LAST CHANCE: Please Complete our 2018 Election Activities Survey
Thanks to the 300+ Leagues who have already filled out our 2018 Election Activities Survey! Time is running out. If you haven’t already, please have ONE PERSON from your League take a few minutes to fill out the survey. Where you do not have exact numbers available, estimates are fine. Survey data 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.
Last chance to apply! 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.
Now Accepting Grant Applications: Spring 2019 New Citizen Voter Registration
LWVEF is pleased to announce a 2019 New Citizens Registration project. As part of this project, LWVEF will award pass-through grants to state and local Leagues to undertake voter registration activities at naturalization ceremonies for new citizens. Grant applications are due by midnight February 8, 2019. Grants will only be considered for Leagues targeting at least five naturalization ceremonies between February 2019 and November 29, 2019. See the application for additional information.
Join VOTE411 in 2019!
VOTE411 had an amazing 2018 Election Cycle with over 5.5 million views of the candidate info! Let’s keep the momentum going into the off-year election and provide the voters with the candidate information they expect on this League-branded website! If your community has an election in 2019 and you want to participate in the ever-growing VOTE411 online voters’ guide program, sign up now to provide voters in your area with the information they desperately need and turn to the League to find.
In 2017 (the last comparable election), Leagues from 22 states participated in the VOTE411 candidate information program, on average costing only five cents per voter reached to provide the information on the site—much cheaper than creating a printed guide! Participating Leagues have said the program "is the most effective method of reaching large numbers of voters with information when they need it,” and “…VOTE411 lets candidates speak for themselves…”
Leagues from eight states have already signed up to use VOTE411 to create critical ballot information in 2019! Join your colleagues and be a part of this growing program to inform voters and gain significant visibility for your League’s work. If your League is interested in creating a voter guide or if you have any questions, contact Megan Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she’ll help walk you through the process.
LWV of Utah Secures Redistricting Win!
In the lead up to Election Day—and beyond—the League of Women Voters of Utah worked tirelessly to reinforce, expand, and protect Utahans right to representative government by supporting the passage of Proposition 4. By creating an independent seven-member redistricting commission and promoting transparency through increased citizen participation, the successful passage of Proposition 4 means Utah voters will be empowered to choose their legislators rather than have legislators choose their voters. After securing Proposition 4’s place on the ballot, LWVUT members worked with partners at Better Boundaries to educate voters throughout the state about the importance of and the protection that an independent redistricting commission provides.
The extraordinary number of provisional and mail-in ballots on Election Day meant that LWVUT members and volunteers had to work overtime phone bank calling voters whose ballots were not counted and asking voters to make sure their ballots were counted through a social media campaign. The count went well beyond election day and was a narrow, but fully valid win! The work does not stop here. LWVUT will continue this work with their partners as they hold the legislature accountable to its voters. Kudos to LWVUT team and their amazing work!
REMINDER! State/Local Legislative Priority Guidance
LWVUS sent a memo to state presidents and executive directors with recommended legislative priorities under the Making Democracy Work® Campaign. These recommendations allow for a strong, unified voice at all levels of League across the country. LWVUS wants to offer support to Leagues lobbying on these issues and we hope Leagues will take five minutes to let us know about the priorities you set in this survey. We hope local Leagues will also consider this guidance as they make decisions about their priorities within their communities.
December LWV/Wellstone Training: Coalition Building!
With the election over, many Leagues are now looking to elevate relationships in your community. In this session participants will learn how to build inclusive coalitions. This training will intensify the "power mapping" technique learned in previous series (September and October) and will ensure you are constructing a strong infrastructure of relationships that help you attract the best partnerships. This training is ideal for any League leader, or advocacy and member chairs who are serious about growing stronger relationships with partners, communities, and individuals at all levels. This training is also great for anyone on your team who is a great people-person and loves to learn new tools of engagement. This training will be provided twice: December 12 and December 19 at 12pm (noon) ET. Join us!
HR1 Democracy Reform Legislation
You may have heard about the first bill the new House Democrats plan to unveil in January. This legislation includes many election reform pieces that are in line with core principles of the League. The national office is an active coalition partner in helping to shape the language of this bill and ensure our priorities are included in the final legislation. We will be focusing on the election modernization elements and redistricting reform. Once the final legislation has been released, we will provide additional guidance for how Leagues can support it, and we anticipate before the bill is introduced in January, there will be opportunities for Leagues to engage via Action Alerts related to this important legislation this month—so stay tuned!