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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

March 21, 2013

In This Issue:

ADVOCACY

  • Action Alert: Tell the U.S. Senate to keep the Budget Clean (NEW)
  • League sends letter to U.S. House on Gun Safety Legislation (NEW)
  • League Submits Comments on Proposed Health Insurance Applications (NEW)

 MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • MLD Tips: Advocacy as an Organizational Development Opportunity! (NEW)
  • Membership Growth in 2012: Highlighting LWV of Marion & Polk Counties (NEW)
  • Are You Engaging Your Community Around Earth Day Activities? (NEW)
  • It’s Budget Planning Time! (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND

ELECTIONS

  • March 27th Webinar on Civic Health Partnership in your Area (NEW)
  • Election Legislation Continues to be a Hot Topic in State Legislatures (NEW)
  • Promote your Candidate Debates and Forums on VOTE411! (NEW)
  • “Who Represents You” Pilot Program (NEW)

AGRICULTURE UPDATE

  • Get a Head Start on the Agriculture Update (NEW)

OTHER

  • Leaving a Legacy-One of the Easiest Ways to Support the League for Years to Come

 

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Dear Supporter,

Oral arguments in the case of Arizona vs. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. focused largely on the technical question of whether the provisions of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) preempt an Arizona law requiring documentary proof of citizenship. It is always impossible to predict outcomes in the current Supreme Court, so while the arguments in favor of the NVRA appeared to go well, it is important that we continue to remind our communities of the importance of the streamlined voter registration process that is the cornerstone of the legislation. Permitting Arizona or any other state, to require additional documentation defeats the purpose of the federal registration form, makes mail-in registration and citizen-led voter registration drives far more difficult thereby creating a barrier to registration that the NVRA was intended to eliminate.

We have already made good progress on drawing attention to the importance of this decision. The League has been mentioned or quoted in much of the national coverage (MSNBC, Associated Press, Talking Points Memo, Huffington Post LIVE, and The Washington Post) and we promoted the issue through a successful tweet chat last week. The media attention on this issue and on the fight to keep the important protections within the Voting Rights Act helps us remind the public that the fight to keep our elections free, fair and accessible to all voters is far from over. Leagues can help with this important work by tailoring this template press release for the media in your communities.

In League,
Description: Elisabeth


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Advocacy

Action Alert! Tell the U.S. Senate to keep the Budget Clean (NEW)
Stand up today and tell your Senators that the environment is not a bargaining chip in the federal budget. Tell your Senators to put people before polluters by protecting our environment, fighting climate change and saying no to the Keystone XL Pipeline.

League sends letter to U.S. House on Gun Safety Legislation (NEW)
The League sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives encouraging them to consider common sense solutions to gun violence issues.

League Submits Comments on Proposed Health Insurance Applications (NEW)
The League submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the application developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for entrance into the Exchange and Insurance Affordability Programs. These comments encourage the full compliance of the application and the application process developed by HHS with the requirements of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

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Membership and Leadership

MLD Tips: Advocacy as an Organizational Development Opportunity! (NEW)
In League, we generally think of our programmatic work as encompassing two large areas: action and education.  Both offer great opportunities for visibility, outreach and leadership development. The Membership and Leadership Development Program (MLD) has some helpful tips for simple, easy add-ons that can make a big difference. Learn how advocacy can be used as a vehicle for organizational development.

Membership Growth in 2012: Highlighting LWV of Marion & Polk Counties (NEW)
Congratulations to LWV of Marion & Polk Counties, Oregon for experiencing a 13.83 percent membership growth last year! Local League Co-President, Petra Berger, shared that consistent and varied activities combined with an increased media presence was the difference. As Petra noted, “there is more ‘buzz’ in our community about what the local League is doing,” and buzz is critical to finding new members. To learn more, check out the full article on our website.

Are You Engaging Your Community Around Earth Day Activities? (NEW)
Earth Day offers a chance to highlight the League’s great work over decades to protect our air and water quality. You have an opportunity to have this work featured by one of our national partners in community democracy building online.  AmericanTowns.com offers citizens a chance to learn about activities and volunteer for events in their communities. Please fill out this short survey  by April 8th and you will be included in their major Earth Day promotion!  

It’s Budget Planning Time! (NEW)
As Leagues begin preparations for their annual meetings (including creating a new budget for FY 2013-14), please remember that a sample budget can be found in the ABCs of Streamlining (see Appendix Q).  Leagues are encouraged to budget for at least one representative to attend National Convention 2014, which will be held in Dallas, TX.  The registration fee is $335. 

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Education Fund

Elections

March 27th Webinar on Civic Health Partnership in your Area (NEW)
A longtime League friend, the National Conference on Citizenship (NCOC), is hosting a Civic Health Partnerships webinar on March 27th from 2-3pm EDT. The webinar will cover opportunities to get involved in upcoming community civic data initiatives , which provide critical analyses about the civic health of our communities. Participating in a civic health initiative could be a visible and rewarding program for your League; consider attending the webinar to find out more! Register here.

Election Legislation Continues to be a Hot Topic in State Legislatures (NEW)
Numerous elections related bills are working their way through state legislatures this month. The ever-present threat of photo ID legislation is on the move in North Carolina and Arkansas. In Michigan a bill was introduced proposing to allow voters with disabilities to sign with stamps. 

Promote your Candidate Debates and Forums on VOTE411! (NEW)
Does your League have any candidate debates or forums coming up in 2013? Promoting your events on VOTE411 can help spread the word to voters in your communities. In 2012, over 375 League sponsored candidate debates were published on VOTE411. 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: event title, offices covered, date, time, location (venue name and address) and any other information voters might need.

“Who Represents You” Pilot Program (NEW)
LWV Education Fund is looking for Leagues who are interested in participating in a “Who Represents You” pilot project through VOTE411. “Who Represents You” will match people to their elected officials and feature name and contact information of the officeholder, and can include questions from your League and answers from the officeholders on issues important to your community, as well as information about public meetings and reports from League Observer Corps, etc. All of this information will be displayed on VOTE411 where voters can access their personalized “Who Represents You” information.

The goal is not only to provide citizens with the contact information for elected officials that represent them but also to provide a mechanism whereby the League can provide people with information regarding the issues the elected official is working on and information related to public meetings the official is involved in etc.  If you’re interested in participating in or learning more about this pilot project, please contact Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org) for more information.

Agriculture Update

Get a Head Start on the Agriculture Update (NEW)
The Agriculture Update Committee is just beginning to assemble materials and formulate content.  For those local and state Leagues that are interested in getting a head start, the committee suggests that you use the scope of the update as a guideline to select topics on which to initiate discussions with the local farm community, state departments of agriculture and other stakeholders.  Be sure to join the Agriculture Update member group in the League Forums.

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OTHER

Leaving a Legacy-One of the Easiest Ways to Support the League for Years to Come
Include the League of Women Voters Education Fund in your will and offer support to LWVEF's work for years to come. Contact the Development office for suggestions on the correct wording for your will or, if you already have a will, you can have your attorney add a codicil to include the LWVEF. After you've added the League, please contact the Development office so we can list you as a member of our Carrie Chapman Catt Legacy Society.

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