THE VOTER NEWSLETTER

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 MISSION: The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

 

THE VOTER                                                Sept 2014

    


The League of Women Voters is a local, state, and national nonpartisan organization.

            Please go to our LWV-Texas, state website, www.lwvtexas.org.  There you will find more voter information and the League positions.

           Our national League, LWVUS, www.lwvus.org, is actively working to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Go to this website and see the range of issues from voter rights, voter turnout, reforming money in politics, and defending the environment.

News from the League of Women Voters – Hill Country                                 LWVHillCountryTexas.org

 

MISSION: The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE                

League Members and Friends,



           

Join us in celebrating Women's Equality Day and the ratification in 1920 of the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to VOTE.   The League of Women Voters – Hill Country invites you to our two Women's Equality Day Celebrations. On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, noon - 1:30 p.m., at Bella Vita’s Restaurant's in Kerrville with our guest speaker, the Hon. Susan Harris, Kerr County Court at Law Judge.  Judge Harris’ topic is Women and the Law. 

In Fredericksburg at Andy’s Steak & seafood Grille the League meets at 6 p.m. for dinner with our guest speaker, Justice Patricia Alvarez of the Fourth District Court of Appeals.  Justice Alvarez’s topic is Leadership after the Suffrage Movement.             

 RSVP to President@LWVHillCountryTexas.org by 8/24/15.

See more details under Events.

 

            The League of Women Voters was founded just months before the passage of the 19th Amendment.  When the League's founder, Carrie Chapman Catt, spoke at the White House reception celebrating the 19th Amendment, she underscored the power of the vote saying, "The vote is the emblem of your equality, women of America."  She said.  "Progress is calling to you to make no pause. Act!"

 

            Your League of Women Voters-Hill Country begins our new year with an emphasis on voter registration.  We urge you to be trained as a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar in your county.  Contact the county Election Department for training details.  To this end the League is sponsoring a Kerr County Election Office’s Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar Training, Thursday, September 10 at Riverside Nature Center.  See the details below under Events. 

                                                                   

            Then we are asking each Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar to select a location and make arrangements to register voters there on National Voter Registration Day, September 22.


            Thanks to our members for your time and energy as we get the word out - Your Vote Matters.

 

Respectfully,

Meg Scott-Johnson,

President LWV-HC

President@LWVHillCountryTexas.org.

 

JOIN US - League Membership

 

If you are not a member of the League, we invite you to join us. A membership application is on our website or you may contact Mary Ellen Summerlin, Membership.  Our dues are prorated from January. So in September an individual membership is $20 for new memberships; and for two or more adults in a household, $28.  Please make your check to LWV-Hill Country and mail to LWV-HC, PO Box 290303, Kerrville, TX 78029-0303.

 

STAY CONNECTED

            Visit our website: LWVHillCountryTexas.org

 

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EVENTS

            The League’s Women's Equality Day Celebration, Wednesday, August 26, 2015, noon - 1:30 p.m., at Bella Vita’s Restaurant's Private Dining Room, 1550 Junction Highway, Kerrville, TX with our guest speaker, the Hon. Susan Harris, Kerr County Court at Law Judge.  Judge Harris’ topic is Women and the Law.              RSVP to President@LWVHillCountryTexas.org by 8/24/15.

 

The League of Women Voters-Hill Country Women Equality Day Dinner in Fredericksburg will be held Wednesday, August 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Andy’s Steak & Seafood Grille, Private Dining Room, 413 S. Washington St.  League member and Treasurer Janice Rode Zitelman will introduce our speaker and League member the Honorable Patricia Alvarez of the Fourth District Court of Appeals.   Justice Alvarez’s topic is Leadership after the Suffrage Movement. 

RSVP to President@LWVHillCountryTexas.org by 8/24/15.

 

The League of Women Voters honors the 95th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment to

the U.S. Constitution.   The amendment, initially introduced in 1878 was finally approved 42 years later in August 1920.  With its passage, women were granted the right to vote in the United States.

Please join us for one or both of these celebrations and interesting discussions.  This is an open meeting for all who have interest in Women's Equality Day.  (Separate checks.)

 

 

VOTER REGISTRATION and VOTER ID INFORMATION

 

Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar Training

            Interested in registering voters?  Contact your county Election Department for information.

