Voter Service Goals: 2019-2020
- Broaden and deepen LWVO’s understanding of the diversity of our community. Collaboration with other groups through the shared activity of voter registration.
- Engage underserved Oakland communities to increase their understanding of the political system and how their use of political power can influence change.
- Access high schools and colleges in various neighborhoods and educate/invite students to register tovote and to help with voter registration. Also, invite student interns in diverse cultural groups to participate in Observer Corps.
- Diversify the membership, leadership, partnerships and public face of LWVO.
- Invite people from Latino and Asian communities to participate in Speaker’s Bureau so that they can educate their communities.
- Increase community awareness of the LWVO as a resource for relevant programs, services andinformation about how civic participation can create change.
- Invite people comfortable with social media and videography to document and post activities of the LWVO
Voter Service coordinates voter education and registration for the league, and is especially active during election season:
CANDIDATE FORUMS - LWVO does not endorse or oppose candidates. But it does sponsor candidate forums, moderated public events where candidates for office come to explain their positions on important issues and respond to questions from the audience. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the people who want to represent you. In 2018 we held 16 forums, covering offices from Mayor to City Council to Auditor to Peralta Trustee. We videotaped all forums for uploading to our YouTube channel and posting on the LWVO website. We partnered with several community groups, including other County Leagues, 100 Black Women, Oakland Chinatown Coalition (including a dozen organizations), several neighborhood councils, the East Bay Housing Organization, the MLK Freedom Center, and Women's March Oakland.
PRO/CON PRESENTATIONS - Our ballots are packed with a variety of initiatives and other measures. In the 2018 general election there were 11 State propositions, 6 local measures, and 3 regional measures covering a wide range of topics. Almost all are complex and contentious. Many organizations - civic, religious, senior living, educational, etc. - invite LWVO to make neutral presentations on some or all of these measures. In 2018 we made over 70 such presentations around the city, and trained volunteer speakers so that they could help voters feel more informed and confident in their choices.
VOTER REGISTRATION - LWVO registers and pre-registers (for 16-17 year olds) high school students, and tables at civic gatherings such as street fairs, marches, church and civic events. In 2018 we registered about 400 voters. Voter registration is one of our most popular volunteer opportunities. We also conducted registration at several high schools and colleges, including Oakland Tech, Castlemont, Fremont, Laney College, Mills College, and California College of Art. We worked in partnership with other organizations, including Indivisible .
AFFADAVIT BOXES: A committed group of volunteers maintains the voter registration affidavit boxes at dozens of locations throughout the city, ably coping with new reporting requirements.
STATE AND LOCAL EASY VOTER GUIDES - Each election LWVO distributes these popular and invaluable guides full of information about how to vote, statements by candidates, and plain spoken descriptions of ballot measures and the arguments favoring and opposing them. The Oakland EVG, covering races and measures in Oakland, is available in English, Spanish and Chinese. The State League offers a similar publication covering state races and propositions, available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean. In addition, the State League publishes a more in depth discussion of state propositions called Pros and Cons.
VIDEOS ON LOCAL BALLOT MEASURES - In 2018 we produced high quality short videos explaining the six local ballot measures. They covered cannabis taxation, funding educational programs for children, terms and conditions of employment for hotel workers, expanded residential eviction controls, changes to the real estate transfer tax, and a vacant property tax.
VOTER’S EDGE WEBSITE - Find in-depth information about what’s on your particular ballot, check your registration status, register on line, get up to date data on candidates, measures, and who supports or opposes them, make and save your selections, all at votersedge.org/ca, the State League’s easy to use, all purpose voter assistance and education site. Information is available in English and Spanish.