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The League of Women Voters
The League Update
AUGUST 30, 2018


With just a month left to go before National Voter Registration Day, we hope you’ll sign your League up as a partner if you’ve not already done so. We want to continue our record as the largest on-the-ground partner for NVRD, hosting hundreds of League voter registration drives and empowering tens of thousands of voters on a single day.

As you are engaging with students at registration events this election season, it's a great time to let them know about student membership in the League. Earlier this year, the national office waived the Student PMP rate and many state and local Leagues have waived or reduced their student membership dues. Please see the membership section in this newsletter below for updates on the pilot program. 

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!


Making Democracy Work Campaign

Question Guide for Elections Officials Meetings

Are you meeting with your state or local elections officials to prepare for elections this year? Use our handy question guide to get the most out of your meeting and ensure voters in your community have a successful experience. The guide includes sample questions relating to a number of League priority issues within election administration.

Sample Debate/Voters’ Guide Questions and Policies

LWVEF is happy to provide suggested questions for your debates, forums and voters’ guides, relevant to the pressing issues in voters’ minds this election year. Find the sample questions here. It’s also a good time to revisit your policies for voters’ guides and debates. See our debates and forums FAQ and helpful tips for what to do if candidates refuse to participate in your efforts.

NEW Voter Registration Training Webinar and Overview of Available Resources

Thanks to all who joined our voter registration training webinar this week! A recording of the webinar is now available, along with a list of our latest and greatest resources for helping you carry out effective voter registration drives this fall.

Reminder: Promote your Candidate Debates and Forums on VOTE411!

Does your League have any candidate debates or forums coming up in 2018? Promoting your events on VOTE411 can help spread the word to voters in your communities. If you have any upcoming candidate debates or forums and would like us to post the information on VOTE411, please send the following information to Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org): event title, offices covered, date, time, location (venue name and address) and any other information voters might need.

VOTE411 Volunteer Corps!

Are you interested in helping improve the VOTE411.org voter education tool to help serve more voters? If so please contact Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org) to learn more about the opportunities available. No VOTE411 voters’ guide experience required.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Still Fighting for Equality at the Polls

This past Sunday we celebrated Women’s Equality Day, remembering that even after the 19th Amendment became law, women of color and poor women continue to face barriers at the polls. Last week all eyes were glued to Randolph County, Georgia, where the board of elections was considering a proposal to close the majority of polling places in the predominately black district. While the board of elections ultimately decided to keep all of the polling places open, it never should have been an issue.  

These are important reminders that we need to restore the Voting Rights Act to protect all voters at the polls. We will be on the lookout for issues related to voter intimidation, shortened polling hours and other tactics aimed at communities of color.  

Senator McCain’s Legacy of Inclusion

This week we remember the late Senator John McCain for his bipartisan work on campaign finance reform as a political maverick, but also for his leadership rejecting racism and bigotry on the 2008 campaign trail. It was a testament to his character and his commitment to American democracy.  Read our full statement here.  

New York Times: Gender Letter Newsletter

A few weeks ago we shared Race/Related, a weekly New York Times newsletter exploring race, identity, and culture. If you haven’t checked it out, we encourage you to subscribe. The Times also publishes Gender Letter, exploring women, gender, and pop culture.  

News of the Week

"Hi. I voted." Learn more about how an Austin ad agency has teamed up with LWV of Texas on a get out the vote campaign.

Today the Virginia General Assembly will convene in a special session to redraw eleven House of Delegates districts that a three-judge panel deemed in June were an unconstitutional racial gerrymander.

In a victory for NC Voters, this week a judge panel reaffirmed the state’s congressional map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.


Wellstone Series Continues with NEW September Topic

We will continue the LWVUS/Wellstone training series covering Integrated Voter Engagement—a training that shows participants how to run campaigns that help build a bigger base in ways that empower communities and grows new leaders within state and local Leagues. This training is ideal for anyone charged with interacting with new engagers and supporters (Communications staff, Recruitment, etc.), local League leaders who have an interest in learning better ways of engaging/messaging in new communities, and executive board members who seek to identify and recruit strong leaders and next generation of leaders to your ranks! Space is limited so sign up early! 

