The summer is flying by again! Many local Leagues take time off during the summer, but it really is a great time for planning.
This fall there are no statewide races and no statewide ballot proposals, so it is totally up to your local League as to what races to include in Vote 411 and what races to cover with candidate forums. Talk with your League leaders about what you think they should be covering – and help organize or staff a voter registration drive or candidate forum.
Vote 411 is alive and well, but only if your local League invites candidates to enter their information. This electronic voter guide is the best resource on race and candidate information for the public. Offer to help your local League contact candidates or advertise Vote 411. Tell your family, friends and co-workers to check out the Vote 411 website. For those in northeastern New York, Stewart Shops has agreed to post Vote 411 information on its milk cartons during the month of October!
Did you know that New York State is the only state that offers people the opportunity to register as an organ donor on the voter registration form? The State League has received a grant to help make the public aware of this opportunity. See if your local League is participating in this program. The goal is to increase both voter registrations and organ donor registrations. If successful, it could become a model for other states to use to increase both registrations.
Local Leagues will be organizing meetings this fall on three very important issues. The state League will be asking for member input on a concurrence regarding raising the age that individuals are treated as adults in the criminal justice system from 16 years old to 18 years old; currently, 16 and17 year olds are considered adults. LWVUS is asking for input on two studies: the process by which the US constitution can be amended and the issue of money in politics. Offer to work with your local League in presenting these programs to your members.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and get ready for a busy fall election season!
Laura Ladd Bierman, Executive Director
League of Women Voters of NYS
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