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The League Update
May 20, 2021

2020 Election Impact: Protected over 25 million voters in 70+ lawsuits; proporcionó a 2.2 millones de personas herramientas de votación en español; educated over 6 million voters on vote411.org; supported 233,000 people in registering to vote; data collected from over 500 Leagues in an internal survey conducted following the 2020 election

Friend,

On Tuesday, we officially launched our 2020 Election Impact Report highlighting how we served voters and impacted our democracy in the 2020 Election. 

In a global pandemic, we educated over 6 million and protected over 25 million voters. And for the first time, VOTE411 was fully translated to Spanish, providing over 2.2 million Spanish-speaking voters with the tools needed to cast their ballots. 

This work could not have been done without the dedication and hard work of League leaders, members, and volunteers. Thank you all for your commitment to voters. Despite the challenges that 2020 brought us, we managed to have one of our most impactful election years in the history of the League. Celebrate this landmark achievement with a high five and some well-deserved self-care. 

The full report can be read online. I encourage you all to share the report widely with your network and partners. Additionally, we have created a social media toolkit to help Leagues share our impact on social media.

I also want to remind you that Council registration is open! We encourage state leaders to register for this virtual event today. The earlier you register, the better we are prepared to enhance our pre-council engagement with you. Remember, this year we have increased the number of attendees, and we encourage you to invite an emerging leader to this learning and networking event.

During this month, Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are continuing to highlight AAPI women who helped shift democracy on our social networks. We encourage Leagues to share these all month long.

With 2020 in our rearview mirrors, we must focus our efforts even more on making sure we lead with our values – nonpartisanship, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These are the values that make us strong and for which the public does and will trust us.

Finally, as our country to begins to “open back up,” I encourage you all to continue to remain safe.

 

In League, 

Deborah Ann Turner, MD, JD

Deborah

Webinars & Virtual Meetings

Upcoming

Action

Help Us Improve the League Management Site!

We invite all League leaders to participate in an online card sorting activity that will guide how we organize the information on the League Management Site. The activity will take about 10–15 minutes to complete, and we will use the data we collect to make the site easier to use. This activity is open to anyone in your League who uses the League Management Site and will close on May 28. Participate now!

Complete the Summer 2021 Semi-Annual Survey 

As the League enters our second century, we know it is critical to measure our social impact. In doing so, we strengthen our brand, retain relevancy, and gain resources to support our initiatives. Our ability to tell League stories depends on State and local League data. To this end, LWVUS is continuing our efforts to collect information through our Semi-Annual Survey. Please complete the survey by June 11th. Learn more about the survey here. For questions, contact Amilcar Guzman, Ph.D., Director of Evaluation and Outcomes, at aguzman@lwv.org. Find the survey here.

Last Chance to Apply: DEI Training Series

All League members are invited to apply for a training opportunity LWVUS is offering in partnership with Leaderosity. Participants of the program will receive complimentary access to a customized training portal that includes two DEI self-led training courses and a discussion board to interact with fellow participants. The application deadline is May 20. Apply here. 

Apply for a National Voter Registration State Captain Grant!

This year’s National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) will take place on Tuesday, September 28, and NVRD headquarters is bringing back last year’s State Captain grants program to help organizations in key states and localities lead the #NationalVoterRegistrationDay charge in their communities. They anticipate issuing 8–12 grants of $5,000–$15,000 to organizations that recruit and support other NVRD partners in areas with statewide or major local elections in 2021. Check out the call for proposals here, and make sure to submit your application before the deadline of June 15! We’ll share more info about this year’s NVRD as it becomes available. 

Free VOTE411 Promotional Items – Join Today!

LWVUS is pleased to announce that we are sending all 2021 participating VOTE411 Leagues free VOTE411 promotional items! If you haven’t already, sign up for the VOTE411 voter guide program with our new information request form. Sign up no later than June 4, 2021, to qualify for the free materials. Please contact Isamar at igarcia-hernandez@lwv.org with any questions. 

Free GOTV Postcards Available 

LWVEF is happy to make available free get out the vote/VOTE411 postcards (in packs of 100) to interested Leagues. These postcards are a great way to spread the word about local elections, follow up with individuals you’ve registered, share with partners to send to their networks, and support all you do to get out the vote! Please fill out the form no later than June 1 indicating how many packs of postcards you’d like to receive. Cards are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and we’ll work to accommodate as many Leagues as possible until we run out of stock!

OutreachCircle: Taking League Power to New Heights

Join the LWVUS Organizing team for an OutreachCircle introduction. These weekly demos explain what OutreachCircle is, how it can maximize League work, and how Leagues across the country are using it. Register today for our Friday demo at 4pm ET or our Saturday demo at 4pm ET.
Resources

LWV Redistricting Speakers Bureau Program

As part of our People Powered Fair MapsTM program, the advocacy team has created a guide for how your League can create their own redistricting-focused speakers bureau. This guide has all the information you need to start recruiting, advertising, and building out your own speakers bureau program. Find the guide here.

LWV Pride Month Logos

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) Pride Month! To celebrate and stand in solidarity, many organizations change their social media avatars (profile pictures) to a version of their logo that incorporates a rainbow. We have created a rainbow version of the LWV logo for Leagues to use on their social media during the month of June. Download the logos here.

LWV Introduction PowerPoint

We have created a slide deck that explains who the League of Women Voters is and what our organization does. Leagues can use this presentation for any purpose, including fundraising. Download it here.

Guidance on Reproductive Rights Case Before SCOTUS

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear a case out of Mississippi addressing reproductive rights, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The lawsuit is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade (1973), which established a women’s right to make her own reproductive choices. As many members know, LWV membership formalized our position on this very issue in 1983: “The League of Women Voters of the U.S. believes that public policy in a pluralistic society must affirm the constitutional right of privacy an individual has to make reproductive choices.”

Because this decision could impact public policy at all levels of government, the national office is watching this case closely and will respond next month when the court releases a decision, as necessary. Please refer to Impact on Issues to learn more about the history of this position or if you have questions about our position, you can contact us at advocacy@lwv.org.

OutreachCircle Supporter Kit

Learn how to use OutreachCircle with our supporter kit that outlines step-by-step instructions for how to sign up and use OutreachCircle.

LWV Business

Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Unveiled 

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial was recently dedicated in Occoquan, VA! Thanks to the 39 state and local Leagues who, in addition to LWVUS, contributed close to $40,000 for this important memorial to our history. The memorial tells the full story of the suffrage movement, and a statue of Carrie Chapman Catt stands in the center of the memorial. The founding of the League is mentioned as well. Learn more here!

Letters & Memos

Leagues in the News

LWV of Wisconsin ED Debra Cronmiller penned a powerful op-ed decrying the influence of dark money in the courts. Read her piece.

The League of Women Voters of New York State are leading the push for adequate funding of the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission. Read about their efforts.

New LWV of Coastal Georgia president Nina Altschiller made a deliberate move from candidate support with a party to all voter support with the League. Read her letter.

Staff Highlight

Meet Our Digital Communications Manager

Lilly McGee is the Digital Communications Manager for the League of Women Voters. In this role, she aims to spread the League's mission and strengthen its relationships through social media, email, and web content. Prior to working at the League, she specialized in communications work in the mental health field, with a particular focus on supporting survivors of trauma. When she's not working, she's usually playing with her foster cats, jogging around DC, or adding to her ever-growing "need to read" list.

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