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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

July 11, 2013

In This Issue:

ADVOCACY

  • Support President Obama's Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution (NEW)
  • ACTION ALERT: Immigration Debate Heads to the U.S. House (NEW)
  • Impact on Issues is Now Available! (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND- - Elections

  • Promote your Candidate Debates and Forums on Vote411! (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Women's Equality Day is Six Weeks Away (NEW)
  • Leadership Changes: Update the LWVUS Database (Reminder)

OTHER

  • Share your studies, share our strength in the LWV Clearinghouse! (NEW)
  • Help Ensure the League's Vibrant Future by Supporting the Fund for Local League Growth (Reminder)

Glad You Asked!

This new section of the Leaders' Update is dedicated to providing the information that you want to know.

We will be responding to questions we receive from League leaders across the county. 

If our League wants to take action on federal legislation, that is not the subject of a LWVUS action alert, what is the process that we should use?

Leagues are asked to coordinate any action on federal legislation that is not the subject of a LWVUS action alert with the LWVUS Advocacy team by using the online request form for state and local Leagues. This helps to ensure that the organization is always speaking with one voice and strategically working on our priority issues.  Leagues are asked to use this online form to make inquiries or to directly contact Grassroots Advocacy Manager Jessica Jones at jjones@lwv.org.

Send your question to kmcfarland@lwv.org with “Glad You Asked” in the subject line.

Dear Supporter,

A few weeks ago, we celebrated a big win in the Supreme Court for the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) when the Court rejected Arizona’s proof-of-citizenship requirement to register to vote in Arizona v. ITCA. Popularly known as Motor Voter, the NVRA is a key League accomplishment. A lesser known aspect of the NVRA is the requirement to offer voter registration at social service offices in addition to motor vehicle licensing bureaus and through the mail. Several state Leagues have taken on the fight to fully implement this particular provision by working with their state public assistance agencies. Now, state Leagues have an opportunity to make a real difference for an even larger pool of voters by pushing their state governments to offer voter registration through health care exchanges in their states.

State insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are social service agencies covered by the NVRA. LWVUS has been reaching out to targeted state Leagues to coordinate action at the state level.  In addition, we have recently taken action at the federal level to ensure voter registration is fully offered not only through those exchanges but also those that will be overseen by the federal government.  Insurance exchanges offer a unique opportunity to reach millions of eligible voters, many of whom will represent the underserved populations on which the League focuses its voter registration and education efforts. It is important for all of us to understand the importance of these exchanges not just for the success of the ACA, but also as a unique and critical vehicle for voter registration under the NVRA. This is multi-tasking at its best. Let’s make sure we are getting everything we can from this vital new tool.

If LWVUS reaches out to your state League on this issue, please respond so that we can discuss the complex details of this process and coordinate efforts in a way that best meets our common goals. If your state League has already been working on this issue, please let us know by contacting Elections Program Manager Maggie Duncan (mduncan@lwv.org). While this is a high priority effort for the League, we are specifically not talking about this work in the media and other public venues for a variety of reasons.

In the meantime, I want to personally encourage all Leagues to plan for active and effective voter engagement and registration of new communities for the important upcoming fall elections. Whether that means joining the more than 140 Leagues who have already signed up to host a voter registration drive on National Voter Registration Day (9/24), reaching new audiences through a VOTE411 online voters’ guide, checking in with your local elections officials, or engaging with partners to reach new audiences through your upcoming debates and other events, we all have an important role in Powering the Vote this year and every year. Visit our Voter’s Service section to find a wide range of helpful materials.

In League,
Description: Elisabeth

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Advocacy

Support President Obama's Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution (NEW)
President Obama’s plan to fight climate change is a turning point in the fight against climate change. After months of calling on the President to move forward with life-saving measures to protect our children, our nation and the world from the damaging effects of climate change, the League was proud to stand by while he announced his plan to cut carbon pollution. Join us and support the President as he moves ahead to fulfill his commitment to people, not polluters.

ACTION ALERT: Immigration Debate Heads to the U.S. House (NEW)
After vigorous argument from both sides of the aisle on a path to citizenship for current immigrants, border security and other contentious issues the debate over comprehensive immigration reform now moves to the U.S. House. Tell your Representative you support comprehensive immigration reform.

Impact on Issues is Now Available! (NEW)
Impact on Issues:  2012-2014 is now available for purchase, viewing or downloading online. Each League was recently sent a complimentary copy but you may purchase additional copies at a cost of $9.00 each, plus shipping. This publication, which includes LWVUS public policy positions and achievements made between January 2011 and December 2012, is designed to help League leaders use LWVUS public policy positions effectively at the state and local levels. Impact on Issues: 2012-2014 includes three new LWVUS positions: Federal Role in Public Education, Privatization, and Sentencing Policy.  As a reminder, there is now an online form on the LWVUS website for state and local Leagues wishing to take action using LWVUS positions.The form can be found on the Forms, Tool & Applications page of the Advocacy section of the Members area of the League’s website.

Education Fund

Elections

Promote your Candidate Debates and Forums on VOTE411! (NEW)
With the busy fall election season fast approaching, Leagues around the country are busy organizing candidate debates and forums. Promoting your events on VOTE411 can help spread the word about these events to voters in your communities. If you have any upcoming candidate debates or forums and would like us to post the information on VOTE411, please send the following information to Sophie Tarazi (starazi@lwv.org): event title, offices covered, date, time, location (venue name and address) and any other information voters might need. Enter “debates and forums” into the subject line.

Membership & Leadership

Women’s Equality Day is Six Weeks Away (NEW)
August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Don’t let this important milestone pass by without generating some visibility for your League! Look at these ideas about how to mark this important day.

Leadership Changes: Update the LWVUS Database (Reminder)
Please don’t forget to update any changes in your League’s leadership in the member database. It is critical that all records are up to date so that your League receives all messages from LWVUS. If you need assistance, please contact Betty Taira.

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OTHER

Share your studies, share our strength in the  LWV Clearinghouse! (NEW)
Has your League wondered if another League has done a study on a certain topic?  Have you produced a study you would like to share with other Leagues? The LWV Clearinghouse is the perfect place to find studies and share your own.The Clearinghouse is organized by positions and provides information about studies and ways to contact Leagues for more information. Just a click away: http://clearinghouse.lwv.org.

Help Ensure the League’s Vibrant Future by Supporting the Fund for Local League Growth (REMINDER)
“I wouldn’t trade my League experience for anything!” It’s always the right time to reflect on the personal gifts the League has given to you and consider making a gift to the Fund for Local League Growth (FLLG). As this quote reminds us, League is an experience like no other! The FLLG is a special fund that solely supports local League growth and vitality through the Membership and Leadership Development program. Member contributions to the FLLG are critical to the long-term success of the Membership and Leadership Development program.

Please, donate to the Fund for Local League Growth!

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