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The League Update

July 10, 2014

Dear Friend,

Election Day 2014 is fast approaching and the direction of our country hangs in the balance of the many elections happening on and before November 4. It is never too early to start getting ready for Election Day - and a key step for Leagues is helping get eligible voters in your communities registered to vote. Be sure to take advantage of every opportunity to get your community ready for Election Day.

It was great to see so many Leagues using Independence Day as an occasion to encourage your fellow citizens to visit VOTE411.org and register to vote. We could not be more proud of the approximately 40 volunteer League of Women Voters teams in 14 states that participated in our 2014 High School and Community College Voter Registration Project this spring. Since 2010, the League’s High School Voter Registration Project has empowered League volunteers in dozens of communities to encourage young Americans to participate in our political process by holding voter registration drives at local high schools, community colleges and vocational schools. You can also help the League once again be the #1 on-the-ground partner for National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). We only need another 200 Leagues to sign up in order to reach this goal! Sign up as a partner at www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org.

Voter education is a key part of our work preparing voters for each and every Election Day. Join the VOTE411 Voters’ Guide team in 2014. This year we already have Leagues from 30 states and nearly 60% more visitors to VOTE411.org as compared to 2010.

Election Day is the one day when all Americans are equal. Thank you for Making Democracy Work® during this important election year and for your commitment to making sure all eligible citizens are registered to vote, and that through VOTE411.org, voters have the information they need to participate in elections and have their vote counted.

In League,

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League Leaders:
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In This Issue:

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

  • Sign up as a National Voter Registration Day partner by 8/15 to receive free materials (NEW)
  • LWVNC Lawsuit Asks Court to Halt Implementation of Voter Suppression Law (NEW)
  • Voter registration webinar trainings coming soon (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Young People and the League: Where do we go from here? (NEW)
  • Share How Your League was Visible This July 4th (NEW)
  • Organizational Development Resources from Convention 2014 Online (REMINDER)

ADVOCACY

  • League Supports Action on DISCLOSE Act of 2014 (NEW)
  • League Disappointed by Decision in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell (NEW)
  • VRAA moves forward in the U.S. Senate (UPDATED)
  • EPA to Hold Public Hearings on New Carbon Regulation (REMINDER)

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

Sign up as a National Voter Registration Day partner by 8/15 to receive free materials (NEW)
Leagues who sign up as an official partner of National Voter Registration Day 2014 before August 15th will be guaranteed to receive the first batch of FREE posters and stickers available this year. We need nearly 200 more Leagues to sign up in order to reach our goal of remaining the #1 on-the-ground partner in this national celebration of democracy! Sign up as a partner at www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org. While you’re there be sure to check out the brand new website features and downloadable tools for participating partners.

LWVNC Lawsuit Asks Court to Halt Implementation of Voter Suppression Law (NEW)
North Carolina, a state with a history of voter discrimination against African-Americans, passed a law last year that requires voters to present photo identification and eliminates same-day voter registration (among other restrictions). This law is the most anti-voter law passed in the country in recent history. LWVNC is fighting to stop these new restrictions from being implemented through their lawsuit: League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Howard. This week LWVNC asked a judge to temporarily reinstate same-day voter registration, the longer early-voting period and allow 16 and 17 year-olds to pre-register to vote.

Voter registration webinar trainings coming soon (NEW)
Want a refresher course on voter registration best practices? Have new volunteers who would benefit from hearing about all the kinds of voter registration activities undertaken by Leagues across the country? Looking for ideas on maximizing visibility for your League during the upcoming election season? Join us for a FREE voter registration webinar training on either Friday, August 15 at 2pm EDT or Thursday, September 4 at 4pm EDT

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Glad You Asked!

I wasn’t able to attend convention in Dallas. How do I know what happened?

The Convention section of the members area of the website has a wealth of information from Dallas, including the Daily Action reports, training materials, President’s address and more.

If you have any additional questions, please contact membership@lwv.org

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Young People and the League: Where do we go from here? (NEW)
As the Young People’s Task Force (YPTF) prepares to turn over their work to the newly appointed Young People’s Board Advisors (YPBA) many of you may be wondering what’s next? The YPTF Co-chairs and the YPBAs created this webinar to introduce the YPTF toolkit, discuss other available resources and ask for feedback from you on what your League would like to see in the future to aid in the recruitment of young League leaders. You can view the entire recorded webinar online.

Share How Your League was Visible This July 4th (NEW)
Did your League register voters over July 4th? March in a parade? Take part in a community festival? If so, let other Leagues know! Instructions for getting started on the Forums are available online.

Organizational Development Resources from Convention 2014 Online (REMINDER)
All of the resources from the trainings on Membership and Organizational Development are now posted on the website. These are great resources for delegates who attended Convention 2014 and wanted to reference specific PowerPoints or for League leaders who want to share handouts with members who could not make it to Dallas this year!

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ADVOCACY

League Supports Action on DISCLOSE Act of 2014 (NEW)
The League sent a letter to the U.S. Senate in support of quick action to enact the DISCLOSE Act of 2014. The League also joined a letter with other reform groups in support of action on the DISCLOSE Act. The DISCLOSE Act would ensure that voters know the identity of donors who have been secretly financing campaign expenditures in federal elections. Members of the LWVUS Lobby Corps will also be visiting Senate offices to discuss the legislation.

League Disappointed by Decision in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell (NEW)
On June 30, the Supreme Court delivered its decision in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell. The decision “dealt a serious blow to women’s right to equal health care in America.” Please see the LWVUS press release on this case for additional reaction from the League.

VRAA moves forward in the U.S. Senate (UPDATED)
On the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to gut the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, the Senate Judiciary Committee finally held a hearing on the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA). This hearing in the Senate is the first step to ensuring voting rights are protected but we also need to keep the pressure on the U.S. House. Tell your Representative to move forward on voting rights. Use this press release template and template letter to the editor in your own communities to build support for voting rights!

EPA to Hold Public Hearings on New Carbon Regulation (REMINDER)
During the week of July 28, the EPA will hold public hearings in Pittsburgh, Denver, Atlanta and Washington, DC to gather feedback on the recently proposed regulations of carbon pollution from power plants. League members in these cities can sign up to provide testimony on these new regulations on the EPA’s website. League members who cannot attend the hearings should submit a comment to the EPA in support of these regulations.

League Clearinghouse--open 24/7

Always open, always ready for your reference or input. Visit the League Clearinghouse--the great resource that features League studies in more than 50 subject areas. The Clearinghouse provides scope and focus of a topic, research methodology, sources consulted, information about positions, and consensus questions.

Studies completed? Post them to the Clearinghouse to benefit other Leagues.


Note: the Clearinghouse accepts positions without studies, even as multi-position documents, if they are accompanied by a single submission form. The description section could have "Resulting Position:" and the position statement or a link to the position. Complete studies are preferred, and Leagues may add study documents at a later date. Share your studies! Share our strength! Just a click away!

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