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The League of Women Voters
The League Update
September 13, 2018

Friend,

First and foremost, as Hurricane Florence continues to approach the Carolinas, we want to send our support to everyone in the path of the storm. Please be vigilant and follow evacuation notices in your areas.

I wanted to use this League Update to share our message more widely than usual.

The League Update is our biweekly newsletter intended for League leaders to hear directly from the national office. Many League leaders have signed up to receive this email that goes out every other Thursday with updates about League priorities and partnerships, our transformation, news, and more. But this week, we are sharing it with ALL state and local League officers.

If you are new to the email and you like what you see, I encourage you to sign-up for this biweekly newsletter. I also encourage you to share the link with other League members who should be in the know about updates from national like National Voter Registration Day deadlines and the new brand standards and local League logos national is building. Perhaps your membership chair, webmaster, or social media coordinator would find this info helpful. 

If you’re a regular reader of the League Update, you don’t need to sign up again. This email always includes the sign-up link in the purple footer of the email, so if you want to send future League Update emails to additional League leaders, we encourage them to sign up directly for themselves

Thanks for continuing to help us communicate throughout the organization. We are so grateful for all the work you are doing this election cycle and every year. 

Chris

Making Democracy Work Campaign

NVRD Press Release Template

National Voter Registration Day is less than three weeks away and the League is set to have a record number of events nationwide! We've created a press release template to help in your work reaching out to local press about your upcoming events.

2018 Register to Vote PSA Script

Promote voter registration this election season with this script for public service announcements.

Election Season Social Media Materials

Join us in getting out the vote on social media this election season! Visit the League Management Site for sample posts and graphics to use leading up to election day. Prior to each League Update we will be adding new content—so bookmark this page and check back often!

New VOTE411 Posters Available

Our partners at Proof (a social justice media organization) have created some beautiful posters detailing in voters' own words why their participation matters. Download and use these to promote voter engagement and VOTE411.org!

Voter Registration Training Webinar and Overview of Available Resources

A recording of our voter registration training 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. 

Meeting with Elections Officials?–Sample Questions Available!

During the 2016 election cycle, Leagues nationwide held over 1,000 meetings with their local and state election officials! Developing and maintaining relationships with officials is extremely important for the Leagues’ work advocating for pro-voter reforms and working to mitigate challenges. Our sample questions can help you assist and prepare your officials for upcoming elections.

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 our voters’ guides best practices for help. 

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.

Reminder: 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.

Reflections on the 2018 Convention

Our 2018 Convention was one for the record books with more than 1000 delegates and guests in attendance and the excitement for our 2020 Convention is already starting to build. Our goal for every Convention is to make it an exciting and educational experience and a valuable opportunity for Leagues from around the country to connect. In July we sent out an evaluation to all Convention attendees so we can build on our successes and evaluate any changes we may need to make or problems we may need to solve. With approximately 400 responses we received invaluable data in helping us shape the future of our conventions. We’ve shared the highlights of that feedback. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

LWVEF Partners with Affordable Housing Partner to Register Voters

The League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) and Rose Community Management (RCM) have launched “Rose Votes”, a pilot program intended to reach nearly 6,500 households in more than thirty low-income housing properties. Throughout September, Leagues will provide non-partisan voter registration and education in local communities through special events where residents will have the opportunity to register to vote, find out how to ensure their ballot will be counted, and learn how they can empower their friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to successfully participate in the 2018 mid-term elections.

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Report on Voting Rights

The Commission on Civil Rights released its report on minority voting rights access and how the Justice Department has been enforcing the VRA in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision. Overall the report finds that many discriminatory practices are in use that threaten the right to vote for minority voters. The report makes recommendations to Congress and the Department of Justice with regards to policy and enforcement solutions to protect voters. LWVUS provided written comments to the Commission for this report. 

We want to hear from you!

Is your League embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in a new way? We want to know about it. Share your story so we can promote it more widely by emailing the Communications Team at Communications@lwv.org.

News of the Week

Take a look at this great article on the important role of poll workers from the New York Times.

"The recent wave of political activism is an outgrowth of the types of concerns that launched the crusade for women’s suffrage in 1840." More in this Chicago Sun Times opinion piece: The League of extraordinary women

Voter registrations are surging in Minnesota, especially among young adults. See how LWVMN is helping this effort.

LWVUS is excited to have received the 2018 Webaward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development for LWV.org. Congratulations to the whole team for a great redesign!

Advocacy

LWVAZ, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, Promise Arizona vs. Michele Reagan

This case was filed in August 2018 against the Secretary of State, Michele Reagan for violating the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). In an ongoing challenge, our legal partners (ACLU, Lawyers Committee, and Demos) sent written notice to Reagan back in December 2017 challenging the voter purge practice in the state. The lawsuit details how Arizona has continued to engage in known violations of the NVRA. The lawsuit is intended to protect voters who have moved since last election due to work, school, family, or any other reason, and ensure they will not be turned away from the polls. We issued a press release that you can read here. 

UPCOMING: Wellstone Training, Integrated Voter Engagement

Each month, LWVUS hosts a single session webinar training twice. Please join us for the second presentation on 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 and will be held via webinar on September 18: 6pm–7:15 pm ET (RSVP here).

If you would like to view the presentation again or if you missed it, you can access past trainings recordings and presentations, as well as get information about upcoming webinars on the League Management Site

Interested in NPV and ERA? Join these Groups!

Delegates at the 2018 convention overwhelmingly supported adding National Popular Vote (NPV) and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the national program. LWVUS has created separate groups for League members wishing to discuss strategies, share resources, and connect with other League members working on these issues around the country. You can request to be added to the NPV google group here. And you can join the ERA Facebook group here.

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. 

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.

Membership

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. 

NEW LWV Brand Standards 

We are excited to share the new LWV Brand Standards and updated logo filesThese 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.

LWVUS/EF 2018-2019 Direct Marketing Schedule 

When planning your League’s fundraising efforts, please consider the LWVUS/EF direct marketing schedule. The LWVUS Development Office is pleased to share its FY2019 LWVUS/EF direct mail, telemarketing and email fundraising calendar. Please share this schedule with your Development chairs to assist with planning your League’s fundraising activities. Questions should be direct to Rose Simmons (rsimmons@lwv.org). 

LEAGUE LEADERS

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