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The League Update


September 3, 2015

Dear Friend,

It is hard to believe that Labor Day is upon us. Labor Day traditionally marks the beginning of the year in many respects. Schools across the country will all be back in session next week, in many states and local communities fall election campaigns and preparations will begin in real earnest and many local Leagues will begin their official calendars. Here at LWVUS, we are delighted to kick off the final ‘year’ of the current biennium by announcing that Dr. Wylecia Wiggs Harris has been named as our new executive director.

Dr. Harris comes to us from the American Nurses Association where she worked for 11 years and currently serves as the chief operating officer. With more than 25 years of diverse association experience, she brings strong relationship management skills and a proven track record in successfully building and establishing organizations by providing leadership and vision for staff, volunteers and members.

As we look forward to our 100th anniversary in 2020, I am thrilled that Wylecia will be bringing her talents and leadership skills to the League. This is an exciting time for our organization and it is critical that we continue forward on the path to the next 100 years that we have set for ourselves. Wylecia’s considerable organizational skills and personal commitment to the League’s mission will be an incredible asset to the League as we continue to set a strategic vision and map the road to the future.

Welcome Wylecia!

In League,


League Leaders

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  • Coaches Make an Important Difference! (NEW)
  • Presentations from Council - Now with video! (NEW)


  • LWV Ohio Releases Report on Gerrymandering (NEW)
  • Voter Registration: Tools You Need (REMINDER)


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


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


Coaches Make an Important Difference! (NEW)
Ruth S. Shur Fellows, national coaches, are a core part of the Membership & Leadership Development (MLD) team and coaches nationwide are critical to growing the League and our impact nationwide! We will soon be opening the application process to become a Shur Fellow for the 2016-2018 class, so stay tuned, but in the meantime take a look at how Amy Hjerstedt describes what being a Shur Fellow means to her!

Presentations from Council - Now with video! (NEW)
Listen to Professor Daniel Tokaji’s presentation on ‘The New Soft Money’ from National Council 2015. There are plenty of resources available from Council, and don’t forget to check back as we continue to add more video.


LWV Ohio Releases Report on Gerrymandering (NEW)
Predictable Results: A Report from the League of Women Voters of Ohio Comparing 2011 Gerrymandering to the 2012 and 2014 Election Results concluded that Ohio’s legislative districts are rigged to yield completely predictable results. Voters can predict with 97 percent to 100 percent accuracy which party will win every single legislative race in the state, because the districts are that rigged. Read more about gerrymandering in Ohio and their work to pass a ballot initiative to amend their state constitution to change how legislative districts are drawn.

Voter Registration: Tools You Need (REMINDER)
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!


MIP State Paper and Template Now Posted (REMINDER)
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.


Share your Voter Registration Plans and Photos With Us (REMINDER)
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)
We are selecting a few Leagues 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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