August 15, 2013
In This Issue:
EDUCATION FUND- - Elections
- LWVNC Springs into Action Within hours of Suppressive Voting Bill Signing (NEW)
- FREE WEBINAR NEXT WEEK: Voter Registration Tips & Best Practices - Aug 22 at 3 PM EDT (NEW)
- Promote your Candidate Debates and Forums on VOTE411! (Reminder)
- Sign Up for National Voter Registration Day by August 26th and Receive Free Materials (NEW)
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
- Women’s Equality Day is August 26 (NEW)
- Montana Leagues Participate in Leadership Training (NEW)
- Leadership Changes: Update the LWVUS Database (Reminder)
Glad You Asked!
This new section of the Leaders' Update is dedicated to providing the information that you want to know.
I was elected to my League’s Nominating Committee this spring. What should I be doing?
Congratulations! The role of the Nominating Committee is so important! They help to build the organization by identifying the leadership needs of the League and finding individuals with the skills that are needed to serve as leaders in the organization.
Read The Little Green Book, a handbook for Nominating Committees, for greater insight into the committee.
There has been more news on the voting rights front this week, especially as we prepare to celebrate the anniversary of the March on Washington. The Governor of North Carolina signed an omnibus voter suppression bill into law on Monday. This new law restricts voting not just by requiring the most restrictive voter photo ID, but also significantly cuts back on early voting and restricts voter registration.
North Carolina has a proud tradition of forward thinking election administration. Early voting and Election Day registration during the early voting period have worked well for voters in the state. The new law cuts early voting periods in half and ends registration at the polls during the early voting period. With a stroke of his pen, the governor eliminated North Carolina as a model of good election administration practices and made it the subject of lawsuits aimed at returning the state to Justice Department preclearance under the Voting Rights Act. The League of Women Voters of North Carolina is the lead plaintiff in one of the lawsuits that have already been filed.
It is truly sad that as we gather to celebrate the achievements of the Civil Rights movement, states are continuing to curtail voting rights and erecting barriers to voting that disproportionately impact the young, the elderly, poor and minority populations. The March on Washington was not just about voting, it was about equality of opportunity. It is up to all of us who care about this issue to be alert and active in insuring that equality of opportunity is the hallmark of our election laws.
To help keep your members informed, please consider forwarding this weekly message. Please note that this is an internal communication that provides both announcements and opportunities meant only for your members and League, as well as updates on important news and events. This message should not be posted in its entirety on League social media channels or websites. Instead consider sharing the external (e.g. public interest/action) pieces such as blog posts, letters to Congress and press statements.
March for the Dream on August 24th (Reminder)
The League is a partner of the 50th anniversary March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This celebratory event is Saturday, August 24th from 8 AM- 2 PM at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. We are encouraging League members to let us know if they are coming by filling out a short registration form. The League is not providing funds for buses for those wishing to come from far away, but many buses are coming from various points around the country. Information about buses can be obtained at the National Action Network website or by calling 877-626-4651. If you have questions about this event please contact Jessica Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LWVNC Springs into Action Within hours of Suppressive Voting Bill Signing (NEW)
On Monday, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed the nation’s most suppressive omnibus voter bill into law. The League of Women Voters of North Carolina went straight to action, filing a federal lawsuit to challenge the voting restrictions as racially discriminatory and request that the state be placed back into preclearance under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Read our blog post or the complaint for more information.
FREE WEBINAR NEXT WEEK: Voter Registration Tips & Best Practices - Aug 22 at 3 PM EDT (NEW)
Need a refresher course on effective voter registration drives? Want to engage new volunteers in voter registration? Join LWVEF experts for an interactive training webinar covering all you need to know to conduct successful voter registration in 2013 and 2014! Learn helpful time-saving tips and share your own experiences with your colleagues across the country. Sign up for the free training webinar. The webinar will start promptly at 3 PM EDT on Thursday, 8/22, and last about one hour.
Promote your Candidate Debates and Forums on VOTE411! (Reminder)
With the busy fall election season fast approaching, Leagues around the country are busy organizing candidate debates and forums. Promoting your events on VOTE411 can help spread the word about these events to voters in your communities. If you have any upcoming candidate debates or forums and would like us to post the information on VOTE411, please send the following information to Sophie Tarazi (email@example.com): event title, offices covered, date, time, location (venue name and address) and any other information voters might need. Enter “debates and forums” into the subject line.
Sign Up for National Voter Registration Day by August 26th and Receive Free Materials (NEW)
Join the 190+ Leagues that have already signed up to host a voter registration drive on this year’s National Voter Registration Day (Tuesday, September 24, 2013). Visit www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org before September 1st to sign up your League to host a registration drive in your community. You’ll receive free posters and other materials when you sign up before August 26th!
Membership & leadership
Women’s Equality Day is August 26 (NEW)
Customize this press release template to draw attention to the recent action on the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and to one of our milestones as an organization, the anniversary of the 19th amendment on August 26.
Montana Leagues Participate in Leadership Training (NEW)
Representatives from across Montana gathered in Bozeman for a two-day LWV leadership training. Facilitated by LWVUS staff members Kelly McFarland Stratman and Shauneen Grout and national coach Lisa Plencner (IN), participants explored ways to build upon their programmatic work by generating more visibility, attracting new members, and developing new leaders. Read Shauneen's blog about the experience. The training is part of the Membership & Leadership Development Program and is funded by the Fund for Local League Growth.
Leadership Changes: Update the LWVUS Database (Reminder)
Please don’t forget to update any changes in your League’s leadership in the member database. It is critical that all records are up-to-date so that your League receives all messages from LWVUS. If you need assistance, please contact Betty Taira.
LWVUS/EF 2013-2014 Direct Marketing Schedule (NEW)
When planning your own League's fundraising, please consult the LWVUS/EF Direct Marketing Schedule. The LWVUS Development Office is pleased to share with you the FY 2013-14 LWVUS/Education Fund Direct Marketing schedule for direct mail and telemarketing. Download the schedule (located under Leadership Development Tools in the Members section of www.lwv.org). Please share this schedule with your Development chairs to assist planning for your League's fundraising activities. Questions should be directed to Rose Simmons, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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