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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

January 9, 2013

In This Issue:


  • League Sends Comments to Election Assistance Commission Regarding Proof of Citizenship Requirements (NEW)
  • League Commends Administration's Latest Step Against Climate Change (NEW)
  • LWVUS Legislative Priorities (Final Reminder)


  • Join VOTE411 in 2014 (Reminder)
  • New Study Looks at Why States Consider and Adopt Restrictive Voter Policies (NEW)


  • Deadlines Rapidly Approaching: Update Your Roster to Win Great Prizes for Your League (Reminder)


  • Agriculture Update (NEW)
  • UN Commission on the Status of Women March 2014 Event!  Registration Deadline is January 15, 2014 (Final Reminder)
  • Program Planning Response Form Online (UPDATED)
  • Welcome New LWVUS Senior Staff (NEW)

Convention 2014

Convention Registrations Are Coming In! Don’t miss this opportunity!  Make your plans to attend National Convention today!  It will be held in Dallas on June 6-10.  The fee is $335 per person. 

Please use the Convention 2014 registration form to register as a delegate or visitor.  (Please note that you will need to log in to access the form.)  Online registration will remain open until May 31. A $50 late fee will be assessed on all registrations made after May 23. Delegates may book their hotel rooms now, too.

To get started, please visit “Your Guide to LWVUS Convention 2014” or the convention area of the website.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Questions? Contact LWVUS staffer Kelly McFarland Stratman at kmcfarland@lwv.org

Glad You Asked!

This section of the Leaders' Update is dedicated to providing the information that you want to know. If you have a question for this area, please submit it to kmcfarland@lwv.org.

How many delegates can my local League send to National Convention?

Your local League’s delegate count is determined by the number of members that your League has as of the official membership count in January of the convention year. (See the item under “Membership” for more information about how to update your League’s membership roster; the deadline is January 31.) 

Per Article IX, Section 2 of the LWVUS Bylaws, “…each local League shall be entitled to at least one delegate; when local League membership reaches 50 voting members, the local League shall be entitled to one additional delegate; thereafter one additional delegate shall be authorized for each additional 50 voting members.” 

For example, a local League with 49 members may send one delegate, a local League with 99 members can send 2 delegates, and local League with 149 members can send 3 delegates.  Of course, Leagues may send observers or non-voting delegates as well.  Convention 2014 will be held in Dallas on June 6-10. 

See you there!

If you have a question for this area, please submit it to kmcfarland@lwv.org.

Dear Friend,

Today is Carrie Chapman Catt’s birthday. In a little over a month from now, we will be celebrating the birthday of her most enduring legacy, the League of Women Voters. Looking back at the political landscape that faced women voters when the League was created, we see many similarities to the current climate. Moneyed special interests wielded great influence and politicians responded to those interests with little regard for facts or evidence. “The League of Women Voters was an experiment. It was a wholly new thing and no one could tell…in which direction its evolution would go,” said Mrs. Catt at National Convention in 1921, “but I am satisfied…that every woman here…is convinced that there is work and a big tremendous work for the League of Women Voters to do…and that the League of Women Voters is going to give the greatest service in all the world to womanhood…So I look to the League of Women Voters to lead us out of this stage of discontent, which is common to our own country and to all the others in the world.”

For over ninety years, the League has lived up to those expectations. In the current ‘stage of discontent’ in which our nation finds itself, the League has a unique opportunity to lead our communities to better understanding and better communication. Because we are a national organization, we can not only deliver a consistent message, but we can also draw strength from each other, even as we adapt our work to meet the needs of our individual communities. As in 1921, National Convention is great time to come together to share and to learn, to debate and to plan. We have a lot to share and a lot to learn from each other. Across the country, League members are on the front lines of the fight to make democracy work by ensuring that the voice of every eligible voter is heard through the ballot box and in the halls of power.

This year, we meet in Dallas, Texas, a city that is doing remarkable and progressive things in a state that, like so many others, seems to have lost its way. Our fellow Leaguers are busy right now preparing a big Texas welcome for delegates from all over the country who have been standing shoulder to shoulder with them working for voting rights, civil rights and women’s rights.  I can’t think of a better place to come together and show our strength.

After just one year, at that convention in 1921, Mrs. Catt said, “I am convinced that the League of Women Voters is strong enough to withstand any criticism that may come.” After 94 years, the same can still be said! Join us in Dallas for National Convention and join us in leading the way.

In League,

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League Sends Comments to Election Assistance Commission Regarding Proof of Citizenship Requirements (NEW)
The League of Women Voters of the United States joined with the League of Women Voters of Kansas and the League of Women Voters of Arizona to file comments with the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) regarding the requests made by the Secretaries of State of Kansas and Arizona to modify the national mail-in voter registration form to include requirements that applicants supply documentary proof of citizenship.

League Commends Administration's Latest Step Against Climate Change (NEW)
The League issued a statement in support of the publication of a new EPA proposal limiting the amount of carbon pollution from power plants in the Federal Register. The proposed regulation will reduce the deadly effects that carbon pollution has on the health of our children and our environment. The public will have 60 days to comment on this historic regulation.

