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July 5, 2012

Today: July 5, 1971 – 26th Amendment (reduces voting age to 18) is certified

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: Celebrating the Freedom to Vote (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Fair Judiciary)

  • Elections: VOTE411 Trainings – Sign up Today to Reserve Your Spot!
  • Elections: Grants Available for First-Time Voter Registration Drives (July 15 Deadline)
  • Elections: Wins for Voters in Michigan, Arizona and the Nation! (NEW)
  • Elections: Ohio Redistricting Reform on the Road to Victory! (NEW)
  • Elections: Impact of LWV High School Registration Project Felt Nationwide (NEW)
  • Fair Judiciary:  “From Theory to Practice: A Grassroots Education Campaign” (NEW)
  • Fair Judiciary:  Jefferson County (WA) League Holds Judicial Candidate Forums (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Are you a young League member? Join our Facebook group!
  • Women's Equality Day: Plan an Event to Celebrate in August! (NEW)
  • Summer Is the Perfect Time for a Board Retreat and Orientation! (NEW)

OTHER

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

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

We celebrate Independence Day this week – a good time to remember what all the fireworks, parades and picnics are about. In 1776, we declared our independence from a country that was progressive and democratic by 18th century standards because we wanted to elect the representatives who make our laws. In 1789, when we ratified the Constitution, the voting population was limited to economic and social elites. In the history of our country, we can trace the history of an ever expanding franchise. The core freedom that we celebrate every Fourth of July is the freedom to vote. The vote is what protects the individual freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

America is the land of the free because, however strong the resistance, universal suffrage triumphed. The League is the result of one of those triumphs. For over 90 years we placed our faith in the power of the vote to make positive change in our government because the success of democracy depends on many persons doing small things faithfully. This Fourth of July week we renew that faith and renew our efforts to Power the Vote and power the voices of citizens.

In League together making democracy safe for our nation,

Elisabeth

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Fair Judiciary)

Elections: VOTE411 Trainings – Sign up Today to Reserve Your Spot!
Are you looking for an in-depth training on how to use VOTE411 to provide online voters’ guides in your community? LWVEF is providing three webinars that will show you the basics and answer your questions about this voter education tool. These trainings are great for anyone interested in using VOTE411 and current VOTE411 participants! Register today for Monday, July 9th 12-1pm ET or Wednesday, July 11th 6-7pm ET or Saturday, July 14th 5-6pm ET to reserve your spot! If you have any questions about the webinar, or about VOTE411, please contact Megan Brown, mbrown@lwv.org.

Elections: Grants Available for First-Time Voter Registration Drives (July 15 Deadline)
LWVEF is pleased to announce a new pass-through grant opportunity to help Leagues engage community college/technical/vocational school students and new citizens in 2012. State and local Leagues are encouraged to download the project description and funding application for fall 2012 activities. Contact Maggie Duncan (mduncan@lwv.org) if you have questions about completing your application. Sunday, July 15, is the application deadline.

Elections: Wins for Voters in Michigan, Arizona and the Nation! (NEW)
On the eve of the 4th of July, Michigan’s governor vetoed voter suppression legislation that would have required ballot affirmation of citizenship, restricted voter registration drives and required photo ID to obtain an absentee ballot. LWVMI and its partners sent a message of thanks to Gov. Rick Snyder. More background on voter registration drive restrictions here. Also, last week, the Supreme Court denied the state of Arizona’s request for a stay to block implementation of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, holding that the documentary proof-of-citizenship requirement for voter registration applicants does violate the NVRA. In other words, we won, at least for now. For more than six years, the League has been fighting against an Arizona law that requires voter registration applicants to provide documentary proof of their citizenship.

Elections: Ohio Redistricting Reform on the Road to Victory! (NEW)
In true Independence Day style, the Ohio League joined partners this week in delivering more than 430,000 signatures to the Secretary of State in support of a revolutionary redistricting reform proposal to be placed on the November ballot. A minimum of 385,253 signatures must be validated by the state in order for the measure to quality for the ballot. Please join us in congratulating our hard-working friends in Ohio!

Elections: Impact of LWV High School Registration Project Felt Nationwide (NEW)
Leagues in 21 communities recently wrapped up their work on the LWVEF 2012 High School Voter Registration Project. All in all, the fabulous volunteer teams visited a total of 166 schools and helped more than 8,500 young people register to vote for the first time! The positive impacts of this project will last a long time inside and outside the League. Indeed, as one team leader declared, “This project energized our volunteers and was very personally satisfying. Our volunteers have become a team. We have made a major impact in our communities.” Great work, all!

Fair Judiciary:  “From Theory to Practice: A Grassroots Education Campaign” (NEW)
A new LWVEF publication,  "From Theory to Practice: A Grassroots Education Campaign," shares lessons learned by the Kansas and South Carolina state and local Leagues that participated in Safeguarding Democracy: Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary from 2009-2012.

Fair Judiciary:  Jefferson County (WA) League Holds Judicial Candidate Forums (NEW)
The LWV of Jefferson County, WA, will hold two judicial candidate forums in Port Ludlow on July 12 and 19, the former features eight statewide Supreme Court candidates and two candidate representatives, and the latter features four Court of Appeals (Division 2) candidates and all three candidates for the Superior Court of Jefferson County. Both events will be moderated by Fred Obee of the Jefferson County/Port Townsend Leader. In addition to the general discussion, candidates will address the importance of judicial diversity and take questions from the audience on the topic. 

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Are you a young League member? Join our Facebook group!
LWVUS now has a special Facebook group just for young League members (45 years old or younger). We want to lead the way for our local Leagues in reaching out to and engaging younger members in all of our great work. The best way to do that is to hear from young League members! As part of the group, you’ll be connected with other young League members from across the country and will help the national League develop a strategy and materials to bring in more young members, just like you!

Women's Equality Day: Plan an Event to Celebrate in August! (NEW)
August 26 will mark the 92nd anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave full voting rights to women. As Leagues did in 2011, there is still time to plan an activity, put out a media release, or get a proclamation signed by your local government to mark Women’s Equality Day, a day that is so important to our history and so strongly associated with the League.

Summer Is the Perfect Time for a Board Retreat and Orientation! (NEW)
Has your new League board scheduled a retreat and orientation for the next year of League? Now is the perfect time to relax, reflect, learn, plan for the year ahead and bond together as a team. Find resources, like essential publications, the Board policy handbookLeague basics and more on the LWVUS website.

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OTHER

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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