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The League Update


August 27, 2015

Dear Friend,

Carrie Chapman Catt called for a League of Women Voters to “finish the fight” in a speech to the Golden Jubilee of the first grant of full voting rights to women. Mrs. Catt noted that every suffragist “will hope for a memorial dedicated to the memory of our brave departed leaders, to the sacrifices they made for our cause, to the scores of victories won...She will not be content with resolutions of self-congratulation; with speeches of tribute; nor will any suffragist propose a monument built of marble which few would see and fewer comprehend.”

As we mark the 95th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day this week, the truth of Mrs. Catt’s words is apparent. This day on a calendar, in the dog days of summer, is little noted except by those of us dedicated to finishing the fight that is never finished, the fight to keep our elections free, fair and accessible to every eligible voter. In 1919, with the fight for woman suffrage yet to be won, Mrs. Catt proposed “no marble, merely the most natural, the most appropriate and the most patriotic memorial that could be suggested — a League of Women Voters...” For members of that League, the truth of her proposal is evident in everything we do.

Today, the League and our voting rights partners are working to protect and expand voting rights across the country. As part of this work, the voting rights community is reaching beyond our traditional base to engage new supporters to rally alongside us as we call for proactive reforms to modernize and improve our elections systems like online voter registration and expanded early voting opportunities, while also advocating against attacks on voting rights like voter photo ID and proof of citizenship requirements. We’ll need our new “reserves” to join us as we call on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which was gutted of its key provisions by the U.S. Supreme Court two years ago.

Ninety-five years after women won the right to vote, we know that the trajectory of American history has always been to greater, not less, freedom for our citizens. But Making Democracy Work® has never been easy, nor is it ever finished. And as such, the fight Catt charged the League of Women Voters with at our founding continues today. We know that ultimately the movement for women’s right to vote was successful and we are the living legacy of that success.

In League,


League Leaders

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  • Nominating Committee: Embracing the Future and Connecting with a Nationwide Network (REMINDER)
  • FY2015-16 LWVUS Calendar Online (NEW)
  • LWV 95th Anniversary Messaging Available for Election Season (REMINDER)


  • Voter Registration: Tools You Need (NEW)
  • LAST CHANCE FOR FREE MATERIALS: National Voter Registration Day: Join 220+ Leagues on September 22! (REMINDER)
  • Promote your Candidate Debates and Forums on VOTE411! (REMINDER)


  • MIP State Paper and Template Now Posted (NEW)
  • New MIP Review Papers Available (REMINDER)
  • Constitutional Amendment Study Guide Available (REMINDER)


  • EPA Announces Final Carbon Regulation (REMINDER)


  • Share your Voter Registration Plans and Photos With Us (NEW)
  • National Voter Registration Day Template Press Release Available (REMINDER)
  • Websites: Could Your Web Site Be Easier? (REMINDER)


Nominating Committee: Embracing the Future and Connecting with a Nationwide Network (REMINDER)
The LWVUS will thrive with strong League leaders. For most of us the League experience is a stimulating journey. Along the way we learn new skills, form lasting relationships and grow in confidence as active participants in American democracy. Now is the time to take that next step or help another to realize her or his potential. If you are thinking of recommending yourself or a League colleague to serve as a member or chair of the LWVUS Nominating Committee, be assured that the responsibility to put forth a slate at the LWVUS Convention in 2018 will be rewarding and exciting work. A former chair of the Nominating Committee shares her experience in this quote, “The Nominating Committee puts you in close contact with League leaders across the country as you talk with them about their hopes and vision for League in the future.” Your role as a member of the Nominating Committee is definitely EMBRACING THE FUTURE: LEADING THE WAY. Forms are available here and the deadline is September 30, 2015.

FY2015-16 LWVUS Calendar Online (NEW)
A calendar of dates and deadlines of the LWVUS year is now available online. Use this tool to ensure your League’s participation in LWVUS-sponsored events and programs.

LWV 95th Anniversary Messaging Available for Election Season (REMINDER)
This year, as the League of Women Voters observes its 95th Anniversary and looks forward to its 100th, we proudly celebrate our rich history and embrace our bright future. These momentous anniversaries present a unique window of opportunity for the League to share our stories of achievement and our vision for the future. To help us speak as one strong League, we have developed a messaging toolkit that highlights our historical success and provides a platform for us to talk about our work today and into the future. Use these messages as the League comes into its most visible time of year: election season. To hear more from brand expert Michelle Molloy, please view this webinar.


