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February 9, 2012

TODAY: February 9, 1825 – The U.S. House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams, 6th U.S. President, since no candidate received a majority of electoral votes in the 1824 election.

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: Powering the Vote for 92 Years (NEW)
  • October Board Meeting Minutes Available Online (NEW)

CONVENTION

  • What to Expect at the National Convention!
  • Bylaws Amendments Due: March 1
  • Nominate YOUR League for an LWVUS Convention Award
  • Important Caucus Information and Application Online (NEW)
  • How Many Delegates Can Your League Send to Convention? (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • WE MADE OUR GOAL! (NEW)
  • Campaign Finance Reform Task Force

EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

  • Elections: Finally Some Good News! Photo ID Bill dies in Maine (NEW)
  • Elections: Invitation to Conduct Voter Registration at WWE Events (NEW)
  • Elections: Does Your League Want to Undertake an Activity with Presidential Candidates? (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • LWVUS Welcomes New League (NEW)
  • PMP Statements Mailed Last Week (NEW)
  • Visibility Opportunity: The League’s 92nd Birthday

OTHER

  • Online Store Sale (NEW)
  • Do You Need to Update Your Will?

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

Next week the League celebrates 92 years of Powering the Vote!

Election 2012 is well underway as we celebrate our birthday, and the League of Women Voters is geared up to Power the Vote. Over the next few weeks, the Update will focus on the many ways in which we can work together to ensure that the focus of this election is the voter. Working in Congress, state legislatures and with local registrars, we can come together to ensure that the power to shape our democracy is the power of the vote and not the power of big money and big media.

Among the decisions made by the Board at its January meeting is the adoption of Power the Vote as our call to action in all that we do this year, from the theme of Convention 2012 to the work that the League family does at the local, state and national level. Identifying our work as Power the Vote will identify us as a single unit, energized and working for voters nationwide. As you go about voter registration, voter protection advocacy, voter education through debates and voter guides, and other election year activities, this theme will unify our efforts and create greater visibility.

Reminding the public and the media in particular that elections are about the voter, gives us an opportunity to educate the media about election-related issues and the needs of the voter as well as the League’s election activities. If every League identified five media contacts and communicated with those contacts at least once a month, imagine the visibility for voters and for the League!

We are among the engines that Power the Vote. At the national level, we will be providing you with much more information and many opportunities for powering the vote in the coming months. For now, I urge all Leagues to use the theme in every election-related activity you undertake this year. Let us never forget that we do what we do for voters.

In League,

Elisabeth

October Board Meeting Minutes Available Online (NEW)

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CONVENTION

What to Expect at the National Convention!
Washington, DC, in June. . . What could be lovelier! When you visit DC for the national Convention, take a few extra days to wander around the District. Our special hotel rate (which you can book online today) will last from June 5-15. So, you can really have the complete DC experience! To get a glimpse of what to expect at the LWVUS Convention "Power the Vote: Imagine, Commit, Act!" register here for Part I of our special Convention webinars on February 21, 1 pm EST.

Bylaws Amendments Due: March 1
One of the many important pieces of business that delegates gathered at the national Convention must consider is whether to amend the LWVUS Bylaws. Read the memo that outlines the process here. Special thanks to the Bylaws Committee for their work in the coming months: Chair Marlene O’Brien (LWVUS), Judy Duffy (LWVUS), Jacqueline Jacobberger (CA), Marlys Robertson (CO) and Anne Schink (ME).

Nominate YOUR League for an LWVUS Convention Award
Has YOUR state or local League done some outstanding work this year on elections, voter service and reform? As this LWVUS Convention focuses on Power the Vote, we can’t think of a better way to showcase the impact of the League than by congratulating and recognizing our success across the country! Visit the Convention Section of the LWVUS Website to apply to win a Convention Award and national recognition for your League’s great work! 

Important Caucus Information and Application Online (NEW)
Interested in holding a caucus at Convention 2012? Please use the online form to reserve your space today! Space is extremely limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Questions? Contact Natalie Testa, ntesta@lwv.org.

