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In This Issue:

September 23, 2010

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

  • President's Message: On the Road and Blogging! (NEW)

ELECTIONS

  • Join the League's VOTE411.org Registration Challenge! (NEW)
  • Last Minute Barriers to Voting (NEW)
  • Political but Nonpartisan: Watch, Listen and Learn (NEW)
  • Send Us Your Local Debate and Forum Information!
  • Preview the 2010 Democracy Award Application

ADVOCACY

  • DISCLOSE Act Rejected (NEW)
  • Leagues Get Ready for Global Day of Climate Action: 10/10/10 (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Brand the League: Membership Brochures on Sale Now (NEW)
  • What Is Happening to Nationally Recruited Members? (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Global Democracy)

  • Global Democracy: 2011 Civic Hosting Program Opportunities

OTHER

  • 90th Anniversary Items: 50% Off-Sale at League Store (NEW)
  • Leaving a Legacy

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

Dear League Leaders:

The League is blogging!

In last week's message, I noted that I would be traveling to 11 states and reporting to you. Well, I've been traveling in Arizona and Texas since last week. Now I'm in Denver and excited to report that you can find me on my blog. To comment on a topic, click on the topic title or on "Read More" under the blog entry. You can also send the blog via email, twitter, Facebook, My Space and Digg This.

The League launched the blog this week to coincide with my road trip. The blog will focus on other activities over time so stay tuned and visit www.lwv.org often.

On the road and blogging,

Elisabeth

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ELECTIONS
Please note that we have added this special section for the duration of the 2010 election season.

Join the League's VOTE411.org Registration Challenge! (NEW)
With less than two months to go before the midterm elections, the League has launched its VOTE411.org Registration Challenge, underscoring its commitment to ensure every eligible American is registered to vote. An e-card was sent out yesterday. We urge all League members to help reach as many unregistered voters as possible by forwarding the League's message to at least five others.

Last Minute Barriers to Voting (NEW)
Over the past weeks, we have been discussing the issue of "last minute barriers to voting." This week we have been following allegations of a possible barrier that has arisen in Wisconsin where an apparent voter caging scheme became news. What is voter caging? Learn about the activities in Wisconsin here.

Political but Nonpartisan: Watch, Listen and Learn (NEW)
Nonpartisan, balanced and proud of it! LWVUS Board Member Marcia Merrins led a very informative webinar last Friday about how Leagues can be active AND nonpartisan this election season. If you missed it, you can now watch, listen and learn here.

Preview the 2010 Democracy Award Application
As announced previously, Smackdown Your Vote! will recognize Leagues for their contributions in the area of youth engagement, including a cash award. Winning Leagues will implement strategies to engage young people in the elections process and will, in particular, seek new opportunities to partner with youth groups and reach underrepresented groups. Preview the application here. PLEASE NOTE: this is a preview only, and Leagues should submit applications at the conclusion of their Election 2010 activities. Direct any questions to Maggie Duncan (mduncan@lwv.org). The application process will open immediately after Election Day, and award winners will be announced in spring 2011. Need help planning your voters' service work?

Send Us Your Local Debate and Forum Information!
Leagues nationwide are gearing up to sponsor, co-sponsor and/or moderate debates and forums. Whether these events are open to the public, featured online or televised, we would like to give these important events additional exposure on VOTE411.org. Please send information about your activities to Allison O'Flinn, aoflinn@lwv.org, so we can promote your local activities!

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ADVOCACY

DISCLOSE Act Rejected (NEW)
Despite all our efforts, especially the hard work by the LWVs of Maine and Massachusetts, the DISCLOSE Act failed by a 59-39 vote this afternoon. Here is the League's statement. The League worked hard lobbying Senators to support the Act, which would have partially restored transparency to U.S. elections by requiring disclosure of corporate and union spending in candidate elections. The LWV of Maine held an event recently to encourage their Senators to support the bill. The national press and the press in Maine gave the event wide coverage. The League also sent a letter to the full Senate, urging quick action on the bill, and a letter with coalition partners to Senators Snowe and Collins of Maine and Brown of Massachusetts, urging them to support the DISCLOSE Act. We focused on these three Senators, who were crucial votes, but they didn't come through for us. The legislation is expected to be brought to the Senate again in a lame-duck session after the November elections.

Leagues Get Ready for Global Day of Climate Action: 10/10/10 (NEW)
Leagues across the country are busy implementing projects designed to build awareness about climate change and things people can do to help solve the climate crisis. They are joining thousands of communities across the globe in taking part in a day of climate action, October 10, 2010. You can read about some of these League projects here and find out more about the 10/10/10 campaign here. If your League has a 10/10/10 project to share, please send details to toolkit@lwv.org.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Brand the League: Membership Brochures on Sale Now (NEW)
Election season is our most visible time of year and a prime opportunity to recruit new members, who bring more funding, renewed energy and possible new leaders to your League. Be prepared at your League's next election-related event: make sign-in sheets available, have membership ambassadors circulating (and sharing their personal stories), and hand out membership brochures. Purchase your membership brochures at the League store today. Here are more ideas.

What Is Happening to Nationally Recruited Members? (NEW)
As announced earlier, the Nationally Recruited Members (NRMs) program is ending this year. We remind all League leaders that the names of NRMs will be removed from your local League's membership roster on December 31, 2010. Use this busy and highly visible election season to engage these individuals in your local League activities and recruit them to be local League members. Invite them to candidate forums, send them your voters' guide, or ask them to help register voters. The LWVUS has created some template letters to reach out to these individuals and will email links to the templates directly to those Leagues with NRMs on their membership rosters. Questions can be directed to LWVUS Board Member Judy Davis at judithsdavis@gmail.com.

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EDUCATION FUND (Global Democracy)

Global Democracy: 2011 Civic Hosting Program Opportunities
The Global Democracy Program is recruiting local Leagues to host leaders from Eastern Europe and Central Asia through the 2011 Civic Hosting Program. Since 2005, 35 Leagues have hosted nearly 250 visitors from seven different countries. Participating Leagues will receive a pass-through grant and reimbursement for most of the expenses incurred. Leagues will be responsible for organizing an eight-day program that focuses on a specific theme, such as good governance, and arranging for six visitors to stay with host families for the duration of the program. For more details please contact Manuela Campbell at mcampbell@lwv.org.

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OTHER

90th Anniversary Items: 50% Off-Sale at League Store (NEW)
League 90th anniversary items are on sale from October 1 - December 31, 20, just in time for the holidays! Key chain with valet key separator (currently $4.25) on sale at $2.00 with purchase of five or more; Luggage tags ($4.00) on sale for $2.00 with purchase of five or more; Lapel pins ($3.25) on sale for $1.25 with purchase of 12 or more; USB Drive ($15.00) on sale for $8.00 with purchase of five or more.

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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