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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

January 31, 2013

The deadline to update member rosters eXTENDED TO fEBRUARY 4. 

The member roster affects your PMP for this coming fiscal year. 

Make sure you update your member roster by midnight ET on February 4 (and maybe win a free convention registration).

In This Issue:

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Deadline to Update Member Roster Extended to Feb 4 (NEW)
  • Gain Local Press around the League’s Birthday – Press Template Available (NEW)
  • Priority on League Organizational Development Spreading (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND

  • ELECTIONS
    • New and Improved High School Voter Registration Training Manual (NEW)
    • Easily Track Elections in Your State (NEW)
  • GLOBAL DEMOCRACY
    • Photos from the 2012 G8 BMENA Global Initiative (NEW)
  • FAIR JUDICIARY
    • Legislature Advances Changes to South Carolina Judicial Election Process (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • LWVUS Amicus Brief before the Supreme Court (NEW)

OTHER

  • Support the Membership and Leadership Development Program

 

Get Started on the New League Forums

The League's aging discussion list system will be closing in early February 2013. In its place, we have built the League Forums, a new online community exclusively for League members and leaders. Don’t wait any longer, take the time today to log in and join the discussions on the League Forums.

Why should you join the League Forums?

  1. Like the discussion lists, the League Forums provide an opportunity to interact with fellow League members on specific topics and to share experiences and tools.
  2. The Forums notifications system allows you to decide if you want to follow a group (topic), a single discussion within a group, or even just a single person.
  3. All messages are archived online for future reference.
  4. You can easily build and manage your own personal profile.

LOG IN TODAY!

Go to www.lwv.org, click on LOGIN in the top red bar. Once logged in, use the Forums link in the left navigation bar. Members interested in learning more are welcome to view a recorded webinar introducing the new Forums.

Dear Supporter,

As January comes to an end, the word ‘change’ comes to mind in more than just the sense that we are changing from one month to another. The inauguration and various anniversaries remind us of the important change that many of us have seen in our lifetimes and the change that we would like to see for the future. This month we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade which, along with Griswold v. Connecticut, recognized a woman’s right to control her own body. As we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we remembered the vast change that the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act brought to the country. We look forward in the next few weeks to celebrating our own birthday and remembering the importance of women’s voices in our electorate.

The recent fights to preserve the change that we achieved in the last century, reminds us that making democracy work is an ongoing obligation that we all have. For many of us, as our state legislatures get back to work and the focus of our work shifts from the presidential election to state and local elections, the work to keep our democratic processes open and accessible to all continues.

Here in Washington this week, the LWVUS Board is meeting and change will be very much on our minds. What can we do, at the national level, to change the conversation here in the Capitol? What can we do to support our grassroots in finishing the fight for open and accessible elections? What can we do to insure that the League of Women Voters remains a force for change and force to be reckoned with now and into the future?

Change can be good, but it is always hard and it is up to us to do the hard work for good change.

In League,
Description: Elisabeth


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Membership and Leadership

Deadline to Update Member Roster Extended to Feb 4 (NEW)
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the maintenance glitch over the weekend to the LWVUS database. Because this occurred right before the reporting deadline for updating your roster, we are extending the deadline until Monday, Feb 4.  On Feb 5, the numbers will be “frozen.”  

The contest deadline for the Leagues with greatest percentage NET growth (with free LWVUS 2014 convention registration prizes for winners) has also been extended to Feb 4.  Please e-mail membership@lwv.org for assistance in updating your League roster.

Gain Local Press around the League’s Birthday - Press Template Available (NEW)
On February 14, the League of Women Voters celebrates 93 years of positive impact on American communities and democracy. This is a great opportunity to reach out to your local media. LWVUS has created a press template for your local League to use.  Remember that your League can raise visibility for the League’s work, highlight the value of League membership, and generate new members while celebrating the League’s history.

Priority on League Organizational Development Spreading (NEW)
Through the Membership and Leadership Development program (supported by the Fund for Local League Growth), all three levels of the League are working together to ensure the League continues its long history of making a positive impact on our democracy and on our communities nationwide.  Recently, LWV of Iowa and LWV of New Jersey held trainings to continue supporting local Leagues in membership and leadership development best practices. Cheers to our partners in organizational development! For more information, please contact SSanders@lwv.org.

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Education Fund

Elections

New and Improved High School Voter Registration Training Manual (NEW)
LWVEF updated its popular Empowering the Voters of Tomorrow training manual for 2013! This publication, available for free download on the League’s website, features a step-by-step guide to conducting effective high school voter registration drives. The manual is also chock-full of customizable, field-tested, planning checklists, template media statements, talking points, activity ideas and other materials to help you stay on track and get the most out of any registration events. Thanks to the many Leagues and other partners who provided feedback. Let’s get to work registering new voters this spring!

Easily Track Elections in Your State (NEW)
State legislatures are in full swing and with that have come a slew of election related legislation. Leagues are already working hard to defeat photo ID bills in MO, VA, IA, MT, NC, AR and AK. Keeping track of all these bills can be difficult but here is a site from the National Conference of State Legislators that can help you track bills in your state. 

Global Democracy

Photos from the 2012 G8 BMENA Global Initiative (NEW)
Photographs from the events of the 2012 G8 Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative (BMENA) are now available on the League of Women Voters Flickr site. View them here.

Fair Judiciary

Legislature Advances Changes to South Carolina Judicial Election Process (NEW)
The League of Women Voters of South Carolina is pleased to share continuing progress from the two-year Judicial Independence and Diversity Campaign conducted from 2010-2012.  On January 24, 2013, a South Carolina House Judiciary panel voted unanimously to advance a bill increasing the transparency of the judicial selection process by allowing the legislature to choose judges from among all candidates deemed qualified by the Judicial Merit Selection Commission (JMSC) rather than limiting the choice only to a slate of three judges selected by the commission.  

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Advocacy

LWVUS Amicus Brief before the Supreme Court (NEW)
The brief in Arizona v. Intertribal Council argues that the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) blocks a documentary proof-of-citizenship requirement to register to vote imposed by the state of Arizona.  The League of Women Voters of Arizona is one of the parties in the case.   

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OTHER

Support the Membership and Leadership Development Program

“I wouldn’t trade my League experience for anything!”

In this New Year, we hope that you will reflect on the personal gifts the League has given to you and consider making a gift to the Fund for Local League Growth (FLLG). As this quote reminds us, League is an experience like no other! The FLLG is a special fund solely designated to build the League’s infrastructure and support the Membership and Leadership Development program. The Membership and Leadership Development program is helping to ensure that the League’s future is vibrant, healthy and strong. Thank you in advance for your support!

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