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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

October 4, 2012

In This Issue:

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

  • POWER THE VOTE: This Week's Challenge Activity (NEW)

ELECTIONS

  • National Voter Registration Day: 60% of Leagues Still Need to Report Numbers! (NEW)
  • Voter Registration Media Alert Template Available (NEW)
  • We Want to Publicize Your Voters’ Guides (NEW)
  • Truth in Campaign Ads – Leagues Get Creative (NEW)
  • Another Win for Voting Rights: Photo ID Will Not Be Required for Nov. 6th Election in PA (NEW)
  • Answer Our Survey and Get FREE VOTE411 Backpacks!

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Register Today for Effective Spokesperson Training!
  • Redesigned Membership Brochure Available (NEW)
  • League Name and Logos (NEW)
  • MLD Program Wraps Up 2012 Trainings, Looks to Future (NEW)
  • Thank You for Applying for the LWVUS Young Professionals Task Force! (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND

  • UN Update: International Day of the Girl Panel on Preventing Child Exploitation (NEW)

OTHER

  • Leaving a Legacy

Dear Supporter,

After nearly a month on the road, I’m traveling again as you read this. I just wrapped up a visit to Michigan, and I’m now in North Carolina.

My trip to Michigan was productive and full of opportunities to meet the dedicated, hardworking League members in Detroit, Grosse Pointe, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Saugatuck, Kalamazoo and Bloomfield Hills.

I had a great time participating in a League-sponsored rally in Lansing on the steps of the capital. On this glorious autumn day, we stood up for voters, for making democracy work through registering new voters, getting voters informed and to the polls on Election Day. We reminded state legislators, strolling in and out of the state house, that voting is our most fundamental right.

I’ve covered a lot of ground in Colorado, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio over the past few weeks. It’s paying off – we’re bringing attention to the important issues and the influential role Leagues play in addition to helping voters get the information they need. I valued the chance to meet the many League members who are on the ground doing this vital work and I look forward to meeting and thanking more of our volunteers in person in the weeks to come.

Stay tuned for my report from the road in next week’s Update. In the meantime, thank you for all you are doing in these final weeks leading up to Election Day!

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PRESIDENT'S CORNER

POWER THE VOTE: This Week's Challenge Activity (NEW)
There’s still time to prepare your League and your community for Election Day! Read our new resource, “Three Steps for a Smooth Election Day,” which includes streamlined tips for planning effective get-out-the-vote activities, assisting voters with questions or voting challenges and putting together a poll watching/poll worker program to help collect relevant information and make sure voters are able to fully participate.

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ELECTIONS

National Voter Registration Day: 60% of Leagues Still Need to Report Numbers! (NEW)
League volunteers were a major portion of the “workforce” that made National Voter Registration Day such a success nationwide. Initial reports suggest League volunteers registered the most voters in-person of any group that day, and that overall the effort helped register nearly 300,000 new voters – a target-smashing success! Final results will be shared with funders, the media and partner groups, and we want the League’s contribution to be fully measured. So far, less than half of participating Leagues have reported how many voter registrations they collected on the day. If you haven’t already, it’s important that you take a moment of your time to click on the link sent to you in the email by the day’s organizers and record your total registration and volunteer numbers. If you lost the link, submit your report here. Many thanks to the 100+ Leagues that have already reported in about their experience.

Voter Registration Media Alert Template Available (NEW)
As the deadline for voter registration draws near in many states, it’s important to continue to do all we can to ensure that every eligible citizens has an opportunity to register to vote or check their registration status. Here is a media alert template that State and Local Leagues can use to get the word out that the registration deadline is near and eligible citizens can register to vote by going to VOTE411.org. Simply fill in the highlighted areas and send it to print, TV and radio media in your community.

We Want to Publicize Your Voters’ Guides (NEW)
Has your League put together a printed voters’ guide? Looking for a new way to help spread awareness about your guide in your community? If so, send a link or PDF of the voters’ guide to Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org), and she’ll post the guide on VOTE411! That way, voters in your area who visit VOTE411 for their election information will have access to the candidate and ballot measure information you work so hard to collect for your voters’ guide. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org).

