October 18, 2012
In This Issue:
- POWER THE VOTE: This Week's Challenge Activity (NEW)
- Candidates and Races on VOTE411 (NEW)
- LWV Voter Education Template to Personalize for Your Community
- Do Facts Still Matter? (NEW)
- Voter Suppression Issues Make Their Way to the U.S. Supreme Court (NEW)
- Answer Our Survey and Get FREE VOTE411 Backpacks!
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
- Learn How to Increase Your League’s Visibility: Webinar Recording Available (NEW)
- New Brochure to Help Promote Membership in the League
- Updating Information for the ‘Find a Local League’ Section of the Website (NEW)
- Global Democracy: Second BMENA Preparatory Workshop Yields Consensus on Transparency, the Rule of Law, and Economic Inclusiveness (NEW)
- New Book: Bringing Citizen Voices to the Table (NEW)
- You Can Make a Gift That Helps Your League at All Three Levels!
What a wonderful road trip I’ve had this fall, seeing election preparations in eight states. There is no doubt that Leagues and League members all over the country are making sure that voters are informed and ready to go to the polls.
I am home now, having left Minnesota yesterday. If you missed any of my blog posts, I urge you to read about all the states I visited to hear about the Leagues’ activities in those states, their partners, their elections and other government officials, and media that I was able to meet.
Since last week’s message, I was in Wisconsin and finished up in Minnesota, where I had a chance to talk about our efforts on behalf of voting rights in that state and across the country in a media interview. Again, the way our Leagues in these states are collaborating with their partners was impressive, as is the work they are doing to educate voters and to ensure elections are free, fair and accessible to all eligible voters.
We are now in the final stretch of the road to Election Day. Early and absentee voting are already in full swing across the country, with 16 more states starting early voting, most of them next week. I know you’ve already begun your get-out-the-vote efforts, but I do want to ask you to increase those efforts and continue with your voter education activities to make sure every voter is prepared and able to vote – absentee, early, or on November 6th – at the time they choose. See the Power the Vote Challenge activity below.
The national elections staff stands ready to assist you in your efforts and has provided you many resources through our Power the Vote Challenges, published in these weekly Updates. I hope you take advantage of them.
As we continue to Power the Vote on the way to Election 2012, I thank you for everything you are doing.
In League together making democracy work,
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. For sample get-out-the-vote scripts and emails, click here.
Candidates and Races on VOTE411 (NEW)
With the election just 19 days away, Leagues around the country have been busy publishing their voters’ guides on VOTE411. To date, Leagues in 31 states have used VOTE411’s software to publish more than 9,800 candidates in over 5,100 races on VOTE411! And an additional nearly 150 Leagues have had links to their printed guides added to VOTE411. This is an unprecedented level of participation, and we thank all of you for making this important information available to voters in your communities! To supplement all of this wonderful information, in states where the state and local Leagues are not using VOTE411, all candidates down through the State House have now been listed so, at a minimum, voters can find who will be on their ballot. LWVEF did not reach out to the candidates that were listed, we only provided the name, party affiliation and any available contact information for those candidates. If you haven’t done so already, send Megan Brown (email@example.com) your printed voters’ guide and she will add a link to it on VOTE411!
LWV Voter Education Template to Personalize for Your Community
It’s important that voters know about the great offerings your League is providing them through state/local debates and forums, voter guides, and information on VOTE411. Personalize this template to encourage voters to learn more about the candidates running for office and the value of the League resources that help them do so. Submit it as an Op/Ed to your paper, post it on a local media’s community blog, post it on your League’s Facebook page, and/or share with friends.
Do Facts Still Matter? (NEW)
For the League, the answer is obviously YES! Respect for the League’s reputation and work was shared with members from VA, MD and DC. One manager at a DC television station wrote, “We enjoyed meeting you... We work very hard to be thoughtful and accurate with our political coverage, and it’s especially gratifying when organizations like yours acknowledge it.” On Monday, the Denver Post ran this Op/Ed by Kathleen Hall Jamieson supporting the outreach of the Denver League. Cheers to all Leagues that are actively providing and encouraging the media to provide facts for the voters.
Voter Suppression Issues Make Their Way to the U.S. Supreme Court (NEW)
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for voters in Ohio to cast ballots on the three days before Election Day. In Arizona, the Court has agreed to hear arguments related to proof of citizenship and registration.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
Learn How to Increase Your League’s Visibility: Webinar Recording Available (NEW)
Now’s the time to be as visible as possible, and we’ve heard good reviews about the recent LWVUS webinar, Succeeding in the Spotlight, presented by Communications Consultant Michelle Molloy. She provides timely tips for League leaders to be effective spokespersons, building key messaging and media relations skills into your interviews. Go to the Nikki Harris Online Training Library for more recordings of past webinar opportunities presented by LWVUS.
New Brochure to Help Promote Membership in the League
Make sure you’re sharing information about the value of League membership and that it is open to the public as you conduct League events during this election season. LWVUS has redesigned the membership brochure. Leagues may purchase them through the online store at $7.00 per packet of 50. Or, download here.
Updating Information for the ‘Find a Local League’ Section of the Website (NEW)
Information in the ‘Find a Local League’ section of www.lwv.org is gathered from the League information stored in the Online Database. The information is pulled each quarter from the Online Database and loaded onto the site. As you may know, local Leagues are responsible for updating this information in the system or for informing staff of any changes. We thank you for staying attentive to that role and updating the information when it changes. If you do not currently access the online system or do not know how to update the current information, please contact Member Services; if you need a password, one will be provided for you. Reach Member Services at 202-429-1965 or email email@example.com. We’ll be pleased to walk your League through the process of updating the information.
Global Democracy: Second BMENA Preparatory Workshop Yields Consensus on Transparency, the Rule of Law, and Economic Inclusiveness (NEW)
Seventy-eight government officials, private sector and civil society representatives from the Broader Middle East and North Africa (“BMENA”) countries and the G8 countries met in Amman, Jordan, for the Second Preparatory Meeting of the 9th Forum for the Future. The two-day meeting on economic governance focused on developing concrete action plans for improving the rule of law, transparency/public institution integrity, economic inclusiveness and entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and women’s business. Read more here.
New Book: Bringing Citizen Voices to the Table (NEW)
Carolyn Lukensmeyer, longtime League partner on citizen engagement and 2012 LWVUS National Convention speaker, has written a new book that explores the extent to which U.S. citizens are currently engaged in governance and shares seven core strategies for strengthening citizen engagement. She writes, “Our founding fathers had a deep and abiding belief in self-governance: the idea that power ultimately resides in the voices and wisdom of the people. They embedded this belief in our system of representative government.” Read more here and place an order for the book if you wish. Civic activists like the League get a 36 percent discount with the promo code CL252.
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 that 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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