It has been quite a week. On Sunday, League members literally from across the country converged on New York City to participate in a Climate Change March. On Tuesday, along with thousands of partners nationwide, the League celebrated National Voter Registration Day. At events around the country, League members reminded voters that every election is important and that registration deadlines are rapidly approaching. In total, Leagues sponsored 400 events. In New York City, the League and its partners set up tables, provided speakers and entertainment and most importantly, registered dozens of people to vote. But the New York City League was not alone. Around the country, Leagues used creative and entertaining means to draw attention to the importance of registering to vote. In North Carolina, there was a bluegrass concert; in Miami a large-scale community college event. And in hundreds of cities small groups of League members picked up their clipboards and registration forms to hit subway stations, bus stops, grocery stores, schools and baseball games. Please see the blurb below about reporting back to us about your important work.
In 2012 and 2013, on this single day, thousands of partners helped more than 350,000 voters get registered or update their registration nationwide. Already, we know that tens of thousands of voters were registered on Tuesday—with the numbers still pouring in. When the stats show one in four Americans is not registered to vote, yet 75 percent of those registered make it to the polls in major national election years, the importance of this day is obvious. Thank you to each and every League member that has registered voters, answered voters’ questions, organized a debate or forum, created a voters’ guide on VOTE411.org or elsewhere, or undertaken any other voters’ service activity. This is a busy time of year for all of us and you are very much appreciated! Keep up the great work!
Sample Questions for Candidate Forums/Debates (NEW)
LWVUS has developed updated suggested questions for Leagues hosting candidate events this fall. The questions were developed based on League priorities and also reflect the top issues of importance reported by voters and issues in the news. Please review the questions and utilize them as you can in your voter service activities!
National Voter Registration Day - Not Over Yet! (NEW)
Thank you to the hundreds of League volunteers who headed out to register voters as part of National Voter Registration Day! We are thrilled to have been such a significant part of this national celebration of democracy. IMPORTANT: Please take a moment to report your results by clicking on the link in an email you should have received Tuesday from Fiona Yau-Luu. You are asked to report only two things: how many volunteers you engaged, and how many voters you registered. Such data is critical to the future support for National Voter Registration Day and events like it. If you didn’t receive the email, or you have additional important feedback to share, please contact Maggie Duncan (email@example.com). We’ve created an album on Facebook compiling great photos sent in by Leagues. If you have voter registration photos to share with us, please send them to Renee Davidson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Four Last Minute Court Decisions Will Impact Voters This November (NEW)
Election related legal proceedings in four states will impact voters this November.
- Ohio: LWVOH and coalition groups have sued the state forcing them to reinstate early voting hours. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court affirmed a district court decision restoring early voting and expanding early voting hours. The State plans to appeal this decision.
- North Carolina: A three-judge federal panel met in Charlotte on Thursday, September 25 and will decide whether parts of the state’s controversial new election laws should be set aside for the November 4 election.
- Texas: A U.S. judge heard closing arguments on Monday, September 22 in a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring Texas voters to show photo identification at the polls, which plaintiffs argue is an attempt to suppress minority turnout.
- Wisconsin: A three-judge panel on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled September 12 that the state could implement its voter ID law before the midterm election, while it considers the merits of a case brought by WI Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. In response to that ruling, voting rights groups filed an emergency motion for a rehearing, suggesting that it be conducted before the full court. The state has responded to that appeal and we await the decision of the full court top see if they will hear the case.
Sample Voter Registration Social Media Content for Leagues (REMINDER)
Please use our new Sample Voter Registration Social Media Content document to help your state or local League utilize its social media channels for ultimate impact in promoting your voter registration efforts. We’ve included general information about key hashtags and images to use, as well as draft content and suggested timing. Please feel free to tailor these messages to fit the elections in your community.
EPA Clean Power Plan Comment Deadline Extended! (NEW)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the deadline for public comment on the proposed regulation to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants. The new deadline is December 1. League members wishing to comment on the proposal can send comments using the LWVUS action alert!
Thank You for Participating in the People’s Climate March (NEW)
Thank you to the League members who came from around the country to participate in the People’s Climate March in New York City. Over 400,000 people attended, making it the largest event in the fight against climate change ever!
League Endorses S. 2865, Senator Gillibrand’s Online Voter Registration Bill (NEW)
The League endorsed S. 2865, the Voter Registration Modernization Act which promotes the use of online voter registration. The LWV worked closely with Senator Gillibrand’s office in the development of the legislation, and let the Senator know that we endorsed the bill as it reached the final drafting stage. You can read the League’s endorsement letter online.
Webinar Opportunity from the YPBA: Membership Opportunities during Election Season (NEW)
Join the Young People’s Board Advisors for a webinar on October 8, 2014 at 8pm ET (7pm CT, 6pm MT and 5pm PT) discussing how barriers to voting that are facing young people are inspiring youth advocacy and the ways in which Leagues can be encouraging these advocates to join the fight to protect our democracy. Registration for this webinar is now open.
Thank You for Applying to be a Ruth S. Shur Fellow! (NEW)
Thanks to all of the extraordinary League leaders who have applied to join the 2015-2017 class of Ruth S. Shur Fellows, an integral part of the Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) program. The pool of applicants is truly impressive and includes leaders from many different states who offer a huge variety of League and life experiences to the MLD. Successful candidates will be notified of their selection in December.
A Huge Thank You to Our Summer Interns! (NEW)
As the fall semester kicks into high gear, LWVUS would like to take a moment to thank our three amazing summer 2014 interns for all of their hard work! Lily Klein-Evans from Northwestern University, Hana Migliorato from Tufts University, and Claudia Maisch from Binghamton University were a great addition to the LWVUS office this summer. You can read more about their experiences here. If you know of an undergraduate student interested in interning with LWVUS, please email email@example.com for more information. If your League is interested in starting an internship program of your own, you can find more information on that process in Chapter 3 of the YPTF Toolkit.
2012-2014 Impact on Issues Available for a Reduced Price (NEW)
We are having a sale on the remaining copies of 2012-2014 Impact on Issues. The price is now only $4 per copy (plus S&H)! It will have inserts with our updated/new positions (approved in 2014): Federal Agriculture Policies and Human Trafficking. Please visit our online League Store to purchase your copy today! Supplies are limited. The 2014-2016 edition of Impact will be available in 2015.