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The League Voice Newsletter

October 2010

Counting down with 2 days to Election Day, November 2, the League of Women Voters is answering voters' questions and empowering them in myriad ways! The League has been active in the field for months preparing voters – young and not-so-young, newly registered and long-time, absentee and overseas – for the big day. Our one-stop-shop election website, Vote411.org, is prepared to provide assistance now (voter guides and more) and on Election Day (your ballot, polling place locator). With so much at stake this election, there has never been a more important moment for people like you and me to inspire other citizens to get involved. In fact, what happens on November 2 will impact America's direction for the next 10 years.  In anticipation of this election, I've been on the road meeting with Leagues, elections officials and the public across the country.  I am proud of the important nonpartisan contributions that League members continue to make to the elections in their communities - work that has earned us much respect and trust. You will see our members working hard for voters in your communities. And, I've been doing something new – blogging for the League – so follow me!

Elisabeth MacNamara, LWVUS President
Elisabeth MacNamara
President, LWVUS

Focus on Election 2010

VOTE411.org: The League's premier nonpartisan elections website VOTE411.org is the go-to place online for election information.  VOTE411 features an online national polling place locator as well as information for military and overseas voters and voters' guides for more than 2,100 races and 4,200 candidates in 21 states! Already we have had nearly 600,000 site visits and nearly 5 million page views!  Share this website with everyone you know and encourage them to get out and vote on November 2nd.

Your Vote is Your Voice!: The countdown to Election Day 2010 is on and the League had been doing all we can to ensure that every eligible voter casts a ballot during this year's pivotal election.  There has never been a more important moment for citizens like you and me to inspire others to cast a ballot.  No matter the outcome, this election will determine the future of this country and impact the lives of every single one of us. Get informed. Go vote.  Make sure you spread the word to your family and friends about the importance of this election.

The League Makes News during Election 2010:  The League has remained in the news throughout this election season discussing voter registration, voter education and showcasing our premier elections website, VOTE411.org. Read the coverage here.

Young Voters in Election 2010 and Beyond:  League volunteers for our 2010 High School Registration Project have been working in five states to encourage young people to register to vote and get engaged in the political process. Check out and share this first-hand account from one of our young Houston volunteers.  And the League hosted a fascinating discussion this week about young voters and their engagement in politics and civic life. Panelists representing the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, the Pew Research Center and the Student Association for Voter Empowerment participated in the event. Watch the Video.

The League and American Express Join Forces to Help America Vote: The League of Women Voters Education Fund is pleased to work with American Express again this year to support local League voter engagement work in five communities: Broward County (FL), Greensboro (NC), New York City (NY), Phoenix (AZ) and Salt Lake City (UT).  Thousands of voters in these communities have been empowered through this collaboration.

Stop Secret Money

Recently, the League released a statement, calling for TV and radio to refuse political advertising funded with secret money and for political candidates to repudiate campaign ads coming from front groups and organizations that fail to disclose their big donors. See media reaction. Read President MacNamara's earlier blog post.  Read Letters to the Editor from Leagues around the country.

Make a Difference on Climate Change

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 we are heard!

Quest For a More Diverse Judiciary

Our “Safeguarding Democracy: Quest for a more Diverse Judiciary” program recently garnered impressive media attention in Kansas and South Carolina. The October 8 program launch in South Carolina put the League in the spotlight with "League Looks to Diversify Courts" and a public radio interview of Professor Constance Anastopoulo, a longtime LWV of South Carolina member.

League Hosts Legislative Fellows From Brazil and Colombia

Through its Global Democracy program, the LWV of the U.S. and the LWV of Miami-Dade County welcomed 13 fellows from Brazil and Colombia with events in Miami, FL.  The fellows are now with their host Leagues for three weeks, interning with local elected officials and civil society organizations. They end their visit in Washington, DC, with round table discussions at the 2010 Fellows Congress at the U.S. State Department. Read more and view photos here.

National League Provides Local Leadership Training

In the past five weeks, the League has provided leadership training to the organization's grassroots leaders in five states (GA, KY, NV, TN and WI).  These fall trainings and others held this past summer focused on membership recruitment, community outreach and leadership development and were funded by the Leaders for Leadership Fund. Learn more. More on the Shur Fellows is here.

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