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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

October 31, 2013

In This Issue:

EDUCATION FUND- - Elections

  • Final Chance to Get the Word out to Voters (NEW)
  • Send us your Printed Voters’ Guides (Last Chance)

ADVOCACY

  • Carbon Pollution: Trick or Treat? (NEW)
  • The $3 Million Question (NEW)
  • League Opposes Attack on Measures to Reduce Carbon Pollution (NEW)
  • EPA to Hold Listening Sessions on Carbon Pollution (UPDATED)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Build the League for our 100th:  Become a National Coach (NEW)
  • #GivingTuesday:  Press Template Available (NEW)

Convention 2014 in DAllas, texas

While LWVUS Board and staff are busily planning the important business of Convention 2014, we hope that attendees are thinking about what lies outside the hotel:  the beautiful city of Dallas.  As you start to think about attending, be sure to build in time to visit the sites of this great Texas city.

Glad You Asked!

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

How do I set up an Education Fund account with LWVEF – and what are the costs of doing so? 

Leagues can set up a free Education Fund account with the State & Local Grants Services program at LWVUS.  This program allows Leagues to solicit and receive tax-deductible, 501(c)(3) funds without the administrative burdens of securing their own tax designation.  To get started, contact grantservices@lwv.org.

Dear Supporter,

We are almost there, Election Day 2013 is just five days away. On November 5th, millions of voters will head to the polls and stand up for what matters most in our communities and our lives. Nationwide, more than 5,500 races and ballot initiatives will be decided this election season. It may not be a presidential election year but there is a lot at stake in this election and the best news for voters is that Leagues around the country are hard at work on their behalf.

Leagues are continuing to educate voters about the candidates and issues on their ballots through voters’ guides, on League websites, including www.VOTE411.org, and by speaking out in the media as part of informational news articles and well-placed op-eds and letters to the editors. Soon you will be turning your attention to get-out-the-vote activities and helping Election Day go smoothly by working at or observing the polls.

Given the prevailing cloud of negativism that surrounds politics and government, we will all need to work even harder this year. Voters who stay home on Election Day are missing the opportunity to take part in building stronger communities and to have a say on the issues that matter most to them. There’s a reason why Lyndon B. Johnson called the vote “the most powerful instrument ever devised by man” and why Carrie Chapman Catt called it “the emblem of our equality.” Voting is the very foundation of our great democracy.

As we head into the final stretch, each of us can do our own get-out-the-vote campaign by reminding those around us to go vote and to help those around us to get the kind of accurate, fact-based information that only the League can provide. These last days before Election Day are an important time for all voters to take advantage of every available opportunity they have to research the issues, get their questions answered and learn about any changes to the elections process in your area. VOTE411.org has the information voters need to make sure they’re ready for Election Day.

As you go about your last minute preparations, remember to send out a press release and letter to the editor, update your Facebook page, call up your neighbors, and make sure your voters’ guide is available in local grocery stores, schools, lobbies and bus stops. This is what the League does best. But voters can only take advantage of the resources if we share them far and wide.

In League together making democracy work,

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Education Fund

Elections

Final Chance to Get the Word out to Voters (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. Plan to make use of VOTE411.org to help address voters’ questions – better yet, mention it on your out-of-office email or phone message! While there is still time, consider sharing a press release with local media (template available here), and follow up with voters you’ve helped register and your social networks to encourage them to participate on Election Day. Get started with our helpful get-out-the-vote communications template. LWVUS will be following this best practice ourselves and will send out a GOTV message to everyone connected to LWVUS on Monday, November 4th.

Send us your Printed Voters’ Guides (Last Chance)
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, this is your LAST CHANCE to send a link or PDF of the voters’ guide to Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org) to post on VOTE411.org for the November 5th election! That way, voters in your area who use VOTE411 for their election information will have access to the voters’ guide in their community. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org).

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Advocacy

Carbon Pollution: Trick or Treat? (NEW)
Stand with the League and tell the EPA that you support the proposal of a groundbreaking regulation to control carbon pollution from new power plants. This proposed regulation is a game changer for the climate – especially because power plants are our single largest source of carbon pollution. Submit your comments to the EPA today in support of this historic regulation.

The $3 Million Question (NEW)
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a case many have dubbed "the next Citizens United." Read our blog recapping the argument and outlining what the future of campaign finance reform could look like once the outcome of this case is revealed.

League Opposes Attack on Measures to Reduce Carbon Pollution (NEW)
The League joined with environmental organizations to ask the U.S. House to reject an effort that would block any chance of limiting carbon pollution from power plants. The effort is led by Representative Whitfield and Senator Manchin and would prevent the nation's biggest polluting industry from reducing pollution that drives climate change. The League is a strong supporter of the EPA's practical plan to cut carbon pollution and opposes this irresponsible pollution agenda.

EPA to Hold Listening Sessions on Carbon Pollution (UPDATED)
There has been an incredible amount of interest and participation from Leagues and League leaders across the country in the Environmental Protection Agency’s listening sessions on reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants. Thank you to all who have presented comments or attended these events! There’s still time to participate in MA, PA, KS, CA, DC, TX, WA and IL. If you plan to speak you will need to register on the EPA website to present comments. Please reach out to Jessica Jones at jjones@lwv.org if you would like additional information.

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Membership & leadership

Build the League for our 100th Birthday:  Become a National Coach (NEW)
Leverage your talents to serve as a national coach or Shur Fellow.  This team of League leaders is committed to the expansion of civic engagement by fostering League growth. If you are looking for a great way to enhance your League experience as an integral part of the Membership & Leadership Development (MLD) program, submit your nomination using this form. Want to know more?  Watch this short video or this in-depth webinar.  You also can find more information on the responsibilities and benefits of being a Shur Fellow on our website.  Applications are due on November 11.  

#GivingTuesday:  Press Template Available (NEW)
This year, the League will partner in the second annual #GivingTuesday campaign on December 3, 2013. In the same way that retail stores come together to offer deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday brings the nonprofit community together to raise awareness about the importance of supporting our valuable mission and work.  Use this press template to raise awareness of this important campaign and financial support for your League’s good work. Additional tips and resources for getting involved can be found in the official #GivingTuesday Communications toolkit.

Donate to the League and support our work.

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