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                                              

I Know My Vote Will Count!

The League of Women Voters wants every eligible voter to take control and exercise their right to vote.  These elections are about our jobs, our health, our communities, our security, and our future.  Vote411.org is the single best resource to help voters get ready to vote on or before November 8.  Vote411.org prepares voters with more information about candidates, up and down the ballot, and issues, than any other voter resource.  

Voting is our opportunity as Americans to have a say in our community and to support our future. You should know that your vote counts and that it will make a difference.  In the 2012 election (last presidential election) many eligible voters did not take part in their democracy as you can tell from this data of our local area.

·       Bandera County 57%

·       Edwards Country 54%

·       Gillespie County 66%

·       Kendall County 68%

·       Kerr Country 57%

·       Kimble County 58%

·       Real County 52%

Early voting numbers indicate that citizens are taking action to ensure that their voice is heard in this election.   Early voting continues through Friday, November 4.  Of course, if you have not voted before Tuesday, November 8, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  You can find your local polling place by entering your address at Vote411.org.  If you have any concerns about the activity at your polling place, please contact LWV, your county elections office or the Texas Secretary of State.

The challenges we face in getting out to vote are minimal in comparison to many voters in other parts of the world!

 

Voter Registration In Texas Increased

October 13, 2016, Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos announced Texas has more than 15 million registered voters, an all-time high number for the state.  The last day to register was October 11 and LWV Hill Country had its 11th voter registration event that day at Tivy High School.  In Kerr County our League registered 80 voters and provided voter information to many more.  As of October 13 the number of registered voters in Texas was 15,015,700, which is about 78 percent ot Texas’ estimated voting age population of 19,307,355.  In the last presidential election year, Texas had 13,646,226 registered voters or 75 percent of the voting age population.

 

“Not In Our Backyard”

The League of Women Voter’s study of Human Trafficking several years ago has evolved into more action on the part of the local League.  In addition to advocating for changes in legislation and providing an online course on issues of human trafficking we are continuing to make efforts to educate members of our community.  Along with the American Association of University Women, and Hill Country CARES our League will co-sponsor a workshop for hospitality industry managers and law enforcement personnel of the hill country.  The workshop will take place in Kerrville on November 15 at the YO Hotel, 10:00-12:00 a.m. Charles “Chuck” Paul will be the presenter.  Mr. Paul is a Desert Storm veteran with over ten years of federal service and twelve years of Texas state service. He is well qualified on the topic through his active involvement in the creation of cooperative multidisciplinary protective services actions with law enforcement, medical professionals, protective services, and social service providers. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Alamo Area Coalition Against Trafficking and is Chair of the Facilities Committee.  Currently Chuck is President of the Alamo Youth Center, Inc., a nonprofit agency working to develop a transition rescue and restorative facility for youth victims of commercial exploitation.  He has presented seminars to hospitality industry leaders about the commercial exploitation of children and adults, and how the industry can effectively stop this in their venues. 

 

Belk Charity Day Sale – Saturday, November 5, 6:00-10:00 a.m.

Belk Department Store in Kerrville offers local charities an opportunity to fund raise at the same time that shoppers can benefit by purchasing items at greater savings.  Shoppers use a ticket, purchased for $5 and then redeemed for $5 on their special Charity Day Sale purchases.  Our local LWV Hill Country benefits from this special sale and uses the proceeds to support activities such as voter registration, voter forums, and voter education throughout the year.  If you cannot shop on November 5, you can still take advantage of the special sale prices by pre-shopping and picking up your merchandise after the sale begins.  If you would like to obtain tickets, contact a local League member or email presidentlwvhc@gmail.com.  Thank you for supporting LWV and other local charities.

 

Holiday Gathering LWV Hill Country members and guests will gather to celebrate the accomplishments of this election year and to anticipate the opportunities and challenges yet to come.  This is a pot luck event with the meat dish being provided.  The location of the Gathering will be the home of members, Meg Scott-Johnson and Dr. Richard Johnson, 438 Timber Ridge Drive, in Kerrville on Saturday, December 17, beginning at 5:00 P.M.  Please plan to RSVP by December 10 to presidentlwvhc@gmail.com.