Truth in Campaign Ads – Leagues Get Creative (NEW)
What creative and effective leaders we have around the country! Here's an example of an initiative as part of the League's call for facts to inform voters. We're hearing that TV stations are taking note – fact checking segments on air are increasing! If you see TV stations running fact checking segments on air, show public support by sending a Supportive Letter to the Editor to your local paper. If you don't see any fact checking, you could send in this Op/Ed to encourage stations to fact check. To learn more about the whole campaign, watch this video and go here.

Another Win for Voting Rights: Photo ID Will Not Be Required for Nov. 6th Election in PA (NEW)
On Tuesday, a Pennsylvania Court ruled that voters will not need to show a photo ID in order to vote in November. This is only a temporary injunction:  The court will make a final decision after the election. Congratulations to LWVPA, the lead organizational plaintiff in the case – read more here. Read the joint LWVUS and LWVPA statement and our blog post. This is the latest in a series of court rulings in favor of protecting voters in states where suppressive laws had been recently passed. The New York Times has a good synopsis of the cases.

Answer Our Survey and Get FREE VOTE411 Backpacks! (NEW)
Has your League hosted any voter registration events this year? Do you want to receive some FREE VOTE411 backpacks to hand out to voters in your area? Then simply fill out this survey to let us know about your registration events and we’ll mail you 10 FREE backpacks ASAP! If you have any questions please contact Shauneen Grout (sgrout@lwv.org).

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Register Today for Effective Spokesperson Training!
Become a more effective spokesperson for the League by building key messaging and media relations skills. Register to participate for this webinar training, presented by Communications Consultant Michelle Molloy, on October 9 at 3pm (Eastern). Complete this short survey to help Michelle focus this training.

Redesigned Membership Brochure Available (NEW)
Using your input, feedback and photos, LWVUS has redesigned the membership brochure.  Leagues may purchase them through the online store for a cost of $7.00 per packet of 50. Watch for a "insert" template to make the brochure more reflective of your League coming soon. Questions? Contact kmcfarland@lwv.org.

League Name and Logos (NEW)
Every League should have received a letter (by email) of the LWVUS policy regarding the importance of using the official League name and logo. If you did not receive this letter or would like to read it again, please go to the LWV website. Attached to the letter and also available at this link is a legal memorandum from our attorneys. 

MLD Program Wraps Up 2012 Trainings, Looks to Future (NEW)
The Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) program got a huge boost from League members (like YOU) who invested in themselves at National Convention. The program conducted nine trainings for over 450 League members, representing 236 local Leagues from nine states, dedicated to ensuring the League is loud and proud for another 92 years! Do you want to invest in the future of the League, too? Help the MLD program reach all 50 states next year by donating today.

Thank You for Applying for the LWVUS Young Professionals Task Force! (NEW)
Special thanks to all those League members who applied for or encouraged others to apply for a position on the first-ever LWVUS Young Professionals Task Force! We’ve received many applications from strong candidates. Task Force members will be selected by the end of October.

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EDUCATION FUND

UN Update: International Day of the Girl Panel on Preventing Child Exploitation (NEW)
The League is co-sponsoring the first annual International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2012, with a special panel “BEST PRACTICES: Preventing Child Exploitation at Major Events.” Find more information here.

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OTHER

Leaving a Legacy
Including the League of Women Voters Education Fund in your will is among the easiest ways to offer support of the LWVEF's work for years to come. We suggest the following language to include the League as a beneficiary of a will or trust: " I give, devise, and bequeath to the League of Women Voters Education Fund, a charitable organization formed in the District of Columbia, with offices at 1730 M Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, {the sum of $___ } {___ percentage of my residuary estate}." If you already have a will, you can have your attorney add a codicil to include the LWVEF. After you've added the League, please contact the Development office by email so we can list you as a member of our Carrie Chapman Catt Legacy Society.

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