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The 2014 LWV-DeKalb Nomination Committee Needs Your Input Now!

The 2014 LWVD Nomination Committee process is currently in progress.  There will be nomination material forthcoming in the next week so please continue to check the website, your email, and your home mail. 

As we move towards more focus on sustainability and cost effectiveness, our preferred method for communicating this information is electronic and paperless.  However in the spirit of diversity and preference, we want to get input on how you would like to see nomination materials circulated.

Please provide your feedback in this brief survey.  We understand it is short notice but if you could please submit it no later than 3/31, you will help expedite the 2014 nomination process. 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MT3VFH5

Thanks in advance for your support.
 
2014 Nominating Committee:
Belinda Pedroso - Chair
Kimberly Hawkins
Beverly Jones
Toni Johnson
Ann Wilson

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Three Upcoming LWV- DeKalb Events

Two separate events are taking place on Tuesday, March 25th:
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LWV DeKalb- Briarcliff Unit Monthly Meeting is Tuesday, March 25th at 11am.
Location: Clairmont Place
Program: Amanda Hill Attikisson from Georgia WAND's "We Count" campaign presents an overview of voter education and voter registration.

For additional details contact Ms. Jackie Scott at (404) 241-9899.

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LWV of DeKalb Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 6:30pm

Location: Decatur Library
FOURTH FLOOR BOARDROOM
215 Sycamore St,
Decatur, GA 30030

IMPORTANT NOTE!!! Ask at the Security Desk to get directions to the CORRECT ELEVATOR to access the Fourth Floor Boardroom.

Draft Agenda:
Treasurer's Report - Yolanda Brown
Technology Report - John Fortuin
Report from President-Elect Kim Hawkins
Report from President Lee Slaughter
Unfinished business

Officers, please make an effort to attend as there is much business to discuss and it is time sensitive.
Thank you everyone.

Thanks to Ms. Gina Jenkins at the DeKalb County Library for helping secure a meeting place.

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SAVE THE DATE: April's Board Meeting is Tuesday April 22nd

LWV of DeKalb Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 at 6:30pm

Location: Decatur Library
GROUND FLOOR MEETING ROOM
215 Sycamore St,
Decatur, GA 30030
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In League,


Lee Slaughter
President

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 Learn How To Register Voters at our Training on Tuesday 3/18/14!

The League of Women Voters of DeKalb and the WECOUNT campaign of Georgia WAND are sponsoring  a Voter Registration Training and Voter Registration Event.

Where:
The Atlanta Friends House
701 West Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

When:
Tuesday March 18th, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to this nonpartisan event to learn how to register voters and/or register to vote.

Bring a friend and join us for 90 minutes of useful information on how to fully participate as citizen.

Snacks and beverages will be served.

The last day to register to vote in time for the May 20th Primary is April 19th.  If you have changed your address since you voted last, please update your address by re-registering, and thus avoid voting and legal problems. 

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of DeKalb and WECOUNT, Georgia WAND's campaign to train and register voters. 

In League,

Lee Slaughter
President
League of Women Voters of DeKalb

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Take Action To Restore the Voting Rights Act!
Thursday, January 16, 2014

This afternoon Representatives James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), John Conyers (D-MI), Bobby Scott (D-VA), John Lewis (D-GA), and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced common sense legislation that would repair and restore the Voting Rights Act. This bipartisan effort to fix the damage done by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby v. Holder is necessary to restore and protect the rights of voters across the country.
Tell Congress you support the Voting Rights Act!

Restoring the Voting Rights Act is common sense policy that will help prevent racial and language discrimination in our elections and protect the fundamental right to vote for all Americans. The legislation introduced today will modernize the Voting Rights Act and better protect all voters against discrimination at the ballot box.

Please urge your elected officials to support this important legislation and encourage them to act swiftly to move toward final passage.

Congress can pass this legislation this year and ensure that the electoral process is free, fair and accessible—but they need to know that you have their backs. Tell Congress that the Voting Rights Act needs to be repaired and restored this year.
  
Elisabeth MacNamara
Sincerely,
Elisabeth MacNamara
Elisabeth MacNamara
President, League of Women Voters

Webmaster note: For citizens in Rep. John Lewis' district, thank him for co-sponsoring this bill.