Future Events

November 8, 7:00am-7pm, ELECTION DAY

 

January 29-30, 2017, LWV Lobby Days at the Capitol in Austin

 

April 26-30, 2018, LWV Texas convention in Kerrville

 

Respectfully,
Janice Zitelman

President LWV – Hill Country

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JOIN US - League Membership

Be a member of the League; we invite you to join us!  A membership application is on our website or you may contact Bunny Bond, Membership Chair at 830-377-9940.  Our League annual dues month are $60 for an individual or $85 for two in a household, and $30 for student membership.  Our dues are prorated from January. Include your name(s), address, email address, and phone number. Make your check to LWV-Hill Country; mail to LWV-HC, PO Box 290303, Kerrville, TX 78029-0303.  Join the League and help make democracy work.

 

STAY CONNECTED

            Visit our website: LWVHillCountryTexas.org

 

            Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/League-of-Women-Voters-Hill-Country-Texas/339618902798405.  The LWV-Hill Country welcomes your questions! Post to this Facebook page or submit questions via e-mail to PresidentLWVHC@gmail.com.

 

 

LEAGUE of WOMEN VOTERS

            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 LWV-Texas position on the issue of human trafficking in Texas: 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.  Go to http://lwvtxedu.org for the free, four-hour TEA continuing credit course on issues of human trafficking. Teachers, take note of this!  This is the online course for which we received the state award.

 

            Our latest League State Study in Texas is Payday and Title Loans.  Focus: Explore the current regulations on payday and auto-title lenders in Texas and the accessibility and impact of these loans in the community.   Scope: Define a payday loan, an auto-title loan, and the typical borrower. Research the history of the payday/auto-title industry in Texas over the past decade and describe the impact of regulations on the industry. Determine the current demand for loans in Texas and the economic impact of these loans on communities. Determine the typical interest rate charged and the usual length of time that it takes to pay loans. LWV-Texas now has a position on payday and title loans from which to advocate for legislative reforms.

             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: Janice Zitelman, presidentlwvhc@gmail.com

Treasurer: Bonnie Powers

Membership: Bunny Bond

Voters Service: Maggie Marsh-Nation

Webmaster: Jennifer Pinson           

Member-at-large: Sue Colley, Marie Miller, Leahanna Young

                       

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:

On your Amazon account:

            Search out Amazon Smile; select League of Women Voters of Texas Education Fund as your charity

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

The program will send you an email to install buttons into your browser to make this step easier.

Questions? Email lwvtexas@lwvtexas.org  Thank you for your donation! 

                                   October 2016

 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,

 

Voters Guide

The League of Women Voters of Texas Voters Guide is available in both English and Spanish at the www.lwvtexas.org website.  Printed guides will be available in the community in such central locations as the Butt-Holdsworth Library, Dietert Center, and others.  In addition to reviewing the Voters Guide you may also log onto www.vote411.org which contains information on more local races not contained in the Voters Guide.

 

Voting Dates and Locations

Kerr County Early Voting Dates and Locations:  Cailloux Theater & West Kerr County Annex


 

Monday

 

Oct. 24

 

8 am – 5pm

 

Tuesday

 

Oct. 25

 

8 am – 5pm

 

Wednesday

 

Oct. 26

 

8 am – 5pm

 

Thursday

 

Oct. 27

 

8 am – 5pm

 

Friday

 

Oct. 28

 

8 am – 5pm

 

Saturday

 

Oct. 29

 

9 am – 2 pm

 

Sunday

 

Oct. 30

 

1 pm – 4 pm

 

Monday

 

Oct. 31

 

7 am- 7 pm

 

Tuesday

 

Nov. 1

 

7 am- 7 pm

 

Wednesday

 

Nov. 2

 

7 am- 7 pm

 

Thursday

 

Nov. 3

 

7 am- 7 pm

 

Friday

 

Nov. 4

 

7 am- 7 pm


Election Day – Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the precinct shown on Voter Registration Card

Bandera County – Call 830-796-8146

Gillespie Country – Call 830-997-6515

Kendall County – Call 830-331-8701

Voter ID- What to take to the Poll

The most acceptable types of photo ID (not expired more than 4 years) include the following:

