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In This Issue:

October 14, 2010

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: Yes, We Are Empowering Voters! (NEW)

ELECTIONS

  • Media Template to Engage Voters Available (NEW)
  • Use Your Poll Worker Experience to Inspire Improvements (NEW)
  • Resources for Military and Overseas Voters (NEW)
  • Holding a Candidates’ Forum? Educate Voters and Empower the League (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Four More States Trained to Recruit New Members, Foster Leadership (NEW)
  • Webinar: Learn How to Become an LWVUS Ruth S. Shur Fellow
  • PMP Statements in the Mail (NEW)
  • Have a New Project? Wonder What Other Leagues Have Done?

ADVOCACY

  • Secret Money Has No Place in U.S. Elections (NEW)
  • Make a Difference on Climate Change (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Redistricting; Global Democracy; Fair Judiciary)

  • Redistricting: “Gerrymandering” Movie Screening Nationwide (NEW)
  • Global Democracy: League Welcomes Fellows from Colombia and Brazil (NEW)
  • Fair Judiciary: "Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary" Campaign Launched in South Carolina (NEW)

OTHER

  • Leaving a Legacy

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leaders:

For nearly a month, I’ve had the rare opportunity to travel around the country and see firsthand the extensive election work that our Leagues are doing. I’ve returned home with an even greater appreciation for our remarkable organization and members!

In every state I have visited, League leaders have driven me to delightful dinners with League members, while schlepping trunk loads of voter guides at the same time. Candidate forums and candidate fairs, covering county races to statewide campaigns for governor and senator, have been in full swing everywhere I have traveled. Multiply that across the entire country, and the League is doing what we do best – arming voters to go to the polls with the best information available.

From October 18 until Election Day, I will be on the road again in Florida, Missouri, North Carolina and Washington, DC. Please continue to follow me and read my blog.

With little more than two weeks left to go, we are almost down to the wire. All I can say is keep up the good work! There is a reason why the League is the most trusted source for information. In this election year as you have in the past, you are proving day-in-and-day-out that the trust is earned with hard work and is well deserved!

Proudly in League,

Elisabeth

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

Media Template to Engage Voters Available (NEW)
Be sure to let the public know about the great League resources available this election season, especially VOTE411.org and your local debates, etc. The LWVUS has created a template that you can customize and share with local media outlets to help educate citizens and get them out to vote.  Please share this piece widely, especially with outlets that speak to traditionally underserved populations. Go beyond the “standard” media outlets in your community. Consider student newspapers, popular radio stations, ethnic media outlets, online publications, etc.

At the Polls: Use Your Experience to Inspire Improvements (NEW)
Many League members work at the polls on Election Day, giving us a unique opportunity to assess the ergonomics of polling places around the country. During your time at the polls, take note of what runs better and use that assessment to build your post-election relationships with local elections officials. As a reminder of the issues that may affect the efficiency of the voting process, this month we are highlighting studies that may help inspire positive changes for the next round. Here is an article on ballot design from the Brennan Center that you may find useful.

Resources for Military and Overseas Voters (NEW)
Do you know anyone who will be living overseas on Election Day?  If so, direct them to VOTE411.org to find the League’s military and overseas voter services. Voters can create a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot, ask questions at the Help Desk and much more. Go to VOTE411.org to see how this resource can facilitate your voters’ service efforts this election season!

Holding a Candidates’ Forum? Educate Voters and Empower the League (NEW)
This election season, don’t just help the community, help the League, too! At your next candidates’ forum, be sure to have the moderator ASK participants to join or support your local League. Find a script for the moderator to use to promote the League here. How much will an “ASK” help build your League? Try it this election season and reap the benefits! And don’t forget to send information about your forums to Allison O'Flinn in advance so we can promote them on VOTE411.org. 