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This is a Game Changer – The EPA Needs to Hear From You!
Thursday, January 13, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a groundbreaking new proposal, creating the first-ever federal carbon pollution standard for every new power plant built in America. This is a game changer for the climate – especially because power plants are our single largest source of carbon pollution.
The unlimited dumping of carbon pollution is the chief cause of climate change. Reducing the amount of carbon pollution from power plants is a life-saving measure that will protect our children, our nation and the world from the devastating effects of climate change.

We have 60 days to tell the EPA we support this effort to reduce the deadly effects that carbon pollution has on the health of our children and our environment. The EPA needs to hear from you—add your voice in favor of this historic regulation!
Corporate polluters are already doing everything they can to block this important health protection. Will you join others around the country in saying you believe we must put people before polluters and protect our children and future generations from climate change? 

Submit a public comment to the EPA in support of the standard and your voice will be part of the official record.
Elisabeth MacNamara
Sincerely,
Elisabeth MacNamara
Elisabeth MacNamara
President, League of Women Voters

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 10 Ways the League of Women Voters Is Making Democracy Work in 2013

by Elisabeth MacNamara
President,
League of Women Voters of the United States
December 12, 2013

In 1920, suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters (LWVUS) to democratize the vote. Since then, League members across the country have worked tirelessly to strengthen our democracy and ensure equality for all.

Today, that work is needed more than ever. In the past year alone, League members have helped protect our democracy and ensure the equality of all Americans by thwarting widespread voter suppression efforts, educating and empowering voters, helping pass landmark state gun control legislation, leading the fight to protect our climate and more.

Carrie Chapman Catt understood the importance for all Americans to be engaged in and empowered by our democracy. "Everybody counts in applying democracy," said Chapman Catt. "And there will never be a true democracy until every...adult in it, without regard to race, sex, color or creed, has his or her own inalienable and unpurchasable voice in government."

The League of Women Voters has been working to protect voting rights for over 90 years, and we take heed of our founder's words. From fighting the flood of secret money in our elections to protecting against attacks on voting rights - and so much more - here are just 10 of the countless ways that the League of Women Voters has helped to strengthen our democracy in 2013.

    Successfully fought to preserve landmark voting registration legislation. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) in the case Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA). The League is proud to have helped pass the NVRA in 1993. Commonly known as "Motor Voter," the NVRA streamlined confusing state voting laws and made it easier for Americans to register to vote. LWVUS and the League of Women Voters of Arizona filed amicus briefs in the case. The Court issued a victory for voters when it sided with the League, striking down Arizona's restrictions on the voter registration process and reinforcing Congress's power to protect Americans' right to vote

    Helping lead the fight to repair and restore the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. In June, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, resulting in widespread attacks on voting rights across the country. Immediately, the League sprung to action - calling on Congress to repair and restore the Voting Rights Act to its full strength. We remain committed to pursuing all avenues to protect the right to vote and decisively close the door to voter discrimination.

    Fought voter suppression efforts across the states. Even prior to the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act, League leaders across the country were busy protecting voting rights by publishing op-eds, participating in protests and rallies and holding community meetings. In 2012 and 2013, state Leagues helped defeat voter photo ID bills in a plethora of states. Many Leagues also took court action, including the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, which filed suit challenging the state's voter suppression law. In states like Texas where new voter ID requirements were implemented, League advocates helped voters understand voting rules and obtain the documentation needed to cast their ballots.

    Helped lead the push for gun control legislation at the state and federal levels. The League believes that curbing gun violence is a critical matter of public safety and public health. Following the tragedy late last year in Newtown, CT, this spring we urged Congress to pass new legislation addressing gun violence. Our supporters helped us encourage Senators to help save lives by calling for vital gun safety measures. We were buoyed by successes in Connecticut, where the League of Women Voters of Connecticut helped lead efforts to pass landmark state gun control legislation.

    Encouraged the administration to take the lead to protect our climate. Following our efforts in 2012, we've continued to push for President Obama to take action to address climate change. Our work has underscored the urgent need to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, which represents the single largest source of carbon pollution in our country, as well as the leading cause of climate change. Our efforts paid off in September, when the Obama Administration announced groundbreaking plans to cut carbon pollution from new power plants. Since then, a number of Leagues have testified at listening sessions held by the Environmental Protection Agency in support of President Obama's proposal.

    Pushed for comprehensive immigration reform. The very roots of our nation's birth and development are built upon the traditions and cultures of people from different backgrounds, and it's this diversity that makes our country unique. That's why this June we commended the Senate for passing a comprehensive immigration package, underscoring how the efforts will strengthen our nation and society. We continue to urge the House to support these much-needed reforms.

    Registered thousands of voters. The League registers voters all year, day in and day out. In order to reach eligible voters, Leagues across the country hosted registration drives everywhere from bus stops and baseball games to high schools and naturalization ceremonies. We also upped the ante in September when nearly 300 local Leagues joined over 800 partners in leading the second annual National Voter Registration Day, helping to register an incredible 58,000 voters.

    Advocated for improvements to the nation's flawed voting system. In his Election Night speech last year, President Obama vowed to address the long waiting lines and array of problems that voters faced at the polls, boldly asserting, "We have to fix that." The League continues to hold the President to his promise; when he failed to adequately address voting problems in his State of the Union speech, we expressed our strong disappointment and called for immediate action to ensure that every American citizen can exercise the right to vote. But we didn't stop there. This summer, the LWVUS was joined by Leagues in Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania that submitted testimony to the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA) on the need for a free, fair and accessible voting system.

    Fought to protect our political system from big-money corruption. The League is dedicated to reforming the nation's campaign finance system and keeping big money out of politics. We submitted an amicus brief in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Supreme Court case heralded as "the next Citizens United." Just this month, the League took a stand on a new proposal by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) geared at curbing the abuse of nonprofit organizations for partisan activities and overcoming the harmful effects of Citizens United.

10.    Educated voters and equipped them with everything they needed to vote. One of our fundamental goals is to encourage active participation of citizens in government. As Election Day approached, state and local Leagues hosted numerous candidate forums and debates, helping inform voters of where candidates stood on the issues most important to their communities. Hundreds of thousands of voters used VOTE411.org, our nationwide online voter education resource, to learn their local candidate and ballot information, registration deadlines, voting requirements, polling place details and more.

As evident in the famous opening line to the U.S. Constitution, "We the People," our country's government is powered by the voices and engagement of all of its citizens. That's why the League has worked for over 90 years to ensure that all U.S. citizens -- regardless of age, sex, race, or ability -- are able to have their voices heard. Members of our 800 state and local Leagues across the country are already busy planning what more can be done to continue to empower the voices of citizens in 2014 and beyond.

"Service to a just cause rewards the worker with more real happiness and satisfaction than any other venture of life," said Carrie Chapman Catt. In 2014, we're dedicated to doing everything we can to advance one of the most just causes there is -- strengthening our nation, our electoral process and Making Democracy Work.

Follow Elisabeth MacNamara on Twitter: www.twitter.com/lwv

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Go VoteARE YOU READY TO VOTE?  NEED MORE INFORMATION?

FIND YOUR VOTING DISTRICT  & ANSWERS TO VOTER EDUCATION

QUESTIONS BY CLICKING HERE:  MY VOTER PAGE

DeKalb County Voter Registration REGISTER TO VOTE

Phone: 404-298-4020
Fax: 404-298-4038
Email:  Voterreg@dekalbcountyga.gov

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REGISTER TO VOTE!

Are you Registered to Vote? If not,   Register to Vote (PDF) now.

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To locate your precinct or district information, go to the DeKalb County website:  www.dekalbvotes.com .

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League of Women Voters - DeKalb

P.O. Box 3640, Decatur Ga. 30031
Telephone: 404-321-0913
Email: LWVDGA@Gmail.com 

We are one League, with many voices, setting a new course and direction.

League of Women Voters - DeKalb
P.O. Box 3640, Decatur Ga. 30031
Telephone: 404-321-0913
Email: LWVDGA@Gmail.com
 

We are one League, with many voices, setting a new
 course and direction.
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