September 13, 2012
In This Issue:
- POWER THE VOTE: This Week's Challenge Activity (NEW)
- Take the Challenge – Help Get 3 Friends Registered to Vote (NEW)
- Voters’ Guide Information on Presidential Candidates (NEW)
- Promote Your National Voter Registration Day Event on the Airwaves (NEW)
- Upcoming Webinar: Moderating Debates LWV Style
- Register for Truth in Campaign Advertising Conference Call Sept. 14 at Noon (NEW)
- Opportunity to Inspire and Educate Youth
- Voter ID Laws Could Disenfranchise 1 Million Young Minority Voters (NEW)
- Florida: Illegal Purge Update (NEW)
- VOTE411 Sport Backpacks for Sale!
- League President Testifies on Capitol Hill (NEW)
- League Comments on Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Rule (NEW)
- Global Democracy: BMENA Update (NEW)
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
- Only 2 Weeks Left to Apply for the LWVUS Task Force
- MLD Travels Inspire LWVUS and Grassroots (NEW)
- Updated LWVUS/EF National Calendar (NEW)
- Help Us Reach 15,000 Facebook Fans! (NEW)
- League Wins National Direct Marketing Award for Excellence! (NEW)
- LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs Sept. 10 to Oct. 5 (NEW)
- You Need to Update Your Will?
I am in Ohio today, on the first leg of my fall road trip to visit some 10 battleground states to observe and promote the great work being accomplished by League members like you. I’ll be meeting with elections officials, speaking with the media, attending conferences, helping register voters, and much, much more on these visits from September through Election Day.
But, a funny thing happened to me on my way to Ohio...
I was invited to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and testified on “the Citizens United Court and the Continuing Importance of the Voting Rights Act!” So, yesterday, before hopping on an airplane to Ohio, I presented this testimony in Washington, DC. In my remarks, I strongly called on the federal government to step in to ensure that the rights of every eligible citizen to vote are protected if states are unable or unwilling to do so.
Check out our blog post some photos from the hearing, and watch the full hearing on this CSpan video. Also testifying were Attorney Michael Carvin, who spoke in support of the Citizens United decision and against Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, and former Montana Solicitor Anthony Johnstone, whose testimony concerned “the role of the Supreme Court in reviewing the constitutionality of ‘laws of democracy,’ including campaign finance regulation, election administration and voting rights enforcement.”
It’s apparent that our work is far from over, but it was an incredible opportunity to share the wonderful work being done by Leagues across the country. And, most importantly, it was great to have Capitol Hill provide a forum to discuss these important issues and for them to listen and learn.
You will hear more about my travel adventures in the coming weeks. In the meantime, keep on with your valuable work of registering and educating voters!
In League together making democracy work,
POWER THE VOTE: This Week's Challenge Activity (NEW)
It’s not too late to pursue a statewide or local online voters’ guide! Leagues from 29 states are currently participating in VOTE411 to create online voters’ guides in their communities and the number is still growing! Is your League interested in joining VOTE411, but you don’t know how to get started? LWVEF has resources online and we are happy to answer any of your questions. Watch the VOTE411 webinar here to learn more. And contact Megan Brown (email@example.com) for more information. About 20 million voters were served through VOTE411 in 2008. Be a part of this growing program, help inform voters in your community this year and gain significant visibility for your League’s work!
Take the Challenge – Help Get 3 Friends Registered to Vote (NEW)
Join our registration challenge by sending our e-card to three friends, family members or co-workers encouraging them to register to vote or update their registration by visiting VOTE411.org.
Voters’ Guide Information on Presidential Candidates (NEW)
In collaboration with some wonderful League volunteers from Maryland, we have again asked the candidates running for President to provide answers to some of the most pressing public policy questions. Those candidates that meet LWVUS’ criteria and are now officially each party’s nominee (Gary Johnson, Barak Obama, Mitt Romney and Jill Stein) have been invited to participate in this activity. Thanks to input from League members across the country we have also included a question specifically designed for low literacy publications for the first time. The Presidential information is now published on VOTE411, with additional information from the candidates being published as it is made available to us, and will appear for all states. Guidelines for using the Presidential Information in your voters’ guides and the data itself are available here.
Promote Your National Voter Registration Day Event on the Airwaves (NEW)
Has your League signed up to participate in National Voter Registration Day? If so, please share the good news with your local community by using the NVRD template press release and/or LWVEF’s general customizable voter registration press release. We can’t wait to hear how your National Voter Registration Day events turn out!
Upcoming Webinar: Moderating Debates LWV Style
On Saturday, September 22 at 10 am, ET, join former LWVUS President Kay J. Maxwell for a webinar on moderating debates! The public is hungry for factual information, and we want to make sure new League debate moderators are prepared to create the best debate experience possible for the public and the candidates. Register now to learn basic tips and techniques from one of our leading national experts!