LWVUS Legislative Priorities (Final Reminder)
In January, the LWVUS Board of Directors will be setting the League Legislative Priorities for the upcoming year. Setting these priorities for LWVUS action at the national level is an annual responsibility for the Board. Once again, the Board is soliciting suggestions for LWVUS advocacy priorities from members. If you are interested in making suggestions to the Board, please consider the goals and criteria as listed below. While the LWVUS has numerous positions under which we might take action, the Board must prioritize and consider those issues where we might be able to make a difference.

According to the LWVUS Impact on Issues, the goals for setting priorities to guide the LWV advocacy work are to: (1) Enhance the League's effectiveness by concentrating resources on priority issues; (2) Build the League's credibility and visibility by projecting a focused and consistent image; (3) Ensure that the League has sufficient issue and political expertise to act knowledgeably; and (4) Enable the League to manage resources effectively. In setting legislative priorities, the Board considers the following: (1) Opportunities for the League to make an impact; (2) Program decisions made at Convention and/or Council; (3) Member interest; and (4) Resources available to manage effectively.

If you would like to make suggestions for LWVUS advocacy priorities, please email Advocacy Committee Chair Toni Larson at toni.larson@gmail.com. Please indicate whether the suggestions are from an individual member, a committee, board or membership meeting. Suggestions must be received by January 11.


Education Fund - Elections

Join VOTE411 in 2014 (Reminder)
Does your community have any elections in 2014? If so, the New Year brings a new opportunity for your League to create its own, online voters’ guide on VOTE411.org!  We already have Leagues from 13 states ready to go for 2014 and that number is growing! In 2012 over 2.5 million voters turned to VOTE411 to get their election information. Be a part of this growing program, help inform voters in your community and gain significant visibility for your League’s work! If your League is interested in creating a voters’ guide or if you have any questions, contact Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org) and she’ll help walk you through the process.

New Study Looks at Why States Consider and Adopt Restrictive Voter Policies (NEW)
Nearly half the states in the country passed laws restricting the right to vote in the five years leading up to the last presidential election. A new study released last week examines the factors associated with both the proposal and adoption of legislation that restricts voters’ rights between 2006–2011.


Membership & leadership

Deadlines Rapidly Approaching: Update Your Roster to Win Great Prizes for Your League (Reminder)
We are rewarding Leagues for great the work that they are doing to recruit and retain members and to keep the member database as up-to-date as possible.  As a way of saying thank you for all the hard work that Leagues do in maintaining these records, we are offering Staples gift cards and FREE registration to LWVUS Convention 2014.  To find out how to be entered to win, please click here. Remember that the deadline to be eligible to win a Staples gift card is January 20.  All other updates must be completed by January 31.  For assistance on working in the database, download the user manual or contact database@lwv.org.  Thank you for all your hard work on this process.



Agriculture Update (NEW)
The last few resource papers have been posted today to the website. There are 23 resource papers in all. The Agriculture Update Leaders’ Guide will also be posted soon and includes some tips on how to present the material together with suggested readings in the resource papers that would be most important for each of the consensus questions. Please use the Agriculture Update group in the LWVUS Forums or contact Agriculture Update Chair Norman Turrill at LWVTurrill@mac.com if there are more questions.

UN Commission on the Status of Women March 2014 Event!  Registration Deadline is January 15, 2014 (Final Reminder)
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) will be held from March 10-21 2014 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The priority theme is "Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls". The Commission will also evaluate progress in the implementation of the agreed conclusions from CSW55 in 2011 on "Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women's equal access to full employment and decent work".  League members are able to attend this important conference.  Please contact Mary Fox at mvfox@optonline.net to attend no later than January 15, 2014.  We are limited in the number of participants--so please register with Mary early.

Program Planning Response Form Online (UPDATED)
The Program Planning Response Form is now online!  Every two years state and local Leagues and ILO’s participate in the LWVUS Program Planning process by making recommendations concerning program issues.   The Program Planning process is an important League tool for identifying issues for study, review and update or concurrence.   Read the Program Planning Leaders Guide to assist you in your January/February 2014 Program Planning meeting.  If you have questions on the program planning process please email progplan@lwv.org. Also, please update the database to reflect who the program planning chair is for your League.

Welcome New LWVUS Senior Staff (NEW)
Over the past few months, LWVUS has hired two new senior directors. Kelly Gardner joined us in September as our new Chief Operating Officer (COO) bringing with her 20 years of experience in nonprofit management and consulting. Prior to joining the League staff, Kelly worked as a consultant to nonprofits and small businesses (including National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and National Coalition Against the Death Penalty) in the areas of accounting and finance, human resource systems, administrative and IT systems. Laura Zylstra joined the LWVUS staff as Senior Director of Development earlier this month. Laura comes to the League with 20 years of both nonprofit consulting and senior development management experience including Sojourners, Habitat for Humanity International and the National Organization on Disability.

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