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League of Women Voters
The League Update
October 24, 2019

Friend,

Election Day is quickly approaching and we have many resources and tools below to support your Get-Out-the-Vote and Election Day activities. Be sure to check out our new GOTV Toolkit, updated social media messages and graphics, and the new photos on our Flickr to use leading up to November 5 and as we enter 2020. Keep up the outstanding work!  

Additionally, last week the House Administration Subcommittee on Elections held a hearing on voting rights and election administration in the U.S. We were so proud to have LWV CEO Virginia Kase deliver testimony on a panel featuring some additional outstanding civil rights organization leaders. "It is the duty of government to protect the rights of voters and to encourage participation in our political system, not create barriers that prevent participation,” Virginia told the Subcommittee. Watch or read her full testimony here.

In League, 

Chris

Making Democracy Work Campaign

NEW: Impeachment Process Resource

LWVUS has published a new article explaining the process of impeachment. This nonpartisan reference document is meant to inform voters. LWVUS will not be making a public statement on impeachment prior to the 2019 election, but we will reevaluate that decision as the process unfolds. For Leagues looking to inform the public about the process of impeachment, we recommend sharing this article.

Now Accepting Grant Applications: Spring 2020 Youth Voter Registration

The League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) is pleased to announce a 2020 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. Grant applications are due by midnight December 13, 2019 and grant decisions will be announced before the holidays. Grants will only be considered for Leagues targeting at least 5 schools during the spring timeframe of 2020. Leagues must agree to undertake activities in a nonpartisan fashion and must also agree to collect contact information from registrants in order to conduct Get-out-the-Vote follow-up. See the application for additional information.

Virginia Kase Testifies in Congress on Voting Rights Act Restoration

Last week our CEO, Virginia Kase, testified before the Subcommittee on Elections of the Committee on House Administration as part of the hearing entitled, Voting Rights and Election Administration in America. To watch the video of the testimony click here. You can also read her testimony online. As a reminder, the House Judiciary and House Administration committees have been hosting a series of hearings this fall to build the congressional record in advance of the hopeful passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR 4). A full listing of future and past field hearings is available on the League Management Site.

Reminder: Complete 2020 Legislative Priority Survey

LWVUS has issued updated guidance to state and local Leagues recommending legislative priorities under the Making Democracy Work® campaign. These recommendations allow for a strong unified "voice" at all levels of League across the country that aligns with the priorities of the People Powered Fair Maps™ campaign. LWVUS wants to offer support to Leagues lobbying on these issues. Local Leagues should adopt these suggestions as they also make decisions about their priorities within their communities. A survey to assess the priorities of Leagues is now available! Questions about this memo can be addressed to Jessica Jones Capparell and Celina Stewart.

Next Policy Webinar: Setting Legislative Priorities

LWVUS staff will host a webinar covering the considerations for setting legislative priorities and a discussion of our most recent guidance to state and local Leagues. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, October 29th from 3-4 PM ET. Please register for the webinar here.

SHIELD Act

The League joined a letter to U.S. House members urging support for HR 4617, the SHIELD Act, which passed the U.S. House yesterday. The legislation will strengthen laws to protect U.S. elections against foreign intervention.

SAFE Act

LWVUS endorsed the SAFE Act, S. 2053, sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar in the U.S. Senate. This legislation provides funding to support state and local election officials in strengthening election infrastructure and cybersecurity against foreign interference, and raises the bar for election integrity through requiring paper ballots, modern statistical audits, and stronger cybersecurity and accessibility requirements for voting equipment. You can read the legislation here.

Reminder: Mapping Out a Get Out the Count Census Plan

A complete and accurate count of the decennial census is critically important to the integrity of our democracy. We want to continue to provide Leagues with the tools and resources they need to ensure people in their communities are counted. Thanks to League leaders who attended the regional Get Out the Count Summits, we have been able to share additional materials to help Leagues in this effort. For a one-page guide on how to think through getting out the count, check out this new resource: Get Out the Count: Mapping Out a Plan.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DEI Webinars

LWVUS is hosting a series of webinars on DEI in 2019.  

We will be using this series to take a deeper look at the topics we’ve been exploring for the past year and offer tools every member can use in their League work. We encourage Leagues to watch together and make time for discussion afterward. 

