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The League of Women Voters
The League Update
november 8, 2018

Friend,

Tuesday was a historic day. More women elected to office than ever before. The first Muslim and Native American women, the first black women from New England, the first Latina women from Texas—all elected to Congress. Record high voter turnout for a midterm election. Voting rights expanded, with redistricting reforms and expanded registration passed in at least six states.

All year long, League volunteers across the country have been registering voters, reaching out to tens of thousands of candidates to provide more information on VOTE411.org than ever before, and hosting hundreds of debates and forums so that voters could learn about the issues and engage with the politicians looking to represent them.

I am so proud of this organization and our dedicated network of volunteers, supporters, and engagers. Thank you for sharing our resources. Thank you for registering voters. Thank you for asking your friends and families to make an Election Day plan. And thank you for turning out and getting it done! 

We will be working overtime to measure our unprecedented impact this year! You can help by making sure your League fills out our Elections Activities Survey, our single best source of information about how many voters our organization registered, protected and turned out during this pivotal year. 

Thank you for all you do. 

Chris

Making Democracy Work Campaign

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 surveyWhere 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.

League Instrumental in Passing Redistricting Ballot Initiatives

Congratulations to the Leagues of Women Voters of Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, and Long Beach, CA for successful passage of redistricting initiatives on the 2018 ballot. The Leagues work in these locations was instrumental in ensuring voters had the information they needed to make informed choices. The LWV Utah was instrumental with education around their own ballot initiative. We hope that once all of the final votes have been counted that we can celebrate this success as well.

Litigation Update on LWVNC v. Rucho

In the coming weeks, the North Carolina League’s case may be headed to the Supreme Court for review. Because this case has so much activity and ultimately may provide guidelines for assessing when partisan gerrymandering goes too far, the Mission Impact team drafted a blog post to help explain the details of this case. We will provide similar updates on other cases the League is involved with in upcoming newsletters. Please be reminded, if your League is considering joining federal litigation, you must complete the Federal Action Request Form.

VOTE411.org Post-Election Numbers

The VOTE411.org voter education website has had its most successful election cycle ever! This year, nearly 5.5 million voters turned to VOTE411 to find the election information they needed before casting their ballot—an increase of more than 1 million voters, as compared to the 2016 Presidential Election Cycle. 

Thanks to the more than 300 state and local Leagues who participated in the VOTE411 voters’ guide program this year, these voters were able to find the candidate information that appeared on their specific ballots. In the areas where no state or local League was providing the candidate information on the site, LWVEF was able to fill in the gaps and provide comprehensive candidate information for all Federal, Statewide, and State Legislative candidates as well. In the end, VOTE411 provided candidate information in all 50 states and DC, covering more than 24,000 candidates in over 14,000 races across the country. 

Voters were also able to find the League sponsored candidate debates and forums in their area on the site. Leagues hosted almost 1,000 debates and forums which were published on the site this cycle. 

As election laws were changing, even up to a couple of weeks before the General Election, VOTE411 made sure that all voters in all states found the most accurate and up-to-date information about the rules in their specific state. With new Congressional districts being drawn this year, voters in many states said the ability to view the candidates on their specific ballot took the guesswork out of which district they were able to vote in each election during the cycle. 

In the end, VOTE411.org was able to serve the most voters ever, voters were able to find the most candidate and debate information ever and were able to feel confident about the voting rules in their state before casting their ballot on Election Day!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Multilingual VOTE411 Guides

In addition to the many English-language guides available via VOTE411.org, we also provide Spanish-language guides throughout Texas and Delaware, and Vietnamese guides for the Houston area. We are told that Chinese will be added next year! 

View our October 30th Webinar

Led by Diversity Dimensions Consulting, LLC—a Washington, D.C.-based company that provides effective solutions to individuals and organizations seeking to harness the power of diversity and inclusion—this session put DEI principles into action to increase the League’s social impact work in communities across the nation. The recording and supplemental materials can be viewed here. 

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

ICYMI: From Sarah Jessica Parker to John Oliver to Amy Schumer, VOTE411.org had some amazing influencers promoting it this election season!

Take a look at this fun and inspiring story about ballerinas dancing in an LWV of Nashville-commissioned piece about women's suffrage—and then voting for the very first time.

"These women are powerful, amazing women who ran strategic, smart campaigns.” Virginia Kase joined Good Morning Washington on Wednesday to talk about the historic number of women elected across the nation.

Advocacy

Wellstone Training! Executing an Effective Issue Campaign

Join us Friday, November 9 at 12pm ET for our exciting November training! With one of the busiest midterm elections having wrapped up this week, we know local and state Leagues will move right into building out issue campaigns for a variety of audiences. This training will help sharpen your execution of issue campaigns by using the V.A.S.T. approach. Unfamiliar with the V.A.S.T. approach? Join us to learn one of the most successful tools you can use to ensure you are delivering effective campaigns that get RESULTS. This training is ideal for anyone wanting to elevate their approach and is appropriate for both well-seasoned and new volunteers. This approach has been adapted for League-specific success. Whether you have been doing issue campaigns for 10 years, 10 days, or never before, you'll walk away feeling empowered to get your message across when it matters most. There is limited space so RSVP NOW for this training!

Membership

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Our LWVUS UN Observers are preparing for the 63rd Meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York on March 11-22, 2019. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principle global intergovernmental body exclusively devoted to promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women. We are looking for League delegates who will attend a minimum of 4-5 days of CSW and will participate in all varieties of sessions including commission meetings and side events. Delegates are responsible for all transportation, accommodations, and meals. Please send a short statement of interest if you would like to attend to dorsey.michelle@hotmail.com. 

Meet the 2018-2020 Ruth S. Shur Fellows

The Ruth S. Shur Fellows team is a team of dynamic and dedicated volunteers from across the country who work with states on engaging members and the community to make our democracy strong and vibrant. In 2018-2020 they will be working with states on developing and enacting action plans for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

You can learn more about our Fellows here. 

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.

Direct Marketing Fundraising Resources

As we head into giving season, please consider sending a letter to previous supporters and current members. For resources, please visit the League Management Site's Fundraising page.  A good time to send the letter is the week of Thanksgiving.

To see our complete marketing schedule, visit the 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).

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