·       Driver License

·       Election Identification Certificate

·       Personal Identification Card

·       Concealed Handgun License

·       Military ID with photograph

·       Citizenship or naturalization certificate containing photograph’

·       Passport

OR, you may use ANY of the following and also sign a simple form indicating you don’t have one of the other seven in the list.  Other identification allowed:

·       Valid voter registration certificate (card)

·       Certified birth certificate

·       Current utility bill

·       Bank statement

·       Government check

·       Paycheck

·       Any other government document with a voter’s name and address

Be aware of the facts:  election official cannot question you about your use of an ID type; poll watcher may never question you about Voter Id issues; the address on your ID does not have to match your voter registration address; and keep your voter registration up-to-date.

 

YOUR VOTE MATTERS

VOTE IT COUNTS, a17 minute presentation, can be viewed on You Tube at   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8KJhfjQY8g.  The presentation highlights the importance of voting and will also be made available in person upon request.  Email us at presidentlwvhillcountry@gmail.com

 

LWV Hill Country - EDUCATING AND ENGAGING

During the past month our League has held a voting forum in which 9 candidates vying for U.S. Representative District 21, Texas Senate District 24, Texas House District 53, State Board of Education Region 5, and Fourth Court of Appeals, Place 6 participated.  Citizens had the opportunity to ask questions of each candidate as they rotated within the room.  If you were not able to attend a video of the forum can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnaumbcsXks.  League members have worked diligently to register voters at ten different sites.  During the registration process they also provided vote by mail applications and distributed “Handy Dandy Guide” brochures while answering questions and urging voters to seek information on the candidates.  Voting is the most powerful way to have your voice heard, and it is the core of our democracy.  The League works all year, every year to empower all eligible voters to participate in our political system.

 

Texas County Website Evaluation

As a nonpartisan political organization, the League of Women Voters of Texas (LWV-TX) encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. Essential to informed citizens who vote is election information. This study was undertaken to assess the online availability and adequacy of election information on official county websites in Texas. During the last 2 weeks of August 2016, an online survey of the 242 existing official Texas county websites was conducted. Official county websites were not located for 12 (5%) of the 254 counties.  Ten LWV-TX volunteers administered a 6-item, closed-response questionnaire that measured the adequacy of election information on the websites. The items measured criteria that were adapted from County Election Website Evaluation, a survey conducted by Ballotpedia, The Encyclopedia of American Politics, in 2012 (https://Ballotpedia.org/County_election_website_evaluations). Kerr County received an “Honorable Mention”, an overall score of 4-Very good.  Way to go, Kerr County Elections Office Staff!  The full report can be reviewed at http://lwvtexas.org/files/Rpt_Eval_Co_Websites_160927.pdf.  Other counties in the Hill C

 

Future Events

October 14, 12 noon @ Fuddrucker’s, Kerrville – membership meeting (members and guests welcome). We have a number of important upcoming events. Learn how you can be involved in Making Democracy Work!

 

November 5, 6:00-10:00am, Belk Charity Day Sale, $5 ticket price is redeemed for $5 off your first purchase during this sale.  The ticket sales help support LWV Hill Country activities throughout the year.

 

January 29-30, 2017, Lobby Days at the Capitol in Austin

 

April 26-30, 2018, LWV Texas convention in Kerrville

 

Respectfully,
Janice Zitelman

President LWV – Hill Country

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JOIN US - League Membership

Be a member of the League; we invite you to join us!  A membership application is on our website or you may contact Bunny Bond, Membership Chair at 830-377-9940.  Our League annual dues month are $60 for an individual or $85 for two in a household, and $30 for student membership.  Our dues are prorated from January. Include your name(s), address, email address, and phone number. Make your check to LWV-Hill Country; mail to LWV-HC, PO Box 290303, Kerrville, TX 78029-0303.  Join the League and help make democracy work.

 

STAY CONNECTED

            Visit our website: LWVHillCountryTexas.org

 

            Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/League-of-Women-Voters-Hill-Country-Texas/339618902798405.  The LWV-Hill Country welcomes your questions! Post to this Facebook page or submit questions via e-mail to PresidentLWVHC@gmail.com.

