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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

November 1, 2012

In This Issue:

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

  • POWER THE VOTE: This Week’s Challenge Activity – FINAL PUSH! (NEW)

ELECTIONS

  • Do You and Your Friends Know Where to Vote? (NEW)
  • Hurricane Sandy and the Election (NEW)
  • Election Day Op-ed Template - "Connect and Elect"
  • Take Control this Election – Commit to Vote!

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Customizable LWV Brochure and Inserts Available Online

EDUCATION FUND

  • LWVUS Board Adopts Tentative Scope for Agriculture Update (NEW)

OTHER

  • League October Newsletter Online (NEW)
  • Do You Need to Update Your Will?

Dear Supporter,

In the process of recovering from Hurricane Sandy's impact on the states in its path this week, elections officials in some of the affected states are already busy taking steps to help voters, extending deadlines in some cases. Also, there is some good news from other parts of the country. Proving that state legislators can’t keep a good idea down, early voting is as popular as ever this year. Over 19 million Americans voted early in 2010.

This week, in Georgia, alone, early voting reached the 1.1 million mark, with three days to go! Georgia, you may recall, is one of the states which successfully cut back on early voting following the 2008 election. In fact, advance voting and no-excuse, in-person absentee voting times were cut in half. But Georgia voters have not been deterred. Neither have voters in Florida where churches in many communities assisted their flocks to flock to the polls on one of the two Sundays before Election Day when early voting has been restored.

Regardless of speculation as to which party or candidate this early turn out benefits, there is no question that early voting is good for the democratic process. Elections are about voters and as we head into the final countdown to Election 2012, let us each commit to remind everyone we meet to go and vote.

Who better than the League not just to encourage every eligible voter to turn out this year, but to make sure that voters have the facts they need to do so? While we can’t change the weather, we can continue to change the atmosphere in which voters are going to the polls by clearing the air of misleading information. With just a few days remaining, there is still much to do and plenty of opportunities to power the vote.

In League together making democracy work,

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PRESIDENT'S CORNER

POWER THE VOTE: This Week’s Challenge Activity – FINAL PUSH! (NEW)
This is our final chance to get voters ready for Election Day! Make sure your League phone line and email are well-attended to on the days leading up to and on Election Day. If needed, consider a phone tree or other way to make sure voters can be responded to efficiently. Plan to make use of VOTE411.org and the 1-866-OUR-VOTE national hotline to help address voters’ questions – better yet, mention these resources on your out-of-office email or phone message! Both are powerful voter protection tools that can provide trustworthy information for voters about their rights. While there is still time, consider sharing a press release with local media (template available here), and consider following up with voters you helped register to encourage them to participate on Election Day. Get started with our helpful get-out-the-vote communications.

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ELECTIONS

Do You and Your Friends Know Where to Vote? (NEW)
LWVUS posted a blog today encouraging everyone to prepare for voting by using www.VOTE411.org to find their polling places and other valuable election information. Please share it with your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues, and on your social networks.  The personal ask helps get people to act and vote!

Hurricane Sandy and the Election (New)
As many head back to work and the routine of their daily lives following Hurricane Sandy, some are asking about the impact of this deadly storm on next week’s elections. We have pulled together a quick primer on what steps elections officials in some of the affected states are taking to help voters

Election Day Op-ed Template - "Connect and Elect"
Personalize this Op-ed template to urge all voters in your community to cast their votes. Remind the public that we all vote to take control of what matters most to us: our education and healthcare, the economy, our children, our parents and our environment.  Use this as an Op-ed for your local newspaper, repurpose as a blog posting or comment where the public goes to get their information in your community. Make that final visible push to get everyone out to vote!

Take Control this Election – Commit to Vote
Hopefully you received last week’s email asking our supporters to commit to vote this election. We know that we don’t need to worry about our members turning out to vote, but we hope you’ll push out the associated action (we’ve created this short URL: http://www.lwv.org/go/commit2vote), and share this image with your networks through your social media channels (both organizational and personal). A recent study showed that social media can have a positive impact on voter turnout – your friends are more likely to turn out when they know that you’ll be turning out.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Customizable LWV Brochure and Inserts Available Online
Include your local League’s upcoming events, contact information, and priority issues as part of the LWV membership brochure! Customize and print these inserts to include inside the professionally-printed membership brochures or customize the brochure directly and print. Brochures are available for purchase through the online store at $7.00 per packet of 50 or for download.

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EDUCATION FUND

LWVUS Board Adopts Tentative Scope for Agriculture Update (NEW)
The LWVUS Board has named the study passed by Convention 2012 as the Agriculture Update. Subject to review and recommendation by the Update Committee, the Board also adopted this scope for the update: “The Agriculture Update will focus narrowly on (1) current technology issues in agriculture including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, sustainable farming, agriculture water pollution, aquifer depletion, antibiotics in livestock, and accurate food labeling; and (2) current agriculture finance issues including consolidation in agriculture industries, crop subsidies and the federal agricultural regulatory process.” Further information and an online committee application form will be announced in subsequent Leaders' Updates.

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OTHER

League October Newsletter Online (NEW)
Read the October E-Voice.

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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