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The League of Women Voters
The League Update
October 25, 2018


Election Day is just twelve days away, and thanks to the incredible collaborative work of hundreds of Leagues, VOTE411.org has already surpassed 2 million users this year. To put that in perspective, at this point in the 2016 election cycle, we hadn’t broken 2 million users yet. This is unprecedented, and we are on track to potentially reach 5 million voters on VOTE411.org this year. THIS is the kind of result we have when we band together and focus on the activities that make the League uniquely critical to our communities. Way to go!

This is the last League Update before Election Day, and so we have lots of resources and tools below to support your Get-Out-the-Vote and Election Day activities. Check out updated social media messages and graphics on the League Management Site and the new photos on our Flickr to use leading up to November 6. And please fill out the Elections Activities Survey so we can identify areas where we can offer more support in 2020.

I know all of you are hard at work wrapping up candidate forums, getting voter guides online, and training volunteers to help get out the vote. On behalf of the entire board and staff, I want to thank you for your dedication to the American electorate all year long. Keep up the outstanding work! 


Making Democracy Work Campaign

Election Season Social Media Materials

With just a week-and-a-half until Election Day, join us in getting out the vote on social media! Feel free to use (or modify) these sample posts and graphics to use leading up to November 6.

2018 GOTV Letter to the Editor

Use this outline to post letters in your local newspapers, urging voters to turn out on November 6.

2018 GOTV PSA Script

Use this script to record Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to remind voters Election Day is November 6.

Please Complete our 2018 Election Activities Survey

As we have done in previous years, LWVUS is once again asking all Leagues to complete our post-election survey. This survey, our best source of data and critical information about the election-related activities of state and local Leagues, is used to develop helpful resources for Leagues, identify areas of needed training and support, and measure the full impact of our organization’s work to protect, register, and engage voters in 2018. Please have someone from your League take a few minutes to fill out the survey once the bulk of your election year activities have wrapped up. Where you do not have exact numbers available, estimates are fine.

Now Accepting Grant Applications: Spring 2019 Youth Voter Registration

The League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) is pleased to announce a 2019 Youth Voter Registration project. As part of this project, LWVEF will award pass-through grants to state and local Leagues to undertake voter registration activities in high schools, community colleges, and alternative/vocational schools in underrepresented communities. See our grant page for more information and guidelines, including a link to the application.

Update: Lyft Partnership and Discount Rides to the Polls Available

LWVEF is continuing to partner with Lyft to empower voters to get to the polls this year! Several Leagues in cities with Lyft offices have made available their voter education resources to drivers and riders, and now everyone can get in on the action! Feel free to share this page with voters who can receive a 50% ride discount when going to vote. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Highlighting League Work in DEI

Several Leagues are doing amazing work in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion in preparation for the election. Here are some highlights from state Leagues around the country: 

  • New Mexico: In response to a request from the New Mexico Secretary of State, the New Mexico state League produced printed voter guides for 11 counties where Pueblo Navajo voters have little internet access.
  • Maine: For the first time, the League in Maine has made their voter guides available in both Arabic and Somali, in order to help new citizens receive access to election information. They’ve also provided both audio and ASL translations online for blind and deaf voters.
  • Ohio: The Ohio League has partnered with the Council on American-Islamic Relations Columbus chapter to recruit multilingual poll workers who are fluent in Arabic, Chinese, Nepali, Spanish, and Somali.

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

This week a judge ruled in favor of LWVNH, blocking the state’s voter ID law and stating that an injunction is the only way to prevent the threat of disenfranchisement.

In a huge win for LWVFL, the Florida Supreme Court issued the order that Governor Scott is not permitted to appoint three new Florida Supreme Court justices on his last day in office.

Arnold Schwarzenegger joined LWVCO and their Fair Maps coalition at Denver's Terminate Gerrymandering Rally in support of the two redistricting initiatives on Colorado’s ballot.


Support H.R. 5308 - Women's History and Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Quarter Dollar Coin Program Act

Legislation has been introduced that proposes a series of quarters, featuring a 19th Amendment icon on one side and a noteworthy woman from each state and territory. The legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. Barbara Lee. A template is now available on the League Management Site for those wishing to contact their Representative in support of this bill.

October 26—LWV/Wellstone Training: Building an Inclusive Volunteer Base

Want to boost your volunteer team to impact this and future issue campaigns? Join us October 26 at 12:00pm (noon) ET for a training that will help! Participants will learn best practices on how to recruit and build effective and diverse volunteer teams whether you have a year or a just a few days to plan. This training is ideal for anyone charged with building the volunteer base, as well as training volunteers and new engagers—and perfect for local League leaders who are interested in better leveraging your volunteer list to action NOW. With the 2018 midterm election just around the corner, you do not want to miss this timely and impactful training. There is still space so RSVP now for this training!


Thank You to Our 2016-2018 Shur Fellows!

The Shur Fellows team is comprised of dynamic and dedicated volunteers from across the country who are selected and trained to support state and local leaders on organizational development issues to expand our community engagement/involvement. As we begin our work with the 2018-2020 class of Fellows, we want to thank our 2016-2018 Shur Fellows—many of whom had served for multiple terms—for all of the work they did in mentoring state and local Leagues and providing resources, tools, and information related to membership and leadership development.  

Special thanks are offered to our outgoing Shur Fellows: Melissa Currence (Cincinnati, OH), Georgia DeGregorio (Webster, NY), Linda Duckworth (Omaha, NE), Nancy Eitreim (Seattle, WA), Myra Evans (Mobile, AL), Marcia Hirshberg (Westwood, MA), Linda Johnson (Leavenworth, KS), Caroline de Llamas (Covina, CA), Haley Richards (Pensacola, FL), JoAnn Ross (Baltimore, MD), Elizabeth Santeramo (Verona, NJ), Katherine Thalken (Omaha, NE) and Mary Wilson (Mountainair, NM).

LWV Brand Standards

If you haven't yet seen our new Brand Standards, you can take a look—and download the updated logo files—on the League Management Site. Please note: These are the only official League of Women Voters logos available moving forward.

Additionally, all state logos are also now available. 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 LWVUS 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.


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