Register for Truth in Campaign Advertising Conference Call Sept. 14 at Noon (NEW)
Please register here and join us for a conference call on Friday, Sept. 14, at Noon ET, with Meredith McGehee, a leading national reformer with experience in the media. We’ll be using our webinar system to share information and answer questions. As we noted in last week’s Update, Leagues around the country work hard to ensure that voters receive fact-based, nonpartisan information about elections. The massive flood of non-candidate (3rd Party) TV ads now washing over our airwaves threaten to spread misinformation and are leaving voters confused and disgusted – which may drive them to not to vote at all. LWVUS, in partnership with the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, is launching the Truth in Campaign Advertising project, aimed at urging TV stations to minimize the level of misinformation in campaign ads.
Opportunity to Inspire and Educate Youth
Looking for a great way to educate high school and college students about the requirements to be President of the United States and how primaries, caucuses, general elections and the Electoral College work? LWVUS is partnering with the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to add our logo to the winning entry of the Kids.gov poster contest. We will be sending your League a full-color poster to display at events, local libraries and schools along with a letter on how to order more posters at no cost to you. Look for these in the mail. Together we can Power the Vote! For more information, contact Pam Sterner (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Voter ID Laws Could Disenfranchise 1 Million Young Minority Voters (NEW)
An estimated 700,000 young minority voters could be barred from voting in November because of photo ID laws passed across the country in recent years, according to a new study.
Florida: Illegal Purge Update (NEW)
In a partial victory for voter rights’ groups, Florida residents who were mistakenly removed from the voter rolls this year because the state classified them as noncitizens will be returned to the rolls and allowed to vote in November. Read more here.
VOTE411 Sport Backpacks for Sale!
Looking for an easy way to promote the League and VOTE411 in your community? Well look no further! LWVEF is selling VOTE411 sport backpacks! These backpacks are great to hand out at voter registration events, candidate forums and debates, county fairs, and any place you can reach voters and spread awareness about the League and our important voter service activities! The bags are $3 each (if you buy 10 or more, the price drops to $2 each) plus $5 shipping/handling! If you’re interested in purchasing these bags or if you’d like more information, contact Shauneen Grout (email@example.com).
League President Testifies on Capitol Hill (NEW)
Yesterday, as described above in her message, President MacNamara testified at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “the Citizens United Court and the Continuing Importance of the Voting Rights Act.” Watch the C-Span video, read our blog post and Elisabeth’s full written testimony, and view photos.
League Comments on Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Rule (NEW)
LWVUS sent a range of comments to the Bureau of Land Management regarding a proposed rule that would regulate hydraulic fracturing on public land and Indian land. The rule would provide disclosure to the public of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing on public land and Indian land, strengthen regulations related to well-bore integrity, and address issues related to flowback water.
Global Democracy: BMENA Update (NEW)
The Second Preparatory Meeting of the 9th Forum for the Future will take place in Amman, Jordan, October 1-2, 2012. This second meeting will focus on Economic Governance and presents an opportunity to bring together governments and private sector/civil society representatives to discuss critical economic governance and growth issues and identify concrete steps to improve the business and investment climate, create jobs, and encourage entrepreneurs. Read more here.
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
Only 2 Weeks Left to Apply for the LWVUS Task Force
Do you know a great League member who is under 45 years old and has a passion for the League and its future? Encourage them to apply to become a member or co-chair of LWV Young Professionals Task Force to help local Leagues reach out to the next generation of League leaders. Applications are due September 30, 2012. (We recommend viewing the application, writing your answers on a word document, and then applying online.) Only League members in good standing, age 45 or under, will be considered for these positions.
MLD Travels Inspire LWVUS and Grassroots (NEW)
The LWVUS Field Support Team just returned from another successful, inspiring and reviving weekend with League members, dedicated to strengthening the League to strengthen our democracy. LWVUS Field Support Sr. Director Cheryl Graeve shares her thoughts about her recent trip to Joliet, IL, where over 50 League members gathered for intensive training in membership and leadership development. Support our effort to strengthen democracy here. Also, don’t forget to tag yourself in the Facebook album if you are in it!
Updated LWVUS/EF National Calendar (NEW)
Mark your calendars now! The updated LWVUS/EF National Calendar July 2012-June 2014 is now available on our website.
Help Us Reach 15,000 Facebook Fans! (NEW)
With election season heating up, we’re seeing an uptick on the LWVUS social media channels – and we’re now within striking distance of 15,000 Facebook fans and 2,000 Twitter followers! Help us reach these milestones by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter and by sharing our Facebook page and Twitter feed with your networks, and asking them to like us too. Together, we can expand our reach!
League Wins National Direct Marketing Award for Excellence! (NEW)
LWVUS was recognized at a national fundraising conference in August for its excellence in direct marketing/fundraising. The Direct Marketing Association of Washington awarded the League a 2012 Gold Maxi Award, for its October 2011 appeal to current supporters to increase their charitable giving to the Leaders for Democracy level ($1,000 and higher).
LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs Sept. 10 to Oct. 5 (NEW)
The LWVUS Development Office wants to alert League leaders that the LWVUS annual telemarketing outreach program runs from September 10 through approximately October 5, 2012. During this campaign, national donors, as well as those local members who contribute to the LWVUS, are contacted by phone with a request for support. In addition, local members who are lapsed more than 24 months will be contacted. They will be given the opportunity to renew membership with their local League. Questions should be directed to Rose Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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