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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

March 14, 2013

In This Issue:

ADVOCACY

  • Action Alert: Tell Your Senators to Pass Sensible Gun Legislation! (NEW)

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Join LWVUS for a Tweetchat TOMORROW on the National Voter Registration Act (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Congratulations to the New Class of Ruth S. Shur Fellows! (NEW)
  • Women’s History Month Press Template Available. Celebrate with League!(NEW)
  • Honor Your 50-Year Members at Your Annual Meeting!

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

  • NEW High School Voter Registration Kits- FREE! (NEW)
  • This is Sunshine Week (NEW)

OTHER

  • Share Your Studies - Share Our Strength at the LWV Clearinghouse! (NEW)
  • Honor an Outgoing Leader with a Limited-Edition League Pin! 

 

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Dear Supporter,

In a matter of just a few days, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a second, critically-important voting rights case this term, Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA). The LWVUS has submitted an amicus brief and the League of Women Voters of Arizona is a plaintiff in the case. The case will decide whether the landmark National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) or “Motor Voter” law prevents states from passing laws that restrict the voter registration process.  The NVRA requires states to provide voter registration opportunities when citizens get a driver’s license or seek government services at other agencies and provides for voter registration by mail, which is particularly important for citizen-led voter registration drives.

As the grassroots organization that led the push for enactment of the 1993 NVRA in order to streamline the confusing state-by-state matrix of voter registration laws, the League is deeply concerned that this case could reverse years of progress.  In anticipation of this case, LWVUS has issued a press statement, created a template release for Leagues to use until the case is heard on Monday, and published a blog post on The Huffington Post. LWVUS is planning to issue an additional template release next week that discusses both voting rights cases and will be for use following the arguments. Additionally, today, I will speak to reporters as part of a community press briefing and tomorrow the LWVUS will host a Tweetchat to help amplify our media and public outreach on this vital case.

Restricting voter registration is just one more way to limit Americans’ right to vote. States should not be allowed to play politics with the voter registration process, and we call on the Supreme Court to uphold the important protections that the NVRA provides. This case could put us on a slippery slope toward more and more restrictions on our right to register and have our vote counted. A bad decision by the Court will open the door for state legislatures to play politics with America’s voter registration process. We want our partners and voters to know that the League stands with them against this threat.

In League,
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Advocacy

Action Alert: Tell Your Senators to Pass Sensible Gun Legislation! (NEW)
In the coming weeks, Congress will consider legislation to end the gun violence that is plaguing our nation. It’s time to stop the violence. Legislation with common sense solutions to gun violence will protect our children, our citizens and help restore our public confidence. Tell the Senate to move forward with common sense gun legislation.

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Communications

 Join LWVUS for a Tweetchat TOMORROW on the National Voter Registration Act (NEW)
The Supreme Court is set to review the critical voting rights case, Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) next Monday. The stakes in the case are high: The ruling could gut the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993. That’s why, we’re hosting a tweetchat with a number of other civil and voting rights organizations to discuss the importance of the NVRA on Friday, 3/15 at 2 PM Eastern. Join us for this conversation by using the hashtag #NVRA.

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Membership and Leadership

Congratulations to the New Class of Ruth S. Shur Fellows! (NEW)
The LWVUS is proud to announce a new class of Ruth S. Shur Fellows has been selected for the 2013-2015 term as national coaches in the Membership and Leadership Development Program. We would like to congratulate the following League members on being selected: Nancy Eitreim (WA), Myra Evans (AL), Charolette Fox (CA), Peggy Hill (TX), Linda Johnson (KS), Eboni LaMar (MI), Donna Lauffer (KS), Linda Mahan (CO), Eileen Olmsted (PA), Lisa Plencner (IN), Haley Richards (FL), Elona Vaisnys (CT), Penney Van Vleet (WA), and Mary Wilson (NM). We welcome these accomplished League leaders to our team of national coaches!

Women’s History Month Press Template Available. Celebrate with League! (NEW)
Women’s History Month is a great time for the League of Women Voters to celebrate its heritage! Remind the public that we are here and making a difference by customizing this template or choose a different way to celebrate Women’s History Month this year.

Honor Your 50-Year Members at Your Annual Meeting!
Your annual meeting is a great time to pay tribute to your League’s dedicated 50 year members.  For a certificate to present to your 50 year members contact Betty Taira at membership@lwv.org; include the names of the members, your League information, and the date by which you need the certificates. Please request certificates at least two weeks in advance of your meeting. Check out LWVUS’ tips for a successful annual meeting.

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Education Fund

Elections

NEW High School Voter Registration Kits- FREE! (NEW)
Have you downloaded our new and improved “Empowering the Voters of Tomorrow” guide to conducting high school voter registration? Get started now! While you’re at it, learn more about Rock the Vote’s Democracy Class program. For a limited time, our friends at Rock the Vote are offering free organizing kits to the first 25 Leagues who inquire at info@democracyclass.com. The kits are a great addition to any League-led high school registration program!  

This is Sunshine Week (NEW)
When the League powered the vote for the 2012 Election, we reminded voters that ‘your vote is your voice.’ This week we honor Sunshine Week 2013, a nationwide effort to open up dialogue on the importance of transparency in government and freedom of information. The League is proud to co-sponsor this year’s signature event, National Freedom of Information Daybeing held in Washington, DC on March 15, 2013.  To learn more read our blog post, and remind your community about this important effort by submitting a letter to the editor

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OTHER

Share Your Studies - Share Our Strength at the LWV Clearinghouse! (NEW)

Visit the LWV Clearinghouse today where you will find League studies on more than fifty subject areas. The Clearinghouse was created in response to member requests to provide a central location for League studies at all levels.  Leagues in California, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington have responded with numerous studies; the latest addition, from Michigan, concerns immigration.

  • To find a study: browse by topic using the list on the left of the page or the search box at the top of the page.
  • To share a study: follow the instructions on the site.

The Clearinghouse was designed, built, and tested by League members and is staffed by League volunteers from across the country. If you would like to help maintain, promote, and improve the Clearinghouse, contact the Ad Hoc Committee at clearinghouse@leagueofwomenvoters.org.

League Growth Lapel PinHonor an Outgoing Leader with a Limited-Edition League Pin! (NEW)
Show your appreciation for an outgoing League leader with a limited-edition League lapel pin by making a donation to the future of the League of Women Voters in their name. You will receive a beautiful League lapel pin with a $50 donation or more to the Fund for Local League Growth. The FLLG is a special fund that solely supports local League grouth and vitality through the Membership and Leadership Development Program.  This program is making great strides to ensure a vibrant, healthy and strong League future by providinging training, technical support and coaching to local Leagues in membership recruitment, retention and leadership development.  Member contributions to the FLLG are critical to the long-term success of the Membership and Leadership Development Program.  Hurry – our inventory of pins is limited! 

Please, donate to the Fund for Local League Growth today!

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