September 20, 2012
In This Issue:
- POWER THE VOTE: This Week's Challenge Activity (NEW)
- VOTE411 Widgets and QR Code Now Available (NEW)
- Voters’ Guide Information on Presidential Candidates (NEW)
- National Voter Registration Day is 5 Days Away!
- Last Call to Register for Moderating Debates LWV Style Webinar!
- Using Facebook to GOTV (NEW)
- Promote Truth in Campaign Advertising in Your Community! (NEW)
- Opportunity to Inspire and Educate Youth
- Reuters Story Cites League President on Florida League’s Voter Registration Efforts (NEW)
- PA Supreme Court Sends Voter Photo ID Law Back to Lower Court (NEW)
- LWVUS Takes Actions to Defend Clean Air Act (NEW)
- Global Democracy: Lessons from El Jadida, Morocco (NEW)
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
- Fundraising 101 Webinar (NEW)
- Only 2 Weeks Left to Apply for the LWVUS Task Force (NEW)
- LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs Sept. 10 to Oct. 5
- You Need to Update Your Will?
Yes, I’m back on the road again for four days. This time, I’m visiting Colorado and Missouri, of which you will hear more in next week’s message. But let me talk today about the first leg of my 2012 election road trip – Ohio.
My three-day visit to Ohio was remarkable. I started off in Columbus with a radio interview on Ohio public radio about the challenges voters will face this election because of politicians’ efforts to manipulate election laws for their own gain. Thanks to the work of the League in Ohio and its coalition partners, Ohio voters will be able to vote early and will not have any changes in their voter identification laws. In fact, the Ohio League is telling voters: voting is as easy as 1-2-3.
Read more in my blog post this week about the Ohio League’s activities, including their arduous work on reforming the state’s redistricting process.
As always, meeting with League members is a highlight of my travels. This time, I joined the Metro Columbus Leagues for a fascinating discussion about bringing civil discourse back to political discussion. It was wonderful to see that the event was very well attended with lots of new and prospective members! I met so many of our wonderful members, among them were two from the Chillicothe LWV, who had traveled the farthest for the event. I learned a new, interesting fact from them – that Chillicothe is considered a bellwether during elections. It seems that candidates spend so much time there that local residents get tired of seeing them.
A visit over brunch with Dayton area League members topped off my three days in Ohio. What an incredible time I had meeting with League members, elected officials and coalition partners. It was heartwarming to hear repeated praise of the central role the Ohio League has been playing in voter protection efforts. Testifying in the state legislature, gathering signatures, spurring the effort to reform redistricting – the League is recognized as a major resource for Ohioans. I'm so proud to have been able to witness their influence firsthand!
POWER THE VOTE: This Week's Challenge Activity (NEW)
It’s not too late to identify five key media contacts and communicate with them at least once in September and October. Use our visibility and media tips, social media tips, recent social media webinar, PSA scripts, voter registration press release template, and get-out-the-vote letter to the editor template to assist you in this effort. Establishing these contacts now during the election season and continuing to touch base periodically after the election will help maintain a viable connection with your local media and increase your visibility.
VOTE411 Widgets and QR Code Now Available (NEW)
Brand new VOTE411.org widgets and a QR code are now available! Use these tools on your website to help direct voters to VOTE411 for the information they need for Election Day. Instructions on how to download the widgets and QR code are available on the LWVUS website. If you have any questions, please contact Gretchen Knell (email@example.com).
Voters’ Guide Information on Presidential Candidates (NEW)
Good news! We now have responses from all four Presidential candidates – Gary Johnson, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Jill Stein! The Presidential information is now published on VOTE411 and is appearing in all states. Guidelines for using the Presidential information in your voters’ guides and the data itself are available here. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org).
National Voter Registration Day Is 5 Days Away!
