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In This Issue:

September 2, 2010

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

  • President's Message: Election 2010 Alert (NEW)
  • Heads Up on Redistricting! (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • League Submits Testimony to Election Assistance Commission (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Global Democracy)

  • Elections: PAVP August Focus Review - Nurturing Relationships with Local Elections Officials (NEW)
  • Elections: Order the 2010 VIP and Smackdown Your Vote! T-shirts for Your Voter Education Events
  • Global Democracy: Celebrating the League's 90th Anniversary (NEW)
  • 2010 National Conference on Citizenship: Can't Attend? Watch it Live! (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Gain Visibility for Your League this Constitution Day! (New)
  • LWVUS Welcomes New Leagues (NEW)
  • National Webinar on Voters Service Just 2 Weeks Away - Register Today!

COMMUNICATIONS

  • August LeaguE-Voice (NEW)
  • Tell Us Your Poll Worker Story
  • Leaders' Update Survey Closes September 10!

OTHER

  • Leaving a Legacy

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

Dear League Leaders:

August was a great month full of lots of opportunities to celebrate the League's history and legacy and to raise awareness of our ongoing issues, especially D.C. voting rights. But there is no rest for the civic activist, and we need to turn our full attention to the upcoming election.

As registration deadlines approach all over the country we need to be on alert for efforts to suppress voter turnout. It may seem like a good idea that states are moving to online registration. However, the systems states have designed tend to require a driver's license as part of the process, and research has shown us that young Americans lack drivers' licenses in higher numbers than other segments of the population. Hence, this reform has the potential to disproportionately impact young people, a group for which the voter registration and turnout numbers is already dismal. Several states, following the lead of my own state, Georgia, are also looking to require proof of citizenship from some voters. The League has always spoken out against such efforts and works tirelessly to ensure access to the ballot for all eligible voters.

So, as you plan your voter registration drives and your election work this fall, be cognizant of the communities most in need of assistance and a voice that will stand up on their behalf. Take advantage of the LWVUS Public Advocacy for Voter Protection (PAVP) Project resources here, and keep up your great work!

In League,

Elisabeth

Heads Up on Redistricting! (NEW)
We ask League leaders, especially state League leaders, to start thinking about what your League can do during the redistricting process that will start in the states in early 2011. Please keep an eye out for helpful materials from the LWVUS this fall.

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ADVOCACY

League Submits Testimony to Election Assistance Commission (NEW)
The League and other organizations submitted written testimony to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) providing a set of recommendations for ongoing implementation of the reporting requirements of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993.

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Global Democracy)

Elections: PAVP August Focus Review - Nurturing Relationships with Local Elections Officials (NEW)
Meeting with your local elections officials (LEOs) is a great way to: (1) nurture and grow your relationship; (2) identify issues that may create problems before Election Day; (3) help you identify patterns or areas of concern in the state/county; and (4) identify ways you can assist your LEOs. Here are the tools we shared with you in August to help you prepare for successful meetings with LEOs: an easy to read guide on the NVRA produced by the U.S. Department of Justice; a 3.5 minute video on polling place management produced by the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission; and an example of a post LEO meeting report, which compiles useful information the LWV of Ohio garnered through local League meetings with LEOs. This is a great example of how useful the data and relationship building can be. Of course, you will want to tailor your questions to reflect the issues pertinent to your state. Here is an additional list of questions you may find useful.

Elections: Order the 2010 VIP and Smackdown Your Vote! T-shirts for Voter Education Events
The 2010 18-30 Voter Issues Paper (VIP) is now available for purchase at the League's online store. At just $1 per package of 50, this informative and thought-provoking publication is a must-have for Leagues conducting youth outreach and registration this election season. Order yours online today or download it for free. Also as part of the 2010 Smackdown Your Vote! campaign, the LWVUS has two different T-shirt designs available for Leagues to purchase. Each design comes in four sizes, prices range from $2 to $6/per t-shirt and they are available as a regular-T or a baby-T. See the various designs and learn more about pricing, etc. here.

Global Democracy: Celebrating the League's 90th Anniversary (NEW)
The Global Democracy Program continues to celebrate the League's 90th Anniversary around the world. LWVUS Deputy Executive Director Zaida Arguedas just returned from Azerbaijan, where she, together with former League President Kay Maxwell and former National Board Member Xandra Kayden, took part in a conference on women's participation in electoral activities. Next week, Arguedas and Global Democracy Specialist Cristina Atencio will travel to Colombia with a delegation of U.S. Legislative Fellows in an ongoing program sponsored by the U.S. State Department, "Connecting Future Legislators with Civil Society: Brazil and Colombia." In mid-September, Arguedas will travel to Madagascar for a program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo. She will lead a series of dialogues and workshops with 25 young leaders, focusing on increasing political and civic engagement in youth. Learn more about the League's worldwide celebrations this year.

2010 National Conference on Citizenship: Can't Attend? Watch it Live! (NEW)
League members have once again been invited to register to attend the Annual National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) on Constitution Day, September 17, at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Guest speakers include Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, TIME Magazine Managing Editor Rick Stengel and more. Can't attend in person? Watch the conference and send in your own questions and comments live at NCoC.net/live.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Gain Visibility for Your League this Constitution Day! (New)
September 17 marks the 223rd anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. Use this press template to gain visibility for your League and share your voters service work with your community.

LWVUS Welcomes New Leagues (NEW)
Join us in welcoming the newly-formed LWV of Ft. Wayne Area (LWVFWA), IN, and LWV of Warren County (LWVWC), NY, to the League community! Both Leagues were recognized by the LWVUS Board in August and have held many successful and informative events already. The LWVFWA co-sponsored a monthly women's film series with a local high school. The LWVWC hosted a series of educational programs on topics from school boards to open government. Cheers to our new Leagues and special thanks to the LWVs of Indiana and New York for their mentoring!

National Webinar on Voters Service Just 2 Weeks Away - Register Today!
Nonpartisan, balanced and proud of it! If you are interested in learning or participating in a refresher which will share best practices in voters service work done with respect to League principles, please join us. If you also want ideas on how to run successful voters service events while building the League, this webinar will help you maximize these opportunities. Please register for this session here.

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COMMUNICATIONS

August LeaguE-Voice (NEW)
Read about our latest work in our August newsletter.

Tell Us Your Poll Worker Story
Have you volunteered as a poll worker in a past election? The Communications Department is interested in hearing your story. Contact Kelly Ceballos at kceballos@lwv.org if you are interested in being profiled for an e-engagement email on poll workers this fall.

Leaders' Update Survey Closes September 10!
In our effort to continue improving communication with League Leaders and members, we ask you to complete this user survey by September 10. Our work on improving the content and delivery of the weekly Leaders' Update requires your valuable input. Thank you for your help.

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OTHER

Leaving a Legacy
Including the League of Women Voters Education Fund in your will is among the easiest ways to offer support of the LWVEF's work for years to come. We suggest the following language to include the League as a beneficiary of a will or trust: " I give, devise, and bequeath to the League of Women Voters Education Fund, a charitable organization formed in the District of Columbia, with offices at 1730 M Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, {the sum of $___ } {___ percentage of my residuary estate}." If you already have a will, you can have your attorney add a codicil to include the LWVEF. After you've added the League, please contact Lauren Frank, at lfrank@lwv.org, so that we can list you as a member of our Carrie Chapman Catt Legacy Society.

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