 

In Kerr County, Thursday, September 10th from Noon – 1:00 p.m., a Kerr County Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar Training will be at the Riverside Nature Center.  This is a free training conducted by the Kerr County Election Department Staff.  If you would like to be certified as a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar so that you may register voters (or are in need of renewal training), please call 830-792-2242 to RSVP for the training.  Information about Voter Id and all early voter information are included in this training.

With this training one may then register voters any time and especially on National Voter Registration Day September 22.  

 

National Voter Registration Day

The League of Women Voters is encouraging voter registration events throughout the Hill Country on National Voter Registration Day Tuesday, September 22, 2015.  Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrars are asked to select a location in your county and make arrangements with that location to register voters there. Suggestions are businesses, daycares, long-term care facilities, senior center, the library, and health clubs. Our experience is that registered voters often have not changed their address after a move.  One does not need to be a League member to participate.  One does need to be a trained Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar.  Contact your county election department for training times. (Please do not contact the high schools. The League will contact the schools in the spring when more students are age 18.) 

            When you secure a voter registration site for National Voter Registration Day, please inform our president who will help publicize your location and times for voter registration.  President@LWVHillCountryTexas.org.  

 

 

 

The League of Women Voters is a local, state, and national nonpartisan organization. 

 

            Please go to our LWV-Texas, state website, www.lwvtexas.org.  There you will find more voter information and the League positions.  The League develops our positions after study and consensus.

 

The most recent League position is on the issue of human trafficking is Texas. Our position:

 

The League of Women Voters of Texas is opposed to all forms of domestic and international human trafficking of adults and children, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking. We consider human trafficking to be a form of modern-day slavery and support measures to prevent the use of force, fraud or coercion to exploit a person for sexual or labor purposes, to prosecute traffickers and to protect victims.

 

Because human trafficking in and through Texas is a major issue our local League created an online learning portal for educators and the public to be more informed.  Go to https://lwvedu.expertlearning.net/.  TEA has now approved our learning portal for teacher continuing education credits. Please share this information with all teachers, as this is free continuing education credits.

 

The upcoming study for Leagues in Texas is Payday and Title Loans.  More information about this League study will be in the next newsletter, THE VOTER.

 

There will be eleven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution on the November 3, 2015 Ballot.  LWV-Texas will issue a VOTERS GUIDE for this election.  Our League of Women Voters-Hill Country will purchase and send electronic copies of THE VOTERS GUIDE for the NOVEMBER 3, 2015 ELECTION to all newspapers in the Texas Hill Country.  The VOTERS GUIDE will also be available on our website in English and in Spanish.

 

            

Our national League, LWVUS, www.lwvus.org, is actively working to influence public policy through education and advocacy.  Go to this website and see the range of issues from voter rights, voter turnout, reforming money in politics, and defending the environment.

 

OUR LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS-HILL COUNTRY LEADERSHIP TEAM

President/Spokesperson: Meg Scott-Johnson, President@LWVHillCountryTexas.org

Treasurer: Janice Zitelman

Membership: Mary Ellen Summerlin

Webmaster: Maggie Marsh-Nation  

Member-at-large: Vicki Kelly, Jennifer Pinson, and Melinda Wasson

           

IMPORTANT LINKS ON OUR WEBSITE: LWVHillCountryTexas.org

            Register to vote: Registration information

           

PLEASE CONSIDER:

            Helping fund our State League, LWV-TX.

            Do you purchase from Amazon?  Please donate 0.5% of your purchase to LWV-Texas.

            Instructions can be found on our web site, www.lwvtexas.org. Scroll down - it's way down there.

            Or - just save these instructions:

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Thereafter, for your purchase to count for the donation, log into http://smile.amazon.com

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  LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS-KERRVILLE AREA LEADERSHIP TEAM

President/Spokesperson: Meg Scott-Johnson, President@lwv-kerrvillearea.org          

Treasurer: Janice Zitelman

Membership: Mary Ellen Summerlin

Webmaster: Maggie Marsh-Nation  

Member-at-large: Vicki Kelly, Jennifer Pinson, and Melinda Wasson

       

IMPORTANT LINKS ON OUR WEBSITE 

            Sign up to volunteer with LWV: On-line Volunteer Form

            Enroll in Women’s Talent Bank: Women's Talent Bank online application

            Register to vote: Registration information

            Join the League of Women Voters: Membership information

            eLearning portal:  www.lwvedu.org


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