September 13: 12pm–1:15pm ET (RSVP here)

September 18: 6pm–7:15 pm ET (RSVP here

Please note, we have moved our September 18 training up an hour in observance of Yom Kippur. 

If you cannot attend, this training will be recorded and available shortly after the final presentation of each topic. If you have questions, feel free to let me know. RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW! 

August LWV/Wellstone Training Recording Link and Survey

Thanks to everyone who was able to join a session of the August Webinar series on Basebuilding and Campaigns! If you would like to view the presentation again or if you missed it you can view a recording of the webinar here (password: LWV2018). If you attended one of the live webinars, please fill out this survey with your feedback. Your feedback is anonymous and will be used to develop and fine tune upcoming trainings.

New-and-Improved Federal Action Request Form!

The Federal Action Request Form has received a face lift! Please use this form to consult with LWVUS regarding litigation efforts at any level and federal level advocacy. The form helps to connect the work happening at all levels of League and ensure we are speaking with one voice.

Opportunity to Comment on Repeal of Clean Cars Regulation

The LWVUS Climate Change Task Force has put together guidance for Leagues and individuals wishing to comment on the roll back of the fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks, otherwise known as the Clean Cars Standard. Notice of the roll back was published in the federal register and comments are now being accepted. Please comment on behalf of your state or local League or as an individual regarding this misguided decision by the administration.

Opportunity to Attend COP24 as a Delegate

LWVUS has the opportunity to send delegates to the 2018 UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland.  LWVUS delegates may have the ability to attend both the official UN meetings as well as the side events.  The dates are December 3-14, 2018. Please contact Robin Tokmakian at trillerud@mindspring.com if interested by Sept. 15, 2018. There is no funding or assistance available from LWVUS for this trip.

National Popular Vote Google Group

Interested in connecting with other Leagues working to pass National Popular Vote Resolutions? Join the new LWV NPV Action google group to share resources, strategies and connect with those working on this issue around the country!

Equal Rights Amendment Facebook Group

Delegates at the 2018 convention overwhelmingly voted to support moving the ERA toward final ratification. League members wishing to talk about strategies in the states still needing to ratify the amendment can join our new closed Facebook group around this issue.


LWV Brand Standards: State Logos Now Available 

We are excited to share the new LWV Brand Standards and updated logo files. These will be the only official League of Women Voters logos available moving forward.

All state logos are now available through the League Management Site. LWVUS is creating all local League logos and will make them available ASAP. Leagues should NOT attempt to build your own logos. if there is something you must complete in an expedited manner before we can get you your customized League logo, please go ahead and use your current logo or the generic open logo (Logo 2 in the Brand Standards). Thank you for your patience and don't hesitate to email the Communications Team at communications@lwv.org if you have specific questions.

Student PMP

In Spring 2018 the LWVUS Board voted to waive Student PMP at the national level through January 2021 to lower financial barriers and encourage Leagues to try new ways to engage and recruit students. Since then, we’ve heard from 20 state Leagues that intend to waive PMP and more than 50 local Leagues that will be waiving or reducing student dues. If your League is participating and hasn’t yet completed the survey, we’d love to hear from you

Additionally, don’t forget to make the new student member survey available for students to complete when they join. This survey will help us gather feedback to better understand why students are engaging, what issues are important to them, and the kinds of roles they want to play in our organization. Once we’ve received enough responses we’ll share what we’ve learned with each participating League. 

We’ll continue to give updates as we hear from more leagues and more new student members. 

Staff Highlight

Meet Our Communications Manager

Caitlin Rulien is the national office's Communications Manager and, if you're reading this League Update, you've seen her work!

Caitlin joined the League in May 2017, bringing the organization nearly eight years of experience in public relations and digital communications across an array of fields, including agency, nonprofit, and the media. Since joining the League she has managed our social media channels and email program, as well as supported our website development and brand management projects.

Learn more about Caitlin here.


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