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In This Issue:

June 2, 2011

TODAY: June 2, 1863 – Harriet Tubman leads Union guerrillas into Maryland, freeing slaves


  • President’s Message: Focus on the Voter – the Power of the Vote (NEW)


  • Registration Deadline for 2011 National Council on June 17-20 in Leesburg, VA (NEW)
  • Update Your League’s Officers Today!

EDUCATION FUND (Education Study)

  • Education Study Update (NEW)


  • You Can Make a Gift That Helps Your League at All Three Levels!


Dear League Leader:

With many new state and local League leaders taking office and summer right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get out into your community! Be visible – march in a parade, staff a League booth at a local festival, agricultural fair or baseball game, or register new citizens at a naturalization ceremony. Tap your busy Leaguers who prefer to volunteer occasionally and have them distribute the VOTE Brochure and 5 Things cards in their neighborhoods. Publicize your events so the public knows where you will be registering voters and, if you encounter out-of-towners, send them to www.VOTE411.org to register.

Now is the time to organize registration drives. Start registering new voters for fall municipal and statewide elections and use worksheets featured in Empowering the Voters of Tomorrow, such as the Registration Drive Checklist, Sample Work Plan and Pledge Cards to keep your efforts on track. With the right planning, relationship-building and record-keeping, a registration drive can help bring visibility to your League and attract new members—all while helping individuals in your community register, vote and be counted. View a Registration Tip Sheet here. Take advantage of the LWVEF-provided resources, Project Vote’s state-specific guides to voter registration and the League’s newest voter registration manual, Empowering the Voters of Tomorrow, a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to developing winning high school voter registration programs and encouraging young people to register and vote. This manual is available for purchase at the online store (just $1 each, including s/h!) and for free download here.

On the voter protection front, through our Public Advocacy for Voter Protection project, the LWVUS and state Leagues across the country continue to work together to fight proposed new laws that will suppress the vote. Here’s the latest New York Times article, citing the work of the Florida League.

When citing our new high school registration manual, ElectWomen.com recently declared: League of Women Voters: Still Relevant….Needed Now More Than Ever. Yes, it’s time for us to meet that need!

Proudly in League,




Registration Deadline for 2011 National Council on June 17-20 in Leesburg, VA (NEW)
June 6 is the deadline to register for LWVUS Council without incurring a late registration fee. Join state League leaders and the LWVUS Board for strategic discussions/dialogue, training and “personalized plan of action” for your League and your role as leader of the League. Learn about the all-inclusive registration fee, see an agenda and register online here.

Update Your League’s Officers Today!
Please update your new officers’ information in the LWVUS database to ensure new leaders do not miss communications from your state and the LWVUS. Find instructions on how to make these changes here. If you have any questions or need help, contact Betty Taira.


EDUCATION FUND (Education Study)

Education Study Update (NEW)
The Leaders' Guide for the study, The Role of the Federal Government in Public Education, is now available here along with background papers. In the coming weeks, look for a series of five Voter-ready papers to publish in your Voters.



You Can Make a Gift That Helps Your League at All Three Levels!
Some things never change even in these challenging economic times. The League of Women Voters Education Fund continues to be at the forefront of public policy issue education which allows citizens to thoughtfully engage in the democratic process. By making a gift of cash or securities of $5,000 or more to the LWVEF Pooled Income Fund, you can receive an immediate income tax deduction for a portion of the gift's value and continue earning a quarterly return on the interest earned for life. Best of all, you can name your state and/or local League, along with the LWVEF, to benefit from the residual funds when you're gone. For more information, please contact the Development office at 202-263-1355 or plannedgiving@lwv.org.

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