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The League of Women Voters
The League Update
May 10, 2018


As Leagues across the country are making sure voters have the tools they need to cast their ballots this primary season, the national office is hard at work making sure Convention delegates have important information they need ahead of the meeting next month in Chicago. This League Update is packed with Convention updates including a new block of hotel rooms, upcoming webinars and more. We are proud to announce in this League Update, the "Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy." Convention Award finalists. Thank you to all of the Leagues who submitted programs for consideration. The staff had so many wonderful submissions to choose from and we are very proud of the finalists in each of the categories. Even if you are not attending Convention, voting is now open so please check out the finalists and cast your vote. I am also proud to announce our Convention guest speaker, Elaine Weiss, author of a new book called The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote. You can read more about Elaine, her book and secure tickets for the Convention banquet in the email below.


Making Democracy Work Campaign

Convention 2018

The 53rd National Convention is June 28-July 1 in Chicago, IL. All available information on the convention can be found here. Please contact with any Convention related questions or concerns.

    Key Documents

    Per our bylaws the following are now available on the League Management site for your review and will be included in the Convention Workbook:

    Resolutions Process for 2018 Convention

    This article lays out the resolution process for Convention 2018. The resolution process will be presented to delegates at LWVUS Convention 2018 as part of the proposed Convention Rules. Resolutions express the will of the Convention body during the time of its convening.

      Hotel Reservations

      • The discounted rate rooms in our room block are sold out and the hotel is unable to add more. You can use our room block link to reserve non-discounted rooms at the Hilton Chicago.
      • We have also reserved a block of rooms a at the Travelodge by Wyndham Downtown Chicago. The hotel is located 2 blocks from the Hilton Chicago and rooms are $199/night.

        Upcoming webinars

        • Budget: Join us on Wednesday, May 30 at 2pm ET. This webinar will discuss the 2018-2020 biennium budget that will be presented and voted on at Convention and provide an opportunity to ask questions of the Budget Committee.
        • Navigating Convention: Join us on Wednesday, June 6 at 2pm ET. Our Convention Parliamentarian will guide us through parliamentary procedure and how to make the most of your plenary experience.
        • If you missed our Convention 101 webinar you can view it here.

          Awards – Voting is Open!

          Applications were reviewed by a panel of LWVUS staff and the finalists are listed below. Click on the category's finalists to read more about the finalists and cast your vote.

          • Strengthening Democracy
          • Community Connection
              o Finalists: LWV of Berkeley Albany Emeryville (CA), LWV of Greater Pittsburgh (PA), LWV of Naperville (IL)
          • Effective Member Engagement and Recruitment
              o Finalists: LWV of Hudson (OH), LWV of Metro St. Louis (MO), LWV of Miami-Dade County (FL)

            Banquet Speaker

            We are thrilled to announce our banquet speaker is Elaine Weiss, author of the recently released book The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote which chronicles the final steps in the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Along with speaking at Convention Elaine will be signing copies of the book afterward. The book will be available at Convention for purchase.

            The banquet is included in your Convention registration fee and we have a limited number of banquet only tickets for sale. If you are traveling with guests that aren't attending the Convention you can purchase these $85 tickets here.

              Host a Viewing Party for our Thursday Evening Program

              Not able to attend Convention but want to participate in our Thursday evening program, A Conversation on Redistricting with Nick Stephanopoulos and Ruth Greenwood? We will be live streaming this program so that all League members can participate in this timely and engaging discussion.

              This event is a great opportunity to host a viewing party for your fellow League members and others who are interested in this topic. Interested members should fill out this survey to receive more information from us on planning and hosting your party.

              High School Voter Registration: New Partnerships to Consider

              We wanted to pass along two important notes related to youth voter registration: 1) Parkland student activists had encouraged every high school in American to host a voter registration drive this year, meaning there may be student groups in your area in need of assistance. 2) LWVUS has forged a partnership with the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS), which represents 70 of the largest urban school districts in the country. CGCS will be encouraging their member school districts to reach out to local League volunteers to help plan and carry out voter registration drives. If you hear from local students or school personnel, we strongly encourage you to prioritize this critical and timely work to empower first-time voters! Our training manual (new edition coming soon!) can help.

News of the Week

Ohio voters approved a ballot issue in Tuesday’s primary to create new rules for drawing congressional districts.This victory is a testament to the hard work of the Ohio League and redistricting reform activists.

In a letter to the editor, the Charleston League highlighted the importance of in the state’s upcoming primary elections.

North Carolina celebrated more women on the ballot in this primary election than ever before, a trend we are seeing nationwide in 2018.


House Holds Hearing on Census Citizenship Question

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on the proposed inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The League commends Chairman Gowdy for demanding DOJ official answer census citizenship questions. Read our blog for more information on the hearing and sign our petition to tell Congress to correct this issue before it is too late.

Webinar Recording on Constitutional Convention

The recording and the PowerPoint presentation for the webinar on understanding the dangers of a constitutional convention are now available. Thank you to all that were able to join us!


Updating your League Page on

The state and local League pages on now connect directly to the member database, so roster managers can make updates, such as correcting League website links, or update the names and contacts of the League leaders. will then update that information every 24 hours. Any questions on updating this information can be directed to

Fourth Quarter PMP Invoices

Fourth quarter PMP invoices will be mailed and made available for download from the LWV National Database on May 11, 2018. Any payments received after May 2, 2018 will not be reflected on the invoice. For any questions or concerns please email Thank you.

New Facebook Requirements for Political Ads

Is your League using paid Facebook advertising to promote VOTE411 or other voter guides? We think that’s great! But starting in June, Facebook is requiring administrators running political or issue ads to complete the following authorization. You will want to start now because this process could take some time. Regular posts to your pages, groups, or events will not change and will not require authorization.

  1. Page admins and ad account admins will need to submit their government-issued ID and provide a residential mailing address for verification at
  2. Facebook will confirm each address by mailing a letter with a unique access code that only the admin's Facebook account can use.
  3. Once authorized, advertisers will have to identify which ad account(s) will be used to run ads.

More details and FAQs about this can be found on Facebook’s website HERE.


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