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League of Women Voters
The League Update
November 7, 2019


Congratulations on a successful 2019 election season, League leaders! With hundreds of registration events, forums, debates, and voter guides, Leagues around the country have worked tirelessly to provide voters the information they need to confidently cast their vote. And we're happy to report that VOTE411 had its most successful odd-year cycle ever! We provided information on over 18,000 candidates to nearly 900,000 voters.

As we look forward, 2020 is just around the corner—and so much exciting work with it. With primaries and the League’s 100th birthday only weeks away, I know many of you have already been planning for our packed year ahead. The national office has been hard at work creating tools and resources to help make 2020 a successful year for all Leagues around the country.

To that end, I want to remind you about a resource we created last year that acts as a comprehensive guide for all the support LWVUS provides for Leagues. The Guide to Services LWVUS Provides to Leagues is available on the front page of the League Management Site. It includes descriptions and helpful information for League members looking for support from the national office.

Thanks for all you do for voters, Leaguers!

In League, 


Making Democracy Work Campaign

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 on 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.

League Honored with Democracy Award for DC Statehood

The League is being recognized with an award this month for our continued fight for equal representation in the District of Columbia. Congratulations to all of our dedicated activists working to defend democracy. Read more.

VRAA Passage in Full House Week of November 11

Next week, the full U.S. House plans to vote on the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA). This bill will restore and modernize the Voting Rights Act. The VRAA has always been passed with broad bipartisan support. Contact your Representative today and ask them to vote for the bill on the floor next week! Additional materials will be available from LWVUS as the bill comes to the floor.

LWVUS Partners with American Library Association

The American Library Association has published it’s guide, Preparing My Library for the 2020 Census. Each census cycle, the ALA provides a tip sheet for libraries to use in preparing for the Census. This year, LWV is specifically named as a reliable community group doing work in this space, and we encourage all Leagues to consider using your local library for census and redistricting presentations and events!

LWVUS Joins U.S. Census as Official Partner

The League of Women Voters is now listed as an official partner organization of the U.S. Census Bureau for the 2020 Census! The League’s name will be included on the public list of partners and used in presentations by the Census Director, along with the other 750 national companies/corporations/non-profits. The League will also be included on the list submitted to the Under Secretary of Commerce. It is estimated that the total number of national, state, and local partners will be 300,000 by March.

Webinar Announcement Lobbying Tips and Tricks for State and Local Leagues

Join the Policy and Advocacy team for a webinar on lobbying tips and tricks. This webinar is intended to provide direction on setting up meetings, talking to legislators, leading a "hill day," and incorporating activists, new members, and coalition partners into the fold. The webinar is on Thursday, December 12, 2019, from 3 to 4pm ET. Register now.

Guidance on “All On the Line” Redistricting Organization

Last week, LWVUS released a memo to state League leaders to avoid working with the redistricting organization All On The Line. Specifically, for any League still considering working with All On The Line, we ask that you refrain from doing so at this time, as engagement violates the nonpartisan policy and could risk the organization’s credibility in the process. We understand that some Leagues may already have engaged with this organization, and we ask that you end any involvement immediately if activities include supporting or opposing any candidate for political office, and refrain from any public facing communication that would affiliate LWV with this organization. If you need additional guidance around continued work, email the national office at advocacy@lwv.org.

November 13 Election Security Day of Action

The Senate still has an opportunity to add $600 million dollars to election security funding before the calendar year is over. On November 13, groups from around the country will be participating in a day of action, and LWVUS will participate with an action alert. Local events are being hosted in conjunction with other partners. Sign up to host or attend an event in your local community today!

VOTE411 Post-Election Update and Join for 2020

Congratulations to everyone for making it through the 2019 General Election! Thanks to the 277 Leagues from 30 states who created voters’ guides on VOTE411, VOTE411 had its most successful off-year cycle ever! We provided information on over 18,000 candidates to nearly 900,000 voters, and there are elections yet to come this cycle.
With this General Election over, Leagues are starting to look toward 2020. We already have Leagues from 14 states signed up for the VOTE411 voters’ guide program next year! Join your colleagues and be a part of this growing program to inform voters and gain significant visibility for your League’s work! Participating Leagues have said about the program that “it is the most effective method of reaching large numbers of voters with information when they need it,” and “VOTE411 lets candidates speak for themselves.” If your League is interested in creating a voter guide, or if you have any questions, contact Megan Brown, and she’ll help walk you through the process!

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:

Navigating Difficult Conversations Around DEI: November 21, 2019 Register
DEI Q&A: 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

LWV of Oklahoma, as part of the People Not Politicians coalition, filed an initiative petition to end gerrymandering in Oklahoma. Read about it.

LWV of Nevada filed a constitutional amendment with the Nevada secretary of state that, if approved by voters in 2020 and again in 2022, would create a bipartisan independent redistricting commission.

LWV of Minnesota is using their 100th anniversary celebration to push for the Equal Rights Amendment to be passed in the Minnesota Constitution.


Reminder: Guidance to Set Legislative Priorities

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 and align 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 for local and state League use. LWVUS recently held a webinar on this topic, and you can find the recording and slides on the League Management Site.


2020 Convention

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.  

Fundraising for Your League: Phone-a-thons

What’s a great way to re-connect with supporters? Calling them on the phone! Surprisingly, sometimes old school technology is more effective than tech. Phone-a-thons are a great way to connect with your supporters and donors, to share with them what the League plans to do in 2020 and to celebrate their past support. As you consider your annual giving strategy, consider hosting a phone-a-thon. Check the online Fundraising Training Module #5 for how to coordinate the event, and find the sample script and pledges on the module page. If you have questions about hosting a phone-a-thon, reach out to Amy Hjerstedt.

LWV Brand Standards

Over the last two years, LWVUS has produced clearer and more streamlined Brand Standards and refreshed our logos to better reflect our collective brand.

As we are fast approaching 2020, now is a good time to make sure your League is utilizing these Brand Standards and using the correct logo files. Please note: These are the only official League of Women Voters logos available moving forward.

Please email the Communications Team at communications@lwv.org if you have specific questions.

Technology & Communications Webinar Recording

The next Technology & Communications 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, for 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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