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The League Update

JANUARY 4, 2018

Dear Friend,

Our voting rights experienced a great victory last night, when President Trump (at long, long last) shut down his discredited ‘Election Integrity’ Commission. It is now time for our leaders to focus on the very real work of securing our elections against foreign interference, while making sure all eligible voters are free to exercise their right to vote. We will continue to be vigilant in our mission to empower voters. Find talking points on the dissolution of the Commission here.

Next week the Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), Ohio’s voter purge case. The League filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs last year, stating it’s unreasonable, and therefore unlawful, to infer that a voter moved or is otherwise ineligible to vote from one missed federal election.

Join us online tomorrow, January 5, from 1-2pm ET, for a #ProtectMyVote Twitter Town Hall, hosted by the ACLU and Demos. We’ll be joining in to discuss the case. And, if you are in the DC area on Wednesday, January 10th, please join us for a rally at the Supreme Court from 9:30-11:30am. (If you can’t make it to DC, you can also tune in on Facebook Live that morning!)

With more than a few advocacy events, marches, and rallies coming up early this new year, please remember to utilize our Criteria for League Participation in Marches & Events, which can be found here.

Thank you and happy New Year.


Chris Carson

Countdown to Convention 2018: 6 months to go!

We hope to see you next June in Chicago for Convention 2018! To help you plan we’ve continued to update our website with helpful information and links. Recent updates include
Program Planning Guide
• The process to propose Bylaws Amendments
• The Hardship Request Application

All of the above forms are due by March 1.

Room reservations at the Chicago Hilton are open and we are looking forward to opening Convention registration next month! The Early Bird registration rate is $450.

For more key dates between now and next June, see the full Countdown article, and be sure to read future League Updates for emerging Convention news.

League Participation in the Women's March

As the one-year anniversary of the Women's March approaches the organizers are again arranging events across the country in which Leagues may choose to participate. The Women’s March organizers plan to highlight the events in Nevada on Jan 20th and 21st (Reno and Las Vegas respectively) and we know that LWV Nevada has joined the host committee for those events. Please refer to the Criteria for League Participation in Marches & Events if you have questions about participating on a state or local level. From what we have seen in regard to local marches so far, the Women's March would fall into the second level of engagement:

LWVUS will not participate but other levels of League may. For events that do not rise to the occasion of full League participation but meet a variety of our criteria LWVUS will not coordinate but will welcome state and local participation.

News of the Week

Jessica Jones Capparell joined The Union Edge this week to provide some details about the upcoming Supreme Court case, Husted v. APRI Listen to Tuesday’s segment.
The League of Michigan has joined in the fight against gerrymandering, where they have filed a lawsuit challenging partisan legislative and congressional district maps.
Leagues in Ohio are also fighting for fair maps, where they may soon be seeing two anti-gerrymandering measures on the ballot.

Talking Points for use when Commenting on Clean Power Plan Rollback

The Trump Administration’s plan to roll back the Clean Power Plan, America’s most robust federal greenhouse gas (GHG) policy, will begin moving ahead this year. The proposed rollback will greatly weaken the requirements to curb GHG emissions, taking our nation in the wrong direction on a critically important issue. Comments are being accepted until January 16, 2018. All concerned Leagues and members are urged to submit comments opposing the weakening of this pivotal US climate policy. Please review the talking points and background information developed for this purpose.

Program Planning Materials Now Available

The Program Planning Leaders’ Guide is now available with an introductory letter from LWVUS President Chris Carson. Responses from local and state Leagues and ILOs are due by March 1, 2018. Program planning will culminate with adoption of a program of education and action at Convention 2018 in Chicago, IL. Questions should be directed to Karen Nicholson, Chair of the LWV Education and Advocacy Committee at knicholson@lwv.org.

Roster Updates– Due End of This Month!

All League roster updates are due by January 31st, 2018. Let's celebrate the growth the League has seen in 2017 by ensuring that all new members are counted.
LLWVUS staff is available to assist and can be emailed at rostersupport@lwv.org with any questions. Additionally, you can consult the online manual.
To access your League’s database, visit the login page.

League Assignment Records Changes

Beginning Friday, January 5th, Roster Managers will be able to view a list of changes and updates at the bottom of any of their member's league assignment records.

League Leaders

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