How Many Delegates Can Your League Send to Convention? (NEW)
Are you confused about how many delegates your League can send to the national Convention this year? Go to the LWVUS website to determine the number of delegates your League can send.

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ADVOCACY

WE MADE OUR GOAL! (NEW)
Thanks to the passion and hard work of all of our members and supporters, we surpassed our goal of 25,000 signatures on the FEC petition to the White House. This feat was not easy - as many of you can attest. We want to personally thank every one of you who signed the petition and worked to get your friends, family and neighbors to do the same. As we said in a statement today, we are eagerly awaiting the response to our petition from President Obama and to hear about his plans for the government agency charged with enforcing the law and stopping illegal coordination by candidate Super PACs.

Campaign Finance Reform Task Force
As noted in the President’s Update message last week, a Campaign Finance Reform Task Force of members with experience and expertise in campaign finance and constitutional law will prove invaluable as the League tackles long-term reform. Members with an interest in this issue as well as expertise and background in campaign finance and constitutional law who would like to apply to serve on this Task Force may do so here. Applications are due by March 1, 2012.

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

Elections: Finally Some Good News! Photo ID Bill dies in Maine (NEW)
Democrats and Republicans joined together in Maine last week to defeat legislative language that would have required photo ID at the polls. In the second year of this unprecedented assault on voting rights, it is good news to see a win for democracy. Read more here.

Elections: Invitation to Conduct Voter Registration at WWE Events (NEW)
The League is once again teaming up with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to encourage voter registration and participation among young and first-time voters. Leagues are invited to conduct voter registration at live wrestling events across the country. Check the calendar here for the current schedule of events and contact Maggie Duncan (Mduncan@lwv.org) if an event is scheduled in your community and you would like to participate. The calendar will be updated as dates become available. 

Elections: Does Your League Want to Undertake an Activity with Presidential Candidates? (NEW)
The presidential election season is well underway, and this is the time when many people think about debates and other ways of engaging the candidates. However, please be aware that any state or local League plans relating to presidential candidates must be first reviewed and approved by the LWVUS. If your League is interested in undertaking an activity that includes presidential candidates, please carefully review the League’s Policy and Participation Criteria.

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MEMBERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP

LWVUS Welcomes New League (NEW)
The LWVUS congratulates the LWV of Howard County Area (IN) on its newly granted League status! Since 2010, the Howard County Area League has been active in its community creating excellent relationships with local government officials and the media. The League has been working tirelessly on its voter service efforts to encourage voter registration as well as voter education through its candidate forums. We welcome this new local League to the family and extend our thanks to the LWVIN for its mentoring!  

PMP Statements Mailed Last Week (NEW)
Second quarter PMP statements were mailed to local and state Leagues last week. If you have any questions about your statement, please contact Yancy Jimenez, yjimenez@lwv.org. Thanks to the Leagues for all their efforts, including submitting this payment, to make us such a strong organization!  Please note that, per the LWVUS Bylaws, in order to vote at the LWVUS 2012 Convention, your League must have paid its PMP in full as billed.

Visibility Opportunity: The League’s 92nd Birthday
The League turns 92 this Valentine’s Day, February 14! Use this media hook to gain visibility for your League and its work by customizing this template.

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OTHER

Online Store Sale (NEW)
From now until the end of February the online store is holding a sale of logo items for $2.00 + shipping and handling.

Do You Need to Update Your Will?
Have you moved? Had a child? Gotten married recently? Or maybe there's a new grandchild or stepchild in your life? Any one of these major life events is reason enough to update your will. It is always important to stay in touch with your attorney regarding any changes in estate and probate law. While you're updating your plans, don't forget to include a gift for your favorite charities, like the League of Women Voters Education Fund – to strengthen the pillars of our democracy for years to come. If you have already included a gift for the LWV in your will or trust, but have not previously informed us, or if you have been thinking about setting up a gift that provides income, such as a charitable gift annuity, please contact the Development office by email or at 202-263-1355.

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