LWVTX Action News! October 2018

LWVTX Action News! October 2018

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The General Election is competitive, exciting and important! Voters have a chance to make a difference for themselves, their family and community!

Wow! What a great turnout we had for National Voter Registration Day. Leagues were out in force all across Texas!

Give a big cheer to our two newest Leagues -- LWV Montgomery County and LWV Bell County. They were empowering voters in their communities. Other areas where we have Leagues forming include Bell County, Brazoria County, Palacios, ….

Now it is time to put that energy into Getting out the Vote (GOTV)! Everyone should commit to ensuring 5 friends get to the polls! As the LWV Waco president Ivy Hamerly said “The General Election is almost here. Let’s have a voting palooza!”

Our nonpartisan Voters Guide will be up and ready for voters to research their vote before early voting. Find the Voters Guide at www.VOTE411.org or www.LWVTexas.org. 

Collage of Voter Registers in Action

32 Texas Leagues in Action!

Established Leagues and the very newest Leagues turned out in force to register voters last week for National Voter Registration Day. The Fort Bend County League partnered with Univision to respond to viewers questions about voting. (Clockwise from top left above) Waco League members registered Baylor University students, Montgomery County Leaguers registered folks at the "Y" and the Comal League members braved the heat to register voters on National Voter Registration Day. This is just a small sample of the activities across the state. Check out our many Leagues' Facebook pages to see the Texas Leagues in action.

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LWVTX Introduces Full Color 2018 Election Voters Guides!

Upgraded, easier to read, full-color print Voters Guides will be distributed to local Leagues and libraries in counties with no local Leagues in time for Early Voting.

Make a donation to provide Voters Guides in libraries across Texas! Local Leagues provide provide libraries in their communities with Voters Guides, but there are many communities with no League that need your help! Sponsor a library or make a donation to empower voters across Texas. Contact Aileen McMurrer at the LWVTX office at (512) 472-1100 or ajmcmurrer [at] lwvtexas.org () for more information on sponsorships opportunities.

Today is the deadline to order print copies or electronic versions of the 2018 Midterm Election Voters Guides. Click here to order by close of day, today, Oct 1. For individual print copies, check with your local League for their distribution center

League's new Election Videos!

League's awesome interns have written and presented short, to the point, informative videos for this election cycle. Please copy & post on social media. Share them widely!

General Election voter education videos are available on our YouTube page and on our Facebook page.

Record number of registered voters in Texas!

Texas has set a new voter registration record, which could lead to a record number of votes in a midterm election that has placed the state in the national spotlight. Listen to LWVTX President Grace Chimene respond here.

Fundraising and Action

Photo of Elaine WiantElaine Wiant, Immediate Past President

Impactful League action requires committed volunteers and funding. You are the key to both -- it is critical you do both! Here are two easy ways support your passion and commitment to the League.

Try a Facebook Fundraiser for your next life event – it’s a fun way to help the League empower voters and defend democracy.We are the Facebook generation. Are you noticing Facebook Fundraisers? I decided to try it for my birthday in August. I set a “stretch” goal of $1,000 – and offered to match up to $500. (You set your goals to match your community of family & friends.) I was pleasantly surprised that I exceeded my goal! The donors included League friends from Texas and around the country, my close personal friends and family, as well as a few casual acquaintances. Their gifts to the League were the best birthday presents I could get! Some gave to the League for the first time ever – the best present of all.

Donate to LWV-Texas with a Charitable Rollover Gift

Are you 70 ½ or older and have an IRA? Take advantage of a simple way to donate to the League of Women Voters and receive tax benefits in return. Make a charitable rollover from your IRA. You pay no income taxes on the gift. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you do not itemize your deductions. If you haven’t taken your required minimum distribution for the year, your IRA charitable rollover gift can satisfy all or part of that requirement. For more information about charitable rollover gifts click here.

Election Protection

The League of Women Voters is a member of the Election Protection Coalition. Please consider volunteering as a poll monitor, trainer, or volunteer attorney. 

League Members Select 2019 Priority Issues

Thanks to