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The League Update

 

April 9, 2015

Dear Friend,

As a League member in Georgia, I was on pins and needles last Thursday night as the Georgia General Assembly approached the end of the session at midnight. A bill cutting early voting from 21 days to 12 days with no weekend voting opportunities had failed to cross over from one house to the other just a few weeks before, but naturally had been attached to other legislation in the final days of the session.The Georgia League was hard at work through the session to protect voting rights for Georgians and in fact received widespread praise from partner organizations for our leadership. The League and its partners rallied at the Capitol on what turned out to be one of the coldest days of the winter and action alerts were regularly dropping into email boxes of members and supporters throughout the session. But Thursday at midnight the legislature was gaveled out of session and legislators went home without doing further damage to elections in Georgia.

That was not the only good news around the country. In Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe honored his promise to citizens of his state and protected voting rights by vetoing a bill that would have imposed voter photo ID requirements on absentee voters. The Virginia League actively opposed the legislation and sent a letter to the governor urging the veto. In Ohio, Governor John Kasich used his line-item veto to kill a provision that would have required out-of-state college students who registered to vote in Ohio to also obtain an Ohio driver’s license and vehicle registration in order to vote. Coming from a governor who has been supportive of other efforts to suppress the vote in Ohio, this veto was a welcome victory for young voters and a sign to other states that are using similar language to limit student voting.

For 95 years, the League has fought for free, fair and accessible elections. Over the past 10 years as the assault on voting rights has accelerated, the League has been there to meet the challenge. In statehouses and courthouses, we have defeated or delayed numerous efforts to suppress the vote. And in every state, in every election, we work to engage underserved communities by registering voters and providing a trusted source of election information both online and through other media.

The League was founded to finish the fight to protect and empower voters. And although the fight is never finished, battles can and are being won. Thanks to all League leaders, members and supporters who make these victories possible.

In League,

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IN THIS ISSUE:

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Webinar Opportunity: Hosting Events That Attract Younger Audiences (NEW)
  • Next Week is National Volunteer Week (REMINDER)
  • Get Your Leadership Changes into the Database Early (REMINDER)

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

  • Stock up Early: FREE Spanish & English Elections Materials Available (REMINDER)
  • Interested in Registering New Citizens to Vote? (REMINDER)

ADVOCACY

  • Webinar Recording: Putting Together a Local Action Plan (REMINDER)
  • Action Alert: Urge the President to Fully Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline (REMINDER)

OTHER

  • LWV Online Store Closing: Inventory Shrinking, Last Day to Place Order is April 15 (UPDATED)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Webinar Opportunity: Hosting Events That Attract Younger Audiences (NEW)
The Young People’s Board Advisors will host a webinar on April 23 at 7PM ET to discuss hosting events that attract younger members of your community. We will delve into success stories, outline some best practices and hope to hear from you about some of your most successful events for attracting new members. Register for this webinar here.

Next Week is National Volunteer Week (REMINDER)
National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration to honor individuals who dedicate themselves to taking action on a variety of issues in their communities, is April 12-18. This is the perfect opportunity to thank those League members and supporters who add to our success. Use this postcard to send a personal note of thanks, and this press template can be customized to gain visibility for your League while acknowledging the contributions of League members.

Get Your Leadership Changes into the Database Early (REMINDER)
As we get closer to transitioning over to a new database, LWVUS encourages you to update any changes in your League’s leadership as early as you can. All names, officer titles, and information will migrate over to the new system and will allow your League to have an easier transition in the process. Information about how to update leadership information is available here. Questions? Contact membership@lwv.org.

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

Stock up Early: FREE Spanish & English Elections Materials Available (REMINDER)
LWVUS is pleased to offer FREE (just pay for S&H) get-out-the vote materials through April 30. Both the “5 Things” Cards and the “VOTE” brochures are available in Spanish, and the “Vote” brochure also available in English. See the publications and view the full text under “details” for each item here: https://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5950/t//14143/shop/index.jsp?storefront_KEY=204. Order now to take advantage of this FREE offer!

Interested in Registering New Citizens to Vote? (REMINDER)
LWVEF has a handy toolkit to help Leagues conduct effective voter registration at naturalization ceremonies for new citizens. The toolkit, available for free download at http://forum.lwv.org/member-resources/article/naturalization-ceremony-voter-registration-toolkit, includes League-tested strategies for working with officials who host naturalization ceremonies, tips for improving voter registration rates at ceremonies, a customizable media advisory template to help spread the word about your great work, and inspiring success stories from Leagues who are already working to engage new citizens. Now is the time to start thinking about a great naturalization ceremony program ahead of the big 2016 election year!

ADVOCACY

Webinar Recording: Putting Together a Local Action Plan (REMINDER)
The LWVUS Program Planning and Support (PP&S) Committee webinar featuring LWVUS Advocacy Chair Chris Carson and state Leaders outlined the basics of creating a local action plan. The webinar was designed to help Leagues learn and review the basics for creating an advocacy campaign. You can view a recording of the webinar here.

Action Alert: Urge the President to Fully Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline (REMINDER)
President Obama fulfilled his promise to veto legislation approving the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline! The League is proud to stand behind the President’s veto because the pipeline is not in our national interest. But the fight is not over—President Obama and the U.S. State Department must still make a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Thank President Obama for vetoing the pipeline legislation and urge him to reject final approval of the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all!

OTHER

LWV Online Store Closing: Inventory Shrinking, Last Day to Place Order is April 15 (UPDATED)
LWVUS will be closing its online store at the end of April due to low demand for products and publications, and the high cost of maintaining this business. At the same time, we are exploring alternative avenues that will allow LWVUS to offer core organizational publications through more efficient and cost effective means. Stay tuned for future details. With just three weeks left until the store closes, we are offering Leagues and members one last opportunity to get branded LWV items and publications at rock bottom prices. Some items are even FREE (shipping and handling charges apply)! Merchandise is moving quickly so check out what is still available in the online store and act fast. Items available right now include LWV publications “Observing Your Government In Action,” “Membership Brochure,” “Vote” brochure (Spanish & English), and “5 Things you need to know on Election Day cards” (Spanish only). In addition, branded items such as tumblers and tattoos are also available. The last day to place orders is April 15th (easy to remember since it’s Tax Day)! Inquiries should be directed to publications@lwv.org.

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