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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

October 11, 2012

In This Issue:

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

  • POWER THE VOTE: This Week’s Challenge – Get Out the Vote in Your Community! (NEW)

ELECTIONS

  • Can’t Make It on Election Day? (NEW)
  • The American Voter Is Now Hiring – Sample LWV Voter Education Op/Ed (NEW)
  • Pushing Stations to Reject Deception Is Starting to Work – Sign up for Alerts (NEW)
  • Three More Voting Rights Wins: Michigan, New Hampshire and South Carolina (NEW)
  • We Want to Publicize Your Voters’ Guides
  • Answer Our Survey and Get FREE VOTE411 Backpacks!

ADVOCACY

  • Fisher v. Austin Case Is Now before the U.S. Supreme Court (NEW)
  • League Submits Comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Two New Webinar Recordings Available (NEW)
  • Redesigned Membership Brochure Available

OTHER

  • You Need to Update Your Will?

Dear Supporter,

My road trip has been very successful thus far. Since my last message, I traveled to North Carolina and Florida. Today, I’m in Wisconsin, and in a few days I will be in Minnesota before a quick break.

As in the previous states I visited, I was heartened by the great work our Leagues are doing to empower thousands of voters in North Carolina and Florida. I was also impressed with their successful collaboration with government officials, local elections officials in particular, and partner organizations in order to reach the voters most in need of trusted, quality information.

Since my travels are in full swing, I recently shared some insights I’ve gained so far on my Huffington Post blog.

The past few days have seen three victories for voters in Michigan, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Congratulations to the Leagues that worked so hard in those states to protect and advocate for voters. Please read more about these wins for voting rights below under Elections.

Keep up the valuable work you are doing to ensure that everyone in your community is prepared and able to vote in the November election. I encourage you to follow our blog and check our Facebook page regularly to hear about the incredible work going on across the country. We are truly powering the vote!

In League together making democracy work,

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PRESIDENT'S CORNER

POWER THE VOTE: This Week’s Challenge – Get Out the Vote in Your Community! (NEW)
As we mentioned last week, there are lots of things your League can still do to help get out the vote and mitigate voter confusion in your community. Our highlight for this week: sample Get-out-the-vote email and telephone call scripts. Customize these and use them to remind your social networks, people you’ve helped register, and other contacts. Research shows that sending these reminders are most effective in the final week or few days leading up to Election Day, but it’s a good idea to start planning your outreach now.

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ELECTIONS

Can’t Make It on Election Day? (NEW)
Please share our message about early voting and absentee balloting with your family and friends. If you or someone you know will be away from your polling place due to travel, work, school or other reasons, you’ll need to take advantage of early voting, if offered in your state, or cast an absentee ballot to vote. You can get the information you need today at VOTE411.org!

The American Voter Is Now Hiring – Sample LWV Voter Education Op/Ed (NEW)
Now is when every eligible voter in America should be reviewing resumes and evaluating the political candidates who are applying for some pretty important jobs across the country. The League is prepared to help voters learn about who they want to hire through our forums/debates, voter guides and VOTE411.org. Here’s a sample Op/Ed you can personalize and submit to your area media to point people in the right direction. For additional information on working with the media, check out this Succeeding in the Spotlight webinar.

Pushing Stations to Reject Deception Is Starting to Work – Sign up for Alerts (NEW)
League members and the Annenberg School are having an impact! We’ve heard from Kathleen Hall Jamieson that stations in MN, IA and SC have gone beyond fact checking segments to not airing some deceptive ads.  Keep up your outreach to TV stations; praise those that are fact checking and urge newspapers to editorialize in support of the facts! Find tools to assist you here, Truth in Campaign Advertising. Also, you can receive updates with fact checkers’ evaluations of the latest deceptions in third-party political ads airing in your television market here; send a note to your station and Flackcheck will send you alerts.

Three More Voting Rights Wins: Michigan, New Hampshire and South Carolina (NEW)
In South Carolina, the U.S. Federal District Court blocked implementation of the state’s new voter photo identification law for the November 6th general election, but pre-cleared the law so it will be implemented in 2013. It was a nuanced decision; learn more from the LWVUS and LWVSC joint press release. A federal judge ordered Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to remove a U.S. citizenship question from ballot applications for the Nov. 6 election, citing potential confusion and inconsistent use of the inquiry. Johnson wanted to require the check-off box even after the legislation was vetoed by the governor earlier this year. In New Hampshire, the state’s highest court blocked the use of a new voter registration form for the Nov. 6 election. The form would likely have dissuaded college students from voting.

We Want to Publicize Your Voters’ Guides
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).

Answer Our Survey and Get FREE VOTE411 Backpacks!
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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ADVOCACY

Fisher v. Austin Case Is Now before the U.S. Supreme Court (NEW)
On Oct. 10, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Fisher v. Austin. The question that the Court is considering is whether prior Supreme Court decisions on racial equality, including the latest college admissions decision in 2003, permit the University of Texas to use race in the selection of its freshman classes. The League of Women Voters joined the Brennan Center in submitting an amicus brief in this case.

League Submits Comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (NEW)
The League submitted comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on October 9, 2012. The comments contain guidance on proposed revision of environmental guidance documents governing interstate natural gas lines.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Two New Webinar Recordings Available (NEW)
The Nikki Harris Online Training Library houses the recordings of past webinar opportunities presented by LWVUS on a variety of topics. Succeeding in the Spotlight, presented by Communications Consultant Michelle Molloy, provides timely tips during this high visibility election time for League leaders to be effective spokespersons, building key messaging and media relations skills into your interviews.  Fundraising 101 webinar, presented by the LWVUS Development Team and National Board Member Linda Wassenich, provides an overview of the why’s, who’s, what’s, how’s and when’s of fundraising essentials for local Leagues.

Redesigned Membership Brochure Available
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. Or, they are available for download here. Watch for an insert template to make the brochure more reflective of your League soon. Questions? Contact kmcfarland@lwv.org.

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OTHER

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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