Voter Registration: Tools You Need (NEW)
Voter registration season is underway and this is our chance to shine bright in our communities! LWVEF is pleased to offer a wide range of helpful training resources, including a recent voter registration training webinar recording, visibility tools, fundraising tips for voters service, our naturalization ceremony and high school voter registration guides, recommendations on deploying online voter registration technology at community events, and more!

LAST CHANCE FOR FREE MATERIALS: National Voter Registration Day: Join 220+ Leagues on September 22! (REMINDER)
Time is running out, sign up to host a voter registration drive in your community on September 22nd and be part of National Voter Registration Day! Leagues must sign up by September 1 in order to receive free posters and stickers to help promote your voter registration event. Join thousands of Leagues and other groups in celebrating democracy nationwide this year.

Promote your Candidate Debates and Forums on VOTE411! (REMINDER)
Does your League have any candidate debates or forums coming up in 2015? Promoting your events on VOTE411 can help spread the word 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 Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org): event title, offices covered, date, time, location (venue name and address) and any other information voters might need.


MIP State Paper and Template Now Posted (NEW)
The most recently posted Money in Politics paper highlights components of effective campaign finance reforms at the state and local level since the Citizens United decision in 2010. The paper covers disclosure; coordination; small donor funded elections; Pay-to-Play; and, oversight and enforcement. A state and local template is posted separately for Leagues to use in evaluating their state and local laws.

New MIP Review Papers Available (REMINDER)
Four Money in Politics papers have now been posted on the MIP page. These include Money in Politics: The Debate: Can Government Regulate Money in Politics? which looks at three of the ideological underpinnings of the debate about whether government can restrict money in politics, Money in Politics: Corruption and Rationales for Regulating Campaign Finance which outlines types or categories of corruption that have been offered in Court decisions and analyzed in legal scholarship, Money in Politics: The First Amendment which provides an overview of the 1st amendment as it pertains to campaign finance and Money in Politics: Shifts in Supreme Court Opinion about Money in Politics which provides an overview of the shifts in Supreme Court opinions about money in politics and the impact that has had on campaign finance laws and regulation. These and other MIP materials can be found on the MIP Review page. For questions or further information, please contact Barbara Zia, MIP Committee Chair at MIPCommitteeChair@lwv.org.

Constitutional Amendment Study Guide Available (REMINDER)
The Constitutional Amendment Study Guide is now available for Leagues. The Guide includes the Consensus Questions as well as Pro and Con Arguments, background materials and Points of View. In addition to the Study Guide, brief synopses of two articles by the committee on viewpoints on amending the Constitution espoused by Professors Kathleen Sullivan and Adrian Vermeule are also online. Additional information can be found on the CA Study Page. For questions or further information please contact Pat Donath, CA Committee Chair at CACommitteeChair@lwv.org.


EPA Announces Final Carbon Regulation (REMINDER)
Earlier this month, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and President Obama unveiled the final regulation limiting carbon from coal fired power plants! The Clean Power Plan will improve public health while saving lives, creating jobs and protecting our environment. League supporters have generated over 90,000 comments and letters in support of this historic regulation. Please show your support by signing our thank you card to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and President Obama thanking them for their leadership on this important regulation. You can also see our press release and blog for additional information on this life-saving regulation.


Share your Voter Registration Plans and Photos With Us (NEW)
Do you have exciting voter registration events planned for National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) on September 22nd? We'd love to highlight some state and local examples in the national communications we'll be putting out to support your NVRD efforts. We'll also be putting together a photo album of your great registration activities and would love to feature your photos. Please send details on your events and photos of any registration activities you've done this year to Stephanie Drahan (sdrahan@lwv.org).

National Voter Registration Day Template Press Release Available (REMINDER)
Leagues participating in National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) 2015 on September 22nd can start now to generate visibility for their activities and events by downloading and customizing this new template press release.

Websites: Could Your Website Be Easier? (REMINDER)
This August, a few Leagues will be selected to be “beta testers” for League Easy Web’s (LEW’s) upgraded easy-to-use, affordable web site service. These beta testers will privately test the new system, provide feedback, and then be the first sites to be upgraded in 2016. Beta testers will directly influence how easy and intuitive LEW will be. Read what you’d do as a LEW beta tester and then contact Jennifer Waggoner to get involved.


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