 

 

LEAGUE of WOMEN VOTERS

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

 

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

 

 

The LWV-Texas position on the issue of human trafficking in Texas: 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.  Go to http://lwvtxedu.org for the free, four-hour TEA continuing credit course on issues of human trafficking. Teachers, take note of this!  This is the online course for which we received the state award.

 

            Our latest League State Study in Texas is Payday and Title Loans.  Focus: Explore the current regulations on payday and auto-title lenders in Texas and the accessibility and impact of these loans in the community.   Scope: Define a payday loan, an auto-title loan, and the typical borrower. Research the history of the payday/auto-title industry in Texas over the past decade and describe the impact of regulations on the industry. Determine the current demand for loans in Texas and the economic impact of these loans on communities. Determine the typical interest rate charged and the usual length of time that it takes to pay loans. LWV-Texas now has a position on payday and title loans from which to advocate for legislative reforms.

             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: Janice Zitelman, presidentlwvhc@gmail.com

Treasurer: Bonnie Powers

Membership: Bunny Bond

Voters Service: Maggie Marsh-Nation

Webmaster: Jennifer Pinson           

Member-at-large: Sue Colley, Marie Miller, Leahanna Young

                       

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:

On your Amazon account:

            Search out Amazon Smile; select League of Women Voters of Texas Education Fund as your charity

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

The program will send you an email to install buttons into your browser to make this step easier.

Questions? Email lwvtexas@lwvtexas.or








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.


THE VOTER September 2016 (to download your copy, scroll down) 

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE                

League Members and Friends Are you prepared to make an informed decision in the upcoming election?
  The League of Women Voters is well known for its non-partisan information.  You will have the opportunity to learn more about candidates and their positions in a variety of ways.  You can meet many of them in person at the upcoming forum in Kerrville on September 17.  The forum will be videotaped by KerrvillePhoto.com and posted to our website.  Additionally, there will be print versions and electronic versions of the Voter Guide available in mid-October.  Leagues across the state are in the process of sending questionnaires to candidates and the responses will be posted on Vote411.org in mid-October. Please, take the time to study before you vote.

Candidate Forum

Saturday, September 17, Candidates for U.S. Representative District 21, Texas Senate District 24, Texas House District 53, State Board of Education Region 5, and Fourth Court of Appeals, Place 6

will participate in a League of Women Voters-Hill Country Candidates Forum in rooms J&K at the Dietert Center, 10:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M. Candidates who have agreed to participate in the forum include

·       Mark Loewe and Tom Wakely for U.S. House District 21

·       Jason Pulliam and Irene Rios for Texas 4th Court of Appeals Place 6

·       Dr. Rebecca Bell-Metereau and Ricardo Perkins for Texas State Board of Education District 5

·       Jennie Lou Leeder for Texas Senate District 24

·       Stephanie Ertel and Andrew Murr for Texas House District 53

Brian Holk candidate for Texas House District 53 and Dr. Dawn Buckingham candidate for Texas Senate District 24 declined due to scheduling conflicts.  Invitees who did not respond to invitations were Ken Mercer for Texas State Board of Education, Lamar Smith and Antonio Diaz for U.S. House District 21. Candidates will have the opportunity to make open and closing statements.  The core of the program will enable citizens to meet with the candidates in a small group. While the audience remains seated around tables throughout the forum the candidates will rotate to different tableS at timed intervals. The forum is free and open to the public.

September 27 is National Voter Registration Day!

Voter Registration Events will be held at Peterson Regional Hospital outside the cafeteria at lunchtime, Dietert Center 11:00-1:00, and Gibson’s Discount Center 4:00-7:00pm.  Registration will also take place at the Kerrville Veterans Hospital 7:00-5:00 on October 6 and at Tivy High School lunch period on October 11.  You can register at the County Courthouse and the Secretary of State has a website where you can register or check if you are already registered, www.Votetexas.gov.