Upcoming Webinars:

October 30, 2019: Register
November 21, 2019: Register
December 19, 2019: Register

Recordings and resources from our previous webinars can be found on the League Management Site.

We want to hear from you!

Is your League embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in a new way? Do you have a special interest in this topic or expertise to share? The LWV DEI Committee, chaired by Dr. Deborah Turner, wants to hear from you. Share your questions, story or feedback by email to cdavis@lwv.org.

News of the Week

When Ohio released a list of people it planned to strike from its voting rolls, around 40,000 people shouldn’t have been on it, including LWVOH executive director Jen Miller.

This week a federal judge ruled that Florida cannot prevent felons from voting, even if they have unpaid fines. “We’re thrilled that the judge ruled in our favor and said voting should not be pay-to-play,” said Patti Brigham, president, LWVFL.

The New York Times column Wordplay explains the clues for the day's NYT crossword puzzle—take a look at Friday's for a VOTE411 shout-out!

Advocacy

Attend the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Members of the League of Women Voters Are Invited to Attend the 64th Meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64) at the United Nations in New York on March 9-20, 2020. 

LWVUS UN Observers are already preparing for CSW64. This year, due to the high level of interest, we are looking for delegates who will attend a minimum of 4-5 days and will participate in all varieties of sessions including commission meetings and side events.  Please contact Michelle Dorsey (dorsey.michelle@hotmail.com) ASAP if you would like an application. All completed applications must be submitted to Michelle Dorsey (dorsey.michelle@hotmail.com) no later than November 1, 2019

Stand Up for D.C. Statehood

More than 700,000 residents live in DC, which is more than the population of Wyoming and Vermont, yet its residents still lack voting members in the U.S. House and Senate. Without these voting members, residents of DC are denied a voice in Congress to defend them from attacks on their own locally passed laws and citizen-backed initiatives. Residents in DC deserve full representation in Congress. Sign the petition to support DC statehood today! 

Tell Congress to Act to Prevent Gun Violence

Congress is coming back to work in Washington, D.C., and it’s time for them to move legislation to end gun violence once and for all. Earlier this year, the U.S. House passed legislation requiring universal background checks on every firearm sale and transfer, appropriating funds for gun violence research, and closing loopholes in laws that allow stalkers to obtain guns. But that same legislation is dying in the U.S. Senate. Now is the time for us to act. Now is the time for us to make it clear to our members of Congress that saving lives from gun violence should be a priority.

Take Action to Secure Our Elections

Earlier this year, the U.S. House passed legislation that addresses election security, but the U.S. Senate has yet to act. Election security is about voter confidence and participation. The more confident voters are in our elections systems, the more confident they will feel that their vote has been counted and their voice heard. This directly impacts their participation, which is why it is so important for the U.S. Senate to step up and pass legislation that protects the votes of all Americans. Contact your Senators today and demand immediate action to secure our elections.
Membership

First Call: 2020 Convention

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS’ 54TH NATIONAL CONVENTION  
HYATT REGENCY CAPITOL HILL & LIAISON WASHINGTON CAPITOL HILL  
JUNE 25 - JUNE 28, 2020 

We invite our League members to save these dates and plan to join fellow passionate and engaged League leaders for our biennial national gathering to be held in Washington, DC in 2020. 

Read the First Call on the League Management Site.  

Last Call: Applications for the 2020-22 National Board and Nominating Committee Are Due Soon

The LWVUS Nominating Committee is looking for applicants for the 2020-2022 national board and nominating committee. If you know a League member who is: passionate about our mission, eager to help advance our goals and impact, ready to leverage their skills and experience, and able to envision the League’s future power—please consider recommending them for candidacy to the LWVUS national board. If this sounds like you, please apply today. More information about the role and application process are available online. Applications are due by October 28.

Technology & Communications Webinar Recording

The October 8 webinar on Google analytics and email analytics is now available as a recording on the League Management Site.  

The next webinar, Communicating with Your Members, will take place on Tuesday, November 12 at 4pm ET. We'll go through some best practices for communicating with your members, in both full-membership communications and small group workshopping sessions. We'll suggest some helpful tools for making communications easier to send and more trackable. And we'll take some time to learn from each other about what has worked among Leagues. Join us – register now! 

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