Action News! Could Texas Start Online Voter Registration? Feb. 2020

Action News! Could Texas Start Online Voter Registration? Feb. 2020

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The Texas Primary Election is an exciting election! You will definitely want to Be a Texas Voter©

After you vote, spread the word! Get your friends, family, and coworkers to Be a Texas Voter©!

You can help!

  1. Research shows chatting one on one and gentle nudging on social media makes a difference in whether an inconsistent voter will actually go out and Be a Texas Voter©!
  2. Help new and young voters compare candidates with the nonpartisan League Voters Guide or with one of the Candidate Forums held around TexasAnd ensure they have a plan to vote with VOTE411.org or LWVTexas.org
  3. Texas has open primariesYou may be a voter on either the Republican ballot or the Democratic ballot during early voting Feb.18 - Feb 28 or on Primary Election Day, March 3, 2020. (The Green Party and the Libertarian Party choose candidates in a convention process.) 

Other ways you can help Texas voters!

  1. Become a trained Voter Protection Volunteer to support voters at the polls. 
  2. Contact your county to work at the polls - they always need workers!
  3. Follow and share accurate voter education from LWVTexas.orgVOTE411.orgvotetexas.gov and your county election website.
  4. Fight disinformation by only sharing from established legitimate news sources. 
I know you are as committed to empowering voters and defending democracy as I am. Thank you for taking these extra steps in the lead up to the March 3rd Texas Primary Election!!
Grace Chimene President LWV Texas

The 2020 Census is Almost Here! 

In mid-March, the Census Bureau will start mailing out instructions on how to participate in the census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.  
 
Because Texas has the second largest immigrant population in the country, we must reassure our community that it is safe to answer the census. "Repetition of the messages over a long period is key," says Vanita Gupta, president and chief executive of the Leadership Conference Education Fund.  “The good news is the specter of the citizenship question and that year-long fight has really energized and engaged advocates and local elected officials . . . to start the outreach and engagement much, much earlier.”
 

Ways to take Action:

  • Work! The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. To find out how to apply for a job, visit their website at 2020census.gov/en/jobs.html
  • Follow @uscensusbureau — Stay up-to-date with Census Bureau news and share their content through social media channels.
  • Sign up — Join the effort to support and help increase awareness of Census Bureau data and activities in your community, and let them know what aspects of the census are of interest to you.
  • Spread the word — Share or download Census Bureau data products, visualizations and infographics, and 2020 Census materials.

Take the Challenge!

The Census Bureau recently released their "2020 Census Response Rate Toolkit". The new toolkit encourages leaders in every town, city and state to challenge their communities to improve upon their 2010 Census response rates in the upcoming national census. To access the toolkit, visit https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2020/response-rate-challenge.html
 
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Voter Protection Volunteers Needed!

The League of Women Voters is a core member of the Texas Election Protection Coalition. 
Members, supporters, friends and family may sign up to work as a trained Election Protection volunteer. There is a need for Field volunteers to work the polling sites and for lawyers. Sign up on the League's Election Protection web page.
 

2020 LWV Texas Convention in Austin April 17-19

Every two years in the spring of even-numbered years, LWV Texas convenes a state convention. All League members are invited to attend. The 2020 Convention to be held on April 17,18,19, in Austin, Texas at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
 
Luncheon will feature a The 19th News reported interviewing Valencia Richardson, author of Young and DisaffectedHer book shines a spotlight on the people working hard to make the American South a better place for the younger, more progressive generations. Richardson wrote this love letter to her home region; featuring stories from young adults fighting the good fight to empower Southern youths.
 

Gather, Create and Donate to League Convention Auction!  

We all love to participate in the Silent Auction that is held at the state convention! Please get your creative juices flowing and collaborate with other League members to put together a one-of-a-kind basket or package of goods to donate to the Auction. 
 
  1. Endeavor for your League to have the most memorable basket, one that reflects your local region! We are also delighted to include donations from our members in the Auction.
  2. Fill out the Silent Auction Donation Form to let us know what you plan to bring to the convention. Thank you!
  3. If you have any questions or suggestions, please email Dorothy Marchand at dmarchand@lwvtexas.org. 
 

‘Motor Voter’ Ruling Could Lead To Online Registration (Texas Standard)

"A federal judge ordered Texas to allow three citizens to register to vote after they renewed their driver’s licenses online. This could open the door allowing more than 1 million new voter registrations in Texas.
 
"The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 is also known as Motor Voter. It requires states to offer voter registration opportunities when an eligible person applies for a driver license. On Thursday, Chief U.S. District Judge Orland Garcia found that Texas has been violating that law."
 

Share the League's 2020 Primary Election Voters Guide!

The League of Women Voters of Texas nonpartisan Texas Primary Voters Guide is available now on the League website, online at VOTE411.org, and a printed version is provided at libraries across Texas.
 
The LWV Texas Voters Guide covers statewide candidates, State Board of Education, Supreme Court Justices, Court of Appeals Justices and US Representative and Texas House Representative candidates that did not have a local League. The Voters Guide may also cover local candidates in communities with a local League of Women Voters.
 
  • The 2020 Texas Primary Election Voters Guide in English
  • The 2020 Texas Primary Election Voters Guide in Spanish. 
  •  The 2020 Texas Primary Election Voters Guide online VOTE411.org (available on Feb 4)
As we approach Election Day VOTE411.org will have more and more local election information. Candidates running for office covered by LWV Texas may add information to the online version of the Voters Guide at VOTE411.org so check often!
 

Local Leagues Taking Action!

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LWV Comal Marches on MLK Day!

Comal Area Leaguers had another good time at the Martin Luther King, Jr. March and Celebration with the New Braunfels MLK Association on Martin Luther King Day. They registered voters, distributed election information, as well as marching and singing along! Getting out the vote in Comal County is fun!
 

LWV Tyler Engaging Youth to Practice Voting

LWV Tyler members created a hands-on activity for children to learn about voting at the Tyler Science Discovery Center. A voting booth was set up in the courthouse of "Hometown." At the new voting booth youth could vote for one of four candidates for the position of “animal mayor of Hometown." Candidates included a wombat, a hawk, and iguana and a lion fish. The winner will be announced on Election Day.
 
Don't you love this participatory activity to include young people in our democracy! Early voters are life-time voters!
 
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Teach Me How to Texas! LWVTX Partners with the Texas Tribune

Learn everything you need to know about Texas elections in The Texas Tribune’s free five-week crash course, Teach Me How to Texas. You’ll learn interesting facts about Texas’ past and culture, how different communities and regions in Texas vote, how candidates raise and spend money, how to spot a good poll from a bad one, and how to decode your November ballot. Sign up for this 5-week email course here.
 
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