Voter ID- What to take to the Poll

The most acceptable types of photo ID (not expired more than 4 years) include the following:

·        Driver License

·       Election Identification Certificate

·       Personal Identification Card

·       Concealed Handgun License

·       Military ID with photograph

·       Citizenship or naturalization certificate containing photograph’

·       Passport

OR, you may use ANY of the following and also sign a simple form indicating you don’t have one of the other seven in the list.  Other identification allowed:

·       Valid voter registration certificate (card)

·       Certified birth certificate

·       Current utility bill

·       Bank statement

·       Government check

·       Paycheck

·       Any other government document with a voter’s name and address

Be aware of the facts:  election official cannot question you about your use of an ID type; poll watcher may never question you about Voter Id issues; the address on your ID does not have to match your voter registration address; and keep your voter registration up-to-date.

“Handy Dandy Guide”

Pamphlets are available in both English and Spanish providing information and websites with requirements for registering, voting, and identification.  If you would like to have pamphlets for groups or individuals, please email us at presidentlwvhc@gmail.com

VOTE IT COUNTS

This short presentation which highlights the importance of voting is available upon request. The emphasis of the narrative helps voters understand why their vote makes a difference. Let us know if you would like to hear and see “VOTE IT COUNTS”.

Respectfully,

Janice Zitelman

President LWV – Hill Country

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JOIN US - League Membership

Be a member of the League; we invite you to join us!  A membership application is on our website or you may contact Bunny Bond 830-377-9940, Membership.  Our League annual dues month are $60 for an individual or $85 for two in a household, and $30 for student membership.  Our dues are prorated from January. Include your name(s), address, email address, and phone number. Make your check to LWV-Hill Country; mail to LWV-HC, PO Box 290303, Kerrville, TX 78029-0303.  Join the League and help make democracy work.

STAY CONNECTED

            Visit our website: LWVHillCountryTexas.org

            Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/League-of-Women-Voters-Hill-Country-Texas/339618902798405.  The LWV-Hill Country welcomes your questions! Post to this Facebook page or submit questions via e-mail to PresidentLWVHC@gmail.org.

LEAGUE of WOMEN VOTERS

            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 LWV-Texas position on the issue of human trafficking in Texas: 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.  Go to http://lwvedu.org for the free, four-hour TEA continuing credit course on issues of human trafficking. Teachers, take note of this!  This is the online course for which we received the state award.

            Our latest League State Study in Texas is Payday and Title Loans.  Focus: Explore the current regulations on payday and auto-title lenders in Texas and the accessibility and impact of these loans in the community.   Scope: Define a payday loan, an auto-title loan, and the typical borrower. Research the history of the payday/auto-title industry in Texas over the past decade and describe the impact of regulations on the industry. Determine the current demand for loans in Texas and the economic impact of these loans on communities. Determine the typical interest rate charged and the usual length of time that it takes to pay loans. LWV-Texas now has a position on payday and title loans from which to advocate for legislative reforms.

             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: Janice Zitelman, presidentlwvhc@gmail.com

Treasurer: Bonnie Powers

Membership: Bunny Bond

Voters Service: Maggie Marsh-Nation

Webmaster: Jennifer Pinson           

Member-at-large: Sue Colley, Marie Miller, Leahanna Young

                       

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:

On your Amazon account:

            Search out Amazon Smile; select League of Women Voters of Texas Education Fund as your charity

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

The program will send you an email to install buttons into your browser to make this step easier.

Questions? Email lwvtexas@lwvtexas.org  Thank you for your donation! 


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,

As everyone in the country knows a major election is less than 3 months away.  Our vision is empowered citizens.  Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote.  As of November 2012 Kerr Country had 86% of the eligible voters registered and Gillespie County had 97% registered.  Unfortunately only 57% of those registered in Kerr County voted and only 67% of those in Gillespie County voted in 2012.  Texas is near the bottom in voter turnout and we want to improve that record. In the next few months we will work to register, educate, and engage voters so they can be heard.

Friday, August 26, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day beginning at noon at the Dietert Center.  We celebrate earning the right to vote in 1920, discuss other milestones toward equality and acknowledge what is yet to be accomplished to claim true equality for all. If you would like to attend the luncheon please email presidentlwvhc@gmail.com by Sunday, August 21.

Thursday, September 1, we host the Kerr County Elections Office for a Volunteer Voter Registrar Training 12:00-1:00 P.M. at Riverside Nature Center.  If you would like to attend please RSVP to the Elections Office, 792-2242. 

