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The League Update

 

JANUARY 22, 2015

Dear Friend,

If you joined us in playing State of the Union Bingo on Tuesday night, President Obama’s speech may have offered you many chances to yell, “Bingo!” But from the point of view of core League values, the speech left us wanting a bit more. Regardless, it offered us a clear path to setting our own priorities. The President’s vision of middle class economics, a cleaner and healthier planet and protected voting rights cannot become a reality without the core democracy work that is at the heart of all League positions and all League effort.

The League was founded to finish the fight to achieve true self-government. A government of the people, by the people and for the people is essential to the vision that the President articulated Tuesday night. Equality of opportunity can never be achieved as long as government is seen as something separate and apart from the people. Those who believe that government is the problem and not the solution do a great disservice to our democracy as do those who don’t participate at all.

For 95 years the League has fought to better engage citizens with their government. By working for reform of our system of elections, redistricting and financing of campaigns, we have kept the focus on the people as the source of power in the political process. Our tireless effort to engage underserved communities in the electoral process does more to keep government close to the people than any other legislative work we do.

Many have fought so hard for the right to vote, including our own founders, because they knew that without the vote there can be no real equality in this country. Tuesday night, the President reminded us that suppressing the vote of some endangers the rights of all.

Let us begin this New Year with renewed commitment to maintain our focus on what really matters in Making Democracy Work®!

In League,

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IN THIS ISSUE:

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

  • Join VOTE411 in 2015! (NEW)
  • 2015 Election Dates (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • NINE Days Left to Update Your Roster! (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • League Submits Nearly 30,000 Comments to the FEC (NEW)
  • LWVUS Climate Change Toolkit Updated! (REMINDER)

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Miss the State of the Union? Catch Up with Our Storify! (NEW)

OTHER

  • Clearinghouse: State and Local Program Planning? Here’s the Plan (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

Join VOTE411 in 2015! (NEW)
Does your community have any elections in 2015? If so, the New Year brings a new opportunity for your League to create its own online voters’ guide on VOTE411.org! Nearly 1.5 million voters turned to VOTE411 to get their election information in 2014, with Leagues from 30 states creating online voters’ guides to provide information on over 20,000 candidates. 97% Of participating Leagues said they would consider using the program again. If you’re interested in participating in VOTE411 for 2015, please contact Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org) and she’ll help answer your questions and get you started.

2015 Election Dates (NEW)
Does your community have an election scheduled for 2015? LWVEF would like to provide this information on VOTE411 to help inform voters of any upcoming elections in their area! Please send the following information to Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org): election date, location (city, town, county name, etc.), type of election (School Board, City Council, etc.) and any other information voters might need.

GLAD YOU ASKED!

If you have a question for this area, please submit it to kmcfarland@lwv.org.

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To access your League’s database, go to lwv.org and click “Login” in the top right corner. You can also click here to go directly to the login page: https://member.lwv.org/Login.asp. Remember to log in using your League ID and password and not your personal username and password! If you have questions on how to update your roster, download the User Guide for instructions or email Membership@lwv.org.

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

NINE Days Left to Update Your Roster! (NEW)
Don’t forget to update your League’s roster! Summary sheets (the online document that shows your League’s official membership count) are LIVE. Any changes that you make to your members’ records will be reflected on that page. Summary sheets “freeze” on January 31, 2015. The member count listed at that time will become the official membership count for your League for FY2015-16. That number determines the number of voting delegates that your League may send to state Convention 2015 and what your League will be billed for PMP (per member payment) starting in July 2015. Don’t forget that the Roster Challenges are still in effect and your League is still eligible to win prizes. Have questions about updating the database? You can download the User Guide for step-by-step instructions on how to update member and League information. You also can email your questions to Membership@lwv.org. We are here to help.

ADVOCACY

League Submits Nearly 30,000 Comments to the FEC (NEW)
Thanks to your support LWVUS was able to submit nearly 30,000 comments to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in support of stricter disclosure regulations as well as tightening the definition of coordination between candidates and outside groups. Your comments to the FEC underscore that you believe that Americans have a right to know who is funding our nation’s political campaigns in the wake of the 5 year anniversary of the Citizens United decision this week.

LWVUS Climate Change Toolkit Updated! (REMINDER)
The LWVUS Climate Change Toolkit has been updated to include new resources. Visit the toolkit for resources on how you can increase awareness about, and present solutions to, fighting climate change in your own community.

COMMUNICATIONS

Miss the State of the Union? Catch Up with Our Storify! (NEW)
On Tuesday, President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union (SOTU) address. For the third year in a row, we brought you #LWV #SOTU Bingo to up the stakes! Check out our Storify to catch up on the President’s speech and see how our Bingo boards played out. Thanks to everyone who participated!

OTHER

Clearinghouse: State and Local Program Planning? Here’s the Plan (NEW)
With the start of the New Year, many Leagues often focus attention on state and local program planning. Visit the League Clearinghouse, a great resource for program planning, which features League studies in more than 50 subject areas that provide scope and focus of a topic, research methodology, sources consulted, information about positions, and consensus questions. 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: http://clearinghouse.lwv.org

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