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In This Issue:

February 17, 2011

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: Every Year is Election Year (NEW)
  • Happy 91st Birthday! (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • League Urges House and Senate to Investigate FEC Failure (NEW)
  • ACTION ALERT: Keep Our Air Clean (NEW)
  • League Files Amicus Brief In Opposition to Arizona Proof-of-Citizenship Requirement (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Openness in Government; Global Democracy)

  • Elections: LWVUS Supports State Leagues in Battles against Voter Photo ID (NEW)
  • SAVE THE DATE: Sunshine Week 2011 – A Turnkey Opportunity for Leagues
  • Global Democracy: Legislative Fellows Program in Colombia (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Gear Up for Women’s History Month! (NEW)
  • Request for Your League Story: Share and Receive Free League Buttons! (NEW)
  • On the Nominating Committee? LWVUS Can Help! (NEW)

OTHER

  • Leaving a Legacy

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

At the League, we are especially aware that elections take place somewhere in America every year. After all, we are trusted, known and looked to for our nonpartisan expertise in voter education and voter protection – critical elements in every election, large or small.

This year, at least four states have statewide elections, and countless municipalities are choosing new leaders. Now is the time for Leagues to be thinking about election activities for the coming summer and fall. This is a good time to be establishing criteria for candidate participation in debates and voters' guides. It is also time to be taking stock of the voter service resources available – what expertise exists in your League, what additional training do your League members need or want, and to whom can your League turn in the event of an unexpected issue or challenge? Don’t forget your LWVUS state liaison when questions arise. LWVUS Board members should be your first line of inquiry as to the resources available at the national level.

As you plan your election year activities, remember that registration is the key to voter turnout. Eighty to ninety percent of those registered in 2008 turned out to vote in the presidential election.

And, let’s remember that our election work – including debates, advocating on campaign finance reform, fighting unjust ID requirements, registering new voters and preparing voters’ guides – is important every single year!

Celebrating our 91st year of election work,

Elisabeth

Happy 91st Birthday! (NEW)
On Monday, we celebrated our 91st Birthday with this message and video. Sign our card and like us on Facebook so you can join our community and the conversation.

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ADVOCACY

League Urges House and Senate to Investigate FEC Failure (NEW)
In a letter with coalition partners, the League urged House and Senate committee leaders to investigate and hold hearings on the systemic problems with the Federal Election Commission.

ACTION ALERT: Keep Our Air Clean (NEW)
Take action now! Tell your Representative to oppose any legislation that would block or prevent action to clean up our air and protect the most vulnerable Americans.

League Files Amicus Brief In Opposition to Arizona Proof-of-Citizenship Requirement (NEW)
In an amicus brief, the League asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals not to grant en banc review of a previous decision invalidating the Arizona proof-of-citizenship requirement for voter registration.

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Openness in Government; Global Democracy)

Elections: LWVUS Supports State Leagues in Battles against Voter Photo ID (NEW)
The LWVUS continues to work with national partners and state Leagues across the country to fight back voter photo identification legislation. In addition to the LWVMO testifying before its legislature, the LWVUS and coalition partners sent key legislators in Missouri a letter, urging them to oppose ID legislation. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to track legislation in your state, the National Conference of State Legislators has a great online tool you can use.

SAVE THE DATE: Sunshine Week 2011 – A Turnkey Opportunity for Leagues
On Friday, March 18, 12:00-1:30 PM (ET), the LWVEF again will co-host the Annual Sunshine Week National Dialogue. The event, "The Road Forward on Open Government," will be broadcast live via the web and is a great opportunity for Leagues to gain visibility on a core League issue. State and local Leagues are encouraged to host “viewing parties”– perhaps in conjunction with a local university or law library. Panelists will take questions from the live and viewing audience. To learn more, visit our event partner at www.OpenTheGovernment.org.

Global Democracy: Legislative Fellows Program in Colombia (NEW)
U.S. Legislative Fellows – three League members from the Leagues of Bloomington (IL), Miami (FL) and Montgomery County (MD), a former attorney general from Duluth (MN), and a current officer of the District of Columbia Board of Elections – will travel to Colombia in early March. The trip will include meetings with local and state elected officials, and representatives of NGOs and the U.S. State Department. Learn more about the Legislative Fellows Program here.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Gear Up for Women’s History Month! (NEW)
March is Women’s History Month, and it’s a great opportunity to reach out to your community to get visibility for the League! The LWVUS website has a list of suggested activities to mark this milestone, including fun and informative ways to celebrate and educate. Click here for a list of activities and ideas! 

Request for Your League Story: Share and Receive Free League Buttons! (NEW)
Why did you join the League? Why do you love being a League member? Please help us by submitting your personal League story to the LWVUS Storybank. Your story will help the League reach the hearts and minds of potential members and demonstrate the value of League membership in a more intimate way. Submit your story and receive 10 free League buttons to share with your Board and members (while supplies last)!

On the Nominating Committee? LWVUS Can Help! (NEW)
Don’t forget: there are resources for nominating committees on the LWVUS website, including the Little Green Book…Everything You Need to Know about the Job of the Nominating Committee and a webinar presentation. Access these resources now. Thank you to all those serving on nominating committees for their important work in identifying League leaders!

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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.

"Like" the League on Facebook at www.facebook.com/leagueofwomenvoters
Donate to the League on our Facebook Causes page.

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