Saturday, September 17, Candidates for U.S. Representative District 21, Texas Senate District 24, Texas House District 53, State Board of Education Region 5, and Fourth Court of Appeals, Place 6

will participate in a League of Women Voters-Hill Country Candidates Forum in rooms J&K at the Dietert Center, 10:00 A.M.-12:30 Noon. This forum will be somewhat different than previously experienced.  We are calling it a Round Robin Question and Answer.  While the audience is seated at round tables throughout the forum the candidate will rotate to a different table at timed intervals.  Citizens will be encouraged to bring questions to ask of the candidates.  Rules of civil discourse will be posted to encourage positive and open conversation. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages citizens to be informed and active in government.  Being nonpartisan means that the League does not support any political party or candidate. The League looks forward to hosting this forum for local citizens. The forum is free and open to the public.

“VOTE IT COUNTS!” is a presentation which discusses voter turnout in your county compared to Texas and the nation, the impact of low voter turnout, and why an individual's vote counts. LWV Hill Country is prepared to share this presentation at staff meetings, club meetings, or to any group that wants to encourage voter participation.  Please respond to this email if you would like to have a League member to provide this informative and motivational presentation on voting.  The presentation is approximately 30 minutes.

NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY IS SEPTEMBER 27.  The League will have various sites in the community to register voters on that date and prior to October 11, the last date to register in order to vote in the November 8 General Election.

Your Vote Matters!

Our LWV-Hill Country was awarded a grant for Get Out the Vote Efforts (GOTV) 

We will have brochures available with great information on how to vote, websites to review, etc.  The brochures are both in English and Spanish.  Please email us if you would like some brochures

Respectfully,
Janice Zitelman

President LWV – Hill Country

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JOIN US - League Membership

Be a member of the League; we invite you to join us!  A membership application is on our website or you may contact Bunny Bond 830-377-9940, Membership.  Our League annual dues month are $60 for an individual or $85 for two in a household, and  $30 for student membership.  Our dues are prorated from January. Include your name(s), address, email address, and phone number. Make your check to LWV-Hill Country; mail to LWV-HC, PO Box 290303, Kerrville, TX 78029-0303.  Join the League and help make democracy work.

STAY CONNECTED

Visit our website: LWVHillCountryTexas.org

Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/League-of-Women-Voters-Hill-Country-Texas/339618902798405.  The LWV-Hill Country welcomes your questions! Post to this Facebook page or submit questions via e-mail to President@LWVHillCountryTexas.org.  Questions need to be about the issues you think are important. All questions are to be free from bias, as they will be asked of each candidate.a

LEAGUE of WOMEN VOTERS

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 LWV-Texas position on the issue of human trafficking in Texas: 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. 

Go to http://lwvedu.org for the free, four-hour TEA continuing credit course on issues of human trafficking. Teachers, take note of this!  This is the online course for which we received the state award.

Our latest League State Study in Texas is Payday and Title Loans.  Focus: Explore the current regulations on payday and auto-title lenders in Texas and the accessibility and impact of these loans in the community.   Scope: Define a payday loan, an auto-title loan, and the typical borrower. Research the history of the payday/auto-title industry in Texas over the past decade and describe the impact of regulations on the industry. Determine the current demand for loans in Texas and the economic impact of these loans on communities. Determine the typical interest rate charged and the usual length of time that it takes to pay loans. LWV-Texas now has a position on payday and title loans from which to advocate for legislative reforms.

             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: Janice Zitelman, presidentlwvhc@gmail.com

Treasurer: Bonnie Powers

Membership: Bunny Bond

Voters Service: Maggie Marsh-Nation

Webmaster: Jennifer Pinson

Member-at-large: Sue Colley, Marie Miller, Leahanna Young

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STAY CONNECTED

            Visit our website: LWVHillCountryTexas.org

            Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/League-of-Women-Voters-Hill-Country-Texas/339618902798405                 

IMPORTANT LINKS ON OUR WEBSITE 

            Register to vote: Registration information

            Join the League of Women Voters: Contact Bunny Bond at the League email address: presidentlwvhc@gmail.com



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