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The League of Women Voters
The League Update
September 10, 2020

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Friend,

Last week, we officially launched VOTE411 in Spanish! With this launch we will be reaching many voters we have never reached before, equipping them with current and accurate voting resources. This is a great opportunity for all voters to have access to our voting resources. Tell your community about our new launch by sharing our VOTE411 video in Spanish and directing voters to VOTE411.org/es.  

National Voter Registration Day is less than two weeks away! Since 2012 this has become a special day for Leagues across the nation to be out in their communities registering voters. Due to the pandemic, NVRD will look different this year. Many Leagues are developing creative ways to connect with and register voters: hosting virtual events and drive-through registration drives, registering voters at street concerts using social distancing guidelines, setting up registration tables at social protests, and even converting a food truck into a mobile registration unit!

We have more than 350 Leagues signed up for NVRD. It's not too late to sign up! I encourage all Leagues who haven’t to sign up for National Voter Registration Day and share with us the unique ways your Leagues is planning to reach voters on September 22. Check out 2020 Election Season Social Media Materials on the League Management Site for social media content to share about NVRD. 

The countdown to election day continues with only 54 days left. We have created an election messaging calendar to highlight the key dates national will be sending out special and critical messages. The 2020 Election Messaging Calendar can be viewed on the League Management Site. 

As a reminder, League staff have created resources to help Leagues navigate serving their communities during these times. COVID Guidance for Leagues has resources for how we can move our work forward while navigating COVID-19. We have also created guidance for hosting virtual and hybrid candidate debates and forums during the COVID pandemic. 

Lastly, on behalf of the national staff and board, I want to offer our support and concern for everyone who is impacted by the ongoing wildfires in California. Thank you all for your dedication to voters. Please stay safe and wear masks. 

 

In League, 

Deborah Ann Turner, MD, JD

Deborah

Campaign for MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK®

2020 Election Messaging Calendar  

To help Leagues plan their communications efforts in the weeks leading up to the general election, the communications team has put together a calendar of important national dates that can inform social media posts, letters to the editor, and other communications efforts. Check it out at LWV.org/ElectionMessagingCalendar.

League Sends Letter Urging Postal Service to Continue Longstanding Practice of Placing Voter Registration Forms in Postal Offices  

Amid reports that local post offices in the Houston, Texas, area declined to place voter registration forms in their lobbies, citing a “directive” from the Postmaster General, the League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters of Texas sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy demanding that the Postal Service continue their longstanding practice of displaying and providing voter registration forms and postcards in post offices across the country. Read the letter.

Take Action: Contact Your Senator and Tell Them to Protect the Postal Service!    

The United States Postal Service is an essential public service that has been on the frontlines of our nation serving each and every American household. It delivers essential supplies, medicine, paychecks, allows small businesses to ship orders, and delivers mail to any and all addresses in America at a low cost. This year, the Postal Service will play an important role in the election as more Americans will opt to vote by mail. We must protect its essential role in our society and prevent its core functions from being undercut. Contact your Senators today, and let them know why you think the postal service is essential for Americans!  

Take Action: The Census is in Danger   

COVID-19 has caused significant delays and disruptions to census operations which is why the Bureau has requested the extended household counting operations through October 31, 2020.  But recently, the U.S. Census Bureau, announced it would be ending census operations on September 30, 2020. Shortening the timeline to collect data and rush operations during a national pandemic is an intentional plot to sabotage the census and skew Congressional representation, redistricting, and critical funding allotments for every state in the country. Tell Congress to protect the census in the next version of the stimulus bill

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Monthly Webinars  

Our next webinar will be at 7pm ET on September 24 and will focus on microaggressions. 

Registration information for this webinar and recordings of past webinars are available on the League Management Site.  

Honoring Our Native Lands 

Leagues are encouraged to include a land acknowledgment at your events and meetings. More information on them can be found at https://usdac.us/nativeland. Our July 2020 webinar looked at Native American history and how Leagues can partner with Native American communities. A recording of it and resources can be found on the League Management Site 

A More Inclusive Look at the Suffrage Movement   

As we continue to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the League and the passage of the 19th Amendment we encourage everyone to do so in a way that acknowledges all of those involved. 

Two articles of interest that speak of the history of Jewish women in the movement are: 

Jewish Suffragists, White Dresses, and Yellow Roses and A Vote For Food as the Great Connector.

News of the Week

The fight for People Powered Fair Maps in Arkansas continues with another federal lawsuit requesting that 150,000 voters' voices be heard. Read about the lawsuit

Due to the pandemic, cities like Houston, are feeling the impact that COVID-19 is having on access to voting for the growing number of new citizens. Read the story to learn how new citizens are being impacted

Community leaders express concerns about the impact an incomplete census count will have on residents of color in Wisconsin. Read about the concerns in Wisconsin.   

Advocacy

Reminder: Federal Advocacy Request Form   

Leagues wishing to take action at the federal level with regards to legislation or litigation must consult with LWVUS. For League convenience and to ensure a prompt reply, LWVUS has an online form that goes to the advocacy team at LWVUS. Please use the federal action request form when contemplating federal level actions. You can find the form on our site.

Advocacy and Litigation Announce Policy Webinar Schedule    

Check our page on the League Management Site to see a listing of all future and past webinars from the LWVUS Advocacy and Litigation team! Webinars will cover everything from setting Legislative priorities, putting together action alerts, policy briefings on legislative issues, and preparing for your next legislative session. Currently, webinars are scheduled out through January 2021.

Organizing

Help Register New Voters Across the Country!   

National Voter Registration Day is now officially less than two weeks away. Join the thousands of organizations big and small that are stepping up to plan an online OR in-person voter registration event on September 22! Please help combat voter suppression by registering and mobilizing a record number of voters on this National Voter Registration Day by becoming a National Voter Registration Day 2020 partner. Register today!

Growing Our Democracy: From New Citizens to New Voters!    

Join the LWVUS Organizing Team on September 17, at 3 pm EST, as we partner with the National Partnership for New Americans to discuss how to engage new voters and expand our democracy. We will cover the power of citizenship and voting while highlighting creative ways to engage in conversations with new citizens. Register today!   

Direct Voter Contact Training      

Contacting voters directly is the most effective way to get out the vote, but direct voter contact methods look different depending on your community. Join the LWVUS Organizing Team on October 11, at 3 pm EST, as we outline how to build your direct voter contact muscle while taking our current community’s environment in mind. Register today

Racism and Redistricting: How Unfair Maps Impact Communities of Color Event     

On October 8, at 7pm EST, the League of Women Voters of the United States, along with LWV of Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia will host a discussion on the role systemic racism plays in silencing voters of color and how it’s shaped one of the most important processes for ensuring voters’ voices are heard. These community leaders will share information on the work being done to end some of the most egregious racial gerrymandering in the country—and what all is at stake in this year's election. This is a FREE live event that will broadcast on the LWVUS Facebook Page. Share the event with your networks! 

Membership

Updating Your Bylaws   

At the 2020 Convention, four amendments to the LWVUS bylaws were adopted by the delegates. As a reminder, the first three articles of bylaws at all levels of the organization need to be consistent. Amendments to those sections need to be incorporated into all League bylaws as soon as possible. 

We will be hosting a webinar to answer your questions and provide more information and the date and time will be announced in the next League update. 

CENTENNIAL

Convention Congratulation Videos 

At our 2020 Convention, we shared videos from members of Congress and special celebrity guests congratulating the League on our 100th Anniversary. We’re now able to share those videos with you in two collections that can be viewed here and here.

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