Sign up as a National Voter Registration Day partner by 8/15 to receive free materials (NEW)
Leagues who sign up as an official partner of National Voter Registration Day 2014 before August 15th will be guaranteed to receive the first batch of FREE posters and stickers available this year. We need nearly 200 more Leagues to sign up in order to reach our goal of remaining the #1 on-the-ground partner in this national celebration of democracy! Sign up as a partner at www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org. While you’re there be sure to check out the brand new website features and downloadable tools for participating partners.
LWVNC Lawsuit Asks Court to Halt Implementation of Voter Suppression Law (NEW)
North Carolina, a state with a history of voter discrimination against African-Americans, passed a law last year that requires voters to present photo identification and eliminates same-day voter registration (among other restrictions). This law is the most anti-voter law passed in the country in recent history. LWVNC is fighting to stop these new restrictions from being implemented through their lawsuit: League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Howard. This week LWVNC asked a judge to temporarily reinstate same-day voter registration, the longer early-voting period and allow 16 and 17 year-olds to pre-register to vote.
Voter registration webinar trainings coming soon (NEW)
Want a refresher course on voter registration best practices? Have new volunteers who would benefit from hearing about all the kinds of voter registration activities undertaken by Leagues across the country? Looking for ideas on maximizing visibility for your League during the upcoming election season? Join us for a FREE voter registration webinar training on either Friday, August 15 at 2pm EDT or Thursday, September 4 at 4pm EDT
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Young People and the League: Where do we go from here? (NEW)
As the Young People’s Task Force (YPTF) prepares to turn over their work to the newly appointed Young People’s Board Advisors (YPBA) many of you may be wondering what’s next? The YPTF Co-chairs and the YPBAs created this webinar to introduce the YPTF toolkit, discuss other available resources and ask for feedback from you on what your League would like to see in the future to aid in the recruitment of young League leaders. You can view the entire recorded webinar online.
Share How Your League was Visible This July 4th (NEW)
Did your League register voters over July 4th? March in a parade? Take part in a community festival? If so, let other Leagues know! Instructions for getting started on the Forums are available online.
Organizational Development Resources from Convention 2014 Online (REMINDER)
All of the resources from the trainings on Membership and Organizational Development are now posted on the website. These are great resources for delegates who attended Convention 2014 and wanted to reference specific PowerPoints or for League leaders who want to share handouts with members who could not make it to Dallas this year!
League Supports Action on DISCLOSE Act of 2014 (NEW)
The League sent a letter to the U.S. Senate in support of quick action to enact the DISCLOSE Act of 2014. The League also joined a letter with other reform groups in support of action on the DISCLOSE Act. The DISCLOSE Act would ensure that voters know the identity of donors who have been secretly financing campaign expenditures in federal elections. Members of the LWVUS Lobby Corps will also be visiting Senate offices to discuss the legislation.
League Disappointed by Decision in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell (NEW)
On June 30, the Supreme Court delivered its decision in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell. The decision “dealt a serious blow to women’s right to equal health care in America.” Please see the LWVUS press release on this case for additional reaction from the League.
VRAA moves forward in the U.S. Senate (UPDATED)
On the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to gut the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, the Senate Judiciary Committee finally held a hearing on the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA). This hearing in the Senate is the first step to ensuring voting rights are protected but we also need to keep the pressure on the U.S. House. Tell your Representative to move forward on voting rights. Use this press release template and template letter to the editor in your own communities to build support for voting rights!
EPA to Hold Public Hearings on New Carbon Regulation (REMINDER)
During the week of July 28, the EPA will hold public hearings in Pittsburgh, Denver, Atlanta and Washington, DC to gather feedback on the recently proposed regulations of carbon pollution from power plants. League members in these cities can sign up to provide testimony on these new regulations on the EPA’s website. League members who cannot attend the hearings should submit a comment to the EPA in support of these regulations.
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