We’re thrilled that 238 Leagues have signed up to participate in National Voter Registration Day on 9/25! If your League is participating, please make sure you’ve entered your event on the National Voter Registration Day website so that potential new voters can find you! Then tell your local media and social networks about your event using the handy templates here. Finally, please be sure to fill out the online reporting survey that you’ll receive from the National Voter Registration day team. This survey is our chance to demonstrate just how big the League’s impact was in this historic event!
Last Call to Register for Moderating Debates LWV Style Webinar!
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!
Using Facebook to GOTV (NEW)
A recent study has gotten a lot of media attention and we want to draw your attention to it! According to the study, “About 340,000 more people turned out to the polls on Election Day in 2010 because of a single message to 60 million Facebook users.” It reveals that users who saw messages in their Facebook newsfeeds from friends who had voted were more likely to vote than those who saw no such message, i.e., those who saw pictures of friends that they were deemed to be closer to, based on the amount they interacted with each other on Facebook, were more likely to be influenced positively. Imagine the kind of cascading effect you might launch among your friends on Election Day! The takeaway for us is how valuable Facebook and the personal ask can be in all aspects of League activity – so take a picture of yourself at your polling place when you vote and share it with your friends, asking them to vote, too.
Promote Truth in Campaign Advertising in Your Community! (NEW)
Non-candidate (3rd Party) TV ads are flooding our airwaves, threatening to spread misinformation, and leaving voters confused and disgusted. To educate citizens about the facts of such ads, the LWV is partnering with the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania on a Truth in Campaign Advertising project. Kathleen Hall Jamieson created this special video in appreciation of all League members who are joining this effort and represent the trusted local citizen voice. You also may listen to the recording of a web conference call we had on this subject last week.
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 (email@example.com).
Reuters Story Cites League President on Florida League’s Voter Registration Efforts (NEW)
This story, “Groups race against time to get Florida voters registered,” was widely carried by media outlets: “Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters, said 30 local chapters are registering voters in Florida, trying to make up for lost time. ... ‘They are targeting under-served communities,’ she said. ‘They're working at bus stops, community colleges, baseball games, naturalization ceremonies and other events.’”
PA Supreme Court Sends Voter Photo ID Law Back to Lower Court (NEW)
On Tuesday, the PA State Supreme Court said it will tolerate "no voter disenfranchisement," and decided to send the case, dealing with Pennsylvania's new voter photo ID law, back to a lower court to decide whether the state is doing enough to get photo ID cards to voters who need them. The League of Women Voters of PA is participating in this suit. The court has until October 2nd. Read more here.
LWVUS Takes Actions to Defend Clean Air Act (NEW)
This week, LWVUS joined members of the environmental community in sending two letters to the U.S. House of Representatives to defend the Clean Air Act. The first letter refers to H.R.3409, the Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012. The bill fundamentally weakens the Clean Air Act and takes aim at an array of laws that keep the American public safe. The second letter was sent to a subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee regarding H.R. 6172, a bill that would rewrite the Clean Air Act and block the Environmental Protection Agency from setting any standards for power plant carbon pollution.
Global Democracy: Lessons From El Jadida, Morocco (NEW)
The First Preparatory Meeting of the 9th Forum for the Future took place in El Jadida, Morocco on September 3-4, 2012. Civil society and government representatives from across the broader Middle East and North Africa area came together to develop country-specific recommendations for promoting women’s empowerment across the region. The conference was followed by an advocacy workshop for Moroccan civil society organizations. Read more here.
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
Fundraising 101 Webinar (NEW)
Register today to participate in the Fundraising 101 webinar on October 2 at 2 pm ET. The webinar will expand on the basic fundraising training from National Convention to provide an overview of the why’s, who’s, what’s, how’s and when’s of fundraising essentials for local Leagues. We’ll convince you to focus on the most promising source of funds for Leagues – individuals – and give you lots of ideas to ensure success!
Only 2 Weeks Left to Apply for the LWVUS Task Force (NEW)
Do you know a great League member who is 45 years old and younger 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 prepare local Leagues to 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 this position.
LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs Sept. 10 to Oct. 5
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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