this participation gap and protect the voting rights for all citizens. It is our heritage, and it is the issue that the public most closely associates with us.”

Sridhar’s plan for the next two years centers on engaging citizens in the League’s priority issues of education, water and transportation. “The League may be best known for our work in voter services, but we play an equally important role in educating and engaging citizens on issues of concern to our community,” she says.  “Getting citizens engaged and informed on those important issues is an effective way to boost civic participation – most especially voter participation.”

The San Antonio League will also embark on a strategic, comprehensive project to ensure all voters in San Antonio know their rights and responsibilities on Election Day and go to the polls informed and empowered. The Empowering Voters Project will especially focus on those constituencies who are underrepresented in the electoral process and are the most vulnerable to voting issues.

Sridhar brings 25 years of leadership and management experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors to her position on the League Board of Directors, and has recently relocated from Andover, MA to San Antonio.  She retired as the president/CEO of the Akshaya Patra Foundation, an organization which provides freshly prepared midday meals to over 1.3 million underprivileged children daily in schools across India. She is a past president of the Massachusetts League of Women Voters and the Andover League. She was appointed by Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick on the Commonwealth Corps commission and also served as Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Sridhar has served on many boards including American Civil Liberties Union and WGBH (PBS affiliate Boston).

She worked as the Director of Actuarial Department for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts and a consultant for Peat Marwick Mitchell and New England Mutual.

The League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area is involved in local and county government issues, and provides a link to the work at the state League and national League.  The League does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties, however, the League does research, write and support statements of position on political issues including education, economic development, health, housing, justice and water resources, among others.

One of the most recognized and visible projects of the League is the Voter's Guide.  Published before each election, it is the “go to” guide for its unbiased presentation of unedited candidate information, and other important information related to the election including early voting hours and locations and approved forms of voter identification.

“I feel energized by the possibilities that lie before us,” concludes Sridhar.  “In my involvement with the League, I have always been amazed at the League’s influence, vitality and its members’ unfailing commitment. For an all-volunteer organization to last for 100 years, create an impact and keep going strong is no easy task.”

Phyllis Ingram is the immediate past president of the League of Women Voters of San Antonio. Previous local League presidents include Lila Crockrell and Fay Sinkin.



Kathy Hill, 210-313-7484
Madhu Sridhar,  210-657-2206



Local Experts to Discuss the Rising Challenges

San Antonio, TX – While the Texas Legislature wrestles budgets, bathrooms and vouchers this session, educators must look ahead to be ready to meet the challenges they will face preparing students for the jobs of the future. To explore the issue more fully as it pertains to San Antonio, The League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area will present a forum, “The Future of Public Education in Texas,” on Monday, June 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the San Antonio Central Library, 600 Soledad St.

"Texas falls at or near the bottom in a number of important academic measures,” says Madhu Sridhar, newly elected president of the League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area. “Public education in Texas is in dire need of attention in light of rising challenges.  Growing population, changing demographics, greater academic needs, inadequate funding – they all make it harder to educate our children and make them globally competitive.”

Moderator: Richard Middleton, former superintendent of the NEISD, Regional VP for College Board
Panelists:     Shari Albright, chair of the Department of Education at Trinity University;
Catherine Clark, senior consultant, Texas Association of School Boards;
Pedro Martinez, superintendent of San Antonio ISD; and
Brian Woods, superintendent of Northside ISD.

“We need to make public education our top priority,” Sridhar said. “We must have continuous public dialogues of best practices and innovative ways to educate our children and make schools the gateway of opportunities.  Education, as they say, is a great equalizer of opportunity and the universal bridge that connects dreams to reality."