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Four More States Trained to Recruit New Members, Foster Leadership (NEW)
Over the past few weeks, LWVUS Board and staff along with members of the Ruth S. Shur Fellows national coaching program traveled to Tennessee, Wisconsin, Georgia and Nevada to train local and state League leaders in best practices to increase membership, become more visible in their communities and develop new leaders. Cheers to the state and national coaching teams for their help in making the trainings a success!

Webinar: Learn How to Become an LWVUS Ruth S. Shur Fellow
Want to travel to new places to meet other League leaders? Want to become part of a team of dedicated volunteers who help ensure the League will be around for another 90 years? Register for the webinar now and tune in on October 20, 2010, 3:00 pm ET, to learn how to become a Ruth S. Shur Fellow and join a national coaching team that mentors state Leagues – ensuring that they are healthy, vibrant and strong! Applications and background information are posted on our website. Applications must be submitted online by December 1, 2010.

PMP Statements in the Mail (NEW)
FY10-11 PMP statements were mailed to Leagues on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. Thank you for sending your payments in soon! Please DO NOT write any notes to the LWVUS on statements or attach notes to your PMP payment as these documents are not forwarded to the national staff. If you have questions about your PMP statement, please contact Lori Liffrig.

Have a New Project? Wonder What Other Leagues Have Done?
If you missed the notice in last week's Update, the LWVUS Ad Hoc Clearinghouse Committee is exploring the establishment of a website for sharing League study materials, such as study reports, study kits, consensus questions and resulting positions. Please take this short survey to give your input on the information your League would like to see shared. The committee has noticed that some members might be reluctant to complete the survey for their League. Please note that we are not asking for an "official" response and we do value the input of individual members. If you left your form partially completed last week, please go back and complete the survey.

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ADVOCACY

Secret Money Has No Place in U.S. Elections (NEW)
Read Elisabeth's blog post now.

Make a Difference on Climate Change (NEW)
Want an easy way to make a difference for your community, your family and your planet? Thousands of communities across the globe took action on October 10, 2010 – “10/10/10” – to address climate change. We need your continued participation to make sure our voices are heard!

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EDUCATION FUND (Redistricting; Global Democracy; Fair Judiciary)

Redistricting: “Gerrymandering” Movie Screening Nationwide (NEW)
In preparation for next year’s redistricting process, Leagues are encouraged to attend special screenings of a new film, “Gerrymandering,” that is garnering a great deal of attention among activists, lawmakers and citizens nationwide. Invite others to attend as well! Visit the movie website for the schedule of screenings. Keep an eye out for more redistricting resources and suggestions on how Leagues can work to keep the process fair, open and transparent in future Updates.

Global Democracy: League Welcomes Fellows from Colombia and Brazil (NEW)
The national office, together with the LWVs of Miami-Dade (FL), Houston (TX), Wichita (KS), Duluth (MN), McLean County (IL), Montgomery County (MD) and Washington, DC, is excited to welcome the second group of Legislative Fellows from Colombia and Brazil. Thirteen fellows will arrive in Miami for a one-day orientation organized by the Miami-Dade LWV on October 14. They will fly to their host cities the following day and spend three weeks as interns with local elected officials and civil society organizations to gain a better understanding of the U.S. legislative process as well as the important role that civil society plays in that process. The fellows end their visit with three days in Washington, DC, participating in round table discussions with 100 Legislative fellows from all over the world at the 2010 Fellows Congress at the U.S. State Department. For more information, please contact Cristina Atencio or Zaida Arguedas.

Fair Judiciary: "Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary" Campaign Launched in South Carolina (NEW)
The LWV of South Carolina successfully launched its year-long “Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary” education and advocacy campaign on October 8 in Charleston. The conference featured LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara, Brennan Center Counsel Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Justice at Stake President Bert Brandenburg, and state legislators and judges, among others, and attracted well over 200 attendees. See President MacNamara’s blog post, media coverage in The Post and Courier, and photos from the conference and other League activities.

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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 so we can list you as a member of our Carrie Chapman Catt Legacy Society.

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