We Need Your Help!
LWV of Virginia recently received a grant to advocate for Automatic Voter Registration (AVR). We're excited about this grant and how our volunteers and members can help advocate for AVR. Help us promote reforms we all care about, specifically redistricting reform and no-excuse-needed absentee voting (NEAV).
For more details on the Election Modernization Initiative plans, Click Here.
Here's How You Can Help!
Easy! LOBBY within Our Community
Promote Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) and other election causes (if you have not been briefed in Richmond, you will need to have the strategy materials on hand--contact a League leader for more info) in your community by doing some of these:
1. Visit your legislators in the local offices to explain AVR and other election related issues and leave behind the information sheets provided. Complete survey and submit: LWV-VA Election Modernization Grant Survey
2. Check in with your local registrar to ask about what their biggest challenges are, what legislation they would suggest or support to improve the process, and ask their reaction to AVR. Complete survey and submit: LWV-VA Election Modernization Grant Survey
Respond to ACTION Alerts!
3. Respond diligently to Action Alerts that will come to you via our online newsletter. Alerts will come to you with a script so you know what to say or email (calls preferred.) Fill out this simple form when you have completed an Action Alert.
Research Your Members' Legislative District
4. Provide state League, especially Carol Noggle, with a list of the House and Senate districts in which their LL members reside. Just let Carol Noggle you plan to do this right away, so we don't duplicate efforts.
As we have voter registration drives come up, please sign up!
(we'll have a sign-up form linked here when we hold our registration drives.)
Important note! Registering new voters (and updating current voters) requires official training. Here's more information:
2. Underneath the PowerPoint slide show, on the same web page, there is an instruction in green italics. Be sure to click on it to go to the Survey Monkey questionnaire, which is the affidavit. After you have completed it, your name will be entered into the database for this year (you will need to do this training every year, but it only takes five minutes).
3. Every voter registration drive must have at least one League member. So now is a great time to join! Click here to join!
Here's how YOU can Help!
1. We need help sharing our events on Facebook, blogs, and email. Share with your other networks online and around town. Share with your friends and family. Carpool!
2. Volunteer to be a time-keeper, question gatherer (pick up index cards from audience members), or notes taker. Help others feel welcome by introducing yourself.
3. Join the League and then join the committee that is putting on the great event. Ask how you can do more!
4. Invite community leaders you know to join the audience. We want everyone to be deeply engaged.
5. Write an Op-ed to the newspaper describing what you learned and how you feel it is important for our community.
6. Share pictures of the event on Facebook and Instagram. Let others know how local politics is Important!
2. Sign-up to be an Observer Corps member (contact us!). Let us know what government meeting(s) you want to observe.
Here's what being an Observer Corps member means:
Observer Corps are a structured way for individuals to exercise their right to know. They provide a valuable service to the community. They help ensure that citizens are aware of the decisions that impact their lives and they promote government transparency and accountability.
An observer is an individual who attends a governmental meeting, notes what happens at the meeting, and reports back to the League and through the League to the community. By attending public meetings of local governmental bodies/agencies, observers learn more about what their government is doing. They learn about the issues facing their community and are empowered to take action, if warranted. They also learn how issues are being addressed.
Observers keep elected and appointed officials on notice; they let them know that someone is watching what decisions are being made and how they are being made. They help ensure that the issues facing their community are being handled "in the sunshine," in the open. Ideally, observers are monitoring both the issues being discussed as well as the process by which they are being discussed. While not every item up for discussion will relate to a League's priorities, ensuring that the meeting is being conducted in an open and acceptable way is critical to all of the League's efforts and the health of our democracy.
Observer programs are not vehicles for individuals to work personal or partisan agendas. Observers generally do not "act" on issues in these meetings unless serving as a designated spokesperson for the League, observers should not provide commentary or testimony on issues on behalf of the League. Instead, observers attend meetings to gather information. Through the process, their presence encourages better, more transparent government.