VOTE411 Nominated for TWO Webby Awards!
We are honored to announce that VOTE411 has been nominated for two Webby Awards this year! The Webby Awards are seen as the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the internet, and to be nominated is a testament to all our great work and information we provide the voters. The Webby People’s Voice Award is open for voting UNTIL TONIGHT! If you haven’t already, please take a minute to vote for VOTE411 before midnight tonight, and show the world who has the best website in our category. And please share with your friends and family. We know with the strength of the League we can win this award!
Sign Up as a Partner for NVRD 2020!
Voter registration is more important than ever this year, and we're happy to announce that the League will once again be a premiere partner for National Voter Registration Day, September 22, 2020. Since 2012, hundreds of Leagues have participated in this annual celebration of voter registration, hosting thousands of voter registration events and promoting online registration options on VOTE411. Let's show what the League is made of - sign up your League now to be a part of NVRD 2020! A big voter registration push relatively early in the cycle is crucial to ensuring that all Americans have an opportunity to take advantage of expanded options to vote in a safe way. And it’s also critical to helping election officials across the country in their efforts to offer these options to all eligible voters.
Join Us on May 12th for a League Community Call!
Adjusting to doing work during a pandemic can be taxing. On May 12th from 3-4pm ET, the Organizing team will be hosting the first of our monthly community calls with the field. These calls will be a place for us to further foster community, support League work around the country, and learn from each others’ skills. Our kickoff community call on May 12th will be facilitated by LWVUS staff and will focus on community building through a digitally interactive experience! If you want to interact more deeply with your fellow League members, please register!
Team Building and Facilitating on Digital Platforms Training
LWVUS is committed to meeting your needs as we all adjust in these times. As part of the Organizing team’s bi-weekly trainings, we will be hosting a training on May 21st from 3-4pm ET through Zoom to provide tips on effective facilitation when developing meetings online, as well as ways to incorporate your digital gatherings with fun! If you are interested, register for the trainning!
LWVUS Work featured by the United Nations
This week the United Nations acknowledged LWVUS for our work protecting voting rights in light of COVID-19. This highlight was shepherded by the LWVUS United Nations Observer Corps, who work to lift up the policy and positions of LWV on international stages. As background, the UN's Department of Global Communications-Civil Society Unit is one of the two major UN bodies (Secretariat and ECOSOC) that formally provides the League with accreditation. LWVUS UN Observers are active members of the Global NGO Executive Committee that represents accredited NGOs with DGC. Learn more about our very own UN Observers.
ICYMI: Census and Coronavirus Blog
Have you taken the census yet? This is our favorite question to ask our friends, family, co-workers, and colleagues across the country when checking in on them as they work or stay at home. In these times of uncertainty and physical distancing, standing together with our communities is more important than ever. And it is so easy to take the census right from your own home. There are three ways that you can fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire, and all of the ways are compliant with social distancing protocols. Read more on our blog.
Democracy Issues Webinar Materials Available
Last week, LWVUS hosted its April policy webinar on democracy reform with a briefing on current federal legislation. During this webinar, we covered the League’s current federal legislative priorities, how to take action, and planning our advocacy work for next year. View the recording and slide deck from this webinar.
Census Action Kit Updates
The 2020 Census is in full swing! As you continue to work diligently on your local “Get Out the Count” efforts, we’ve uploaded some new resources on our Census Action Kit for you. Our efforts for getting an accurate census count continues, and we are encouraging you all to watch the count closely in your area. Check out our page for a live count update map, the response challenge toolkit, and much more to help you finish your census work strong! The Census Action Kit can be found on the League Management site.
Webinar Announcement: Census and Redistricting
Join LWVUS Advocacy and Litigation staff for an update around the operating timeline proposed by the U.S. Census Bureau. COVID-19 has pushed Census field operations to start later than planned. Find out how this will affect redistricting and what you can do in your state as we move forward into the redistricting cycle.
Take Action for Elections funding: Call Your Senators Today
Take action to protect our elections amid the threats presented by COVID-19. We need your help asking Congress for $4 billion in elections assistance funding. While earlier estimations for this type of funding were set at $2 billion dollars, the increase of primary election postponements across states have created a need for greater funding. This funding will ensure that states are not compromising voters’ health or safety while administering elections and will allow voters to avail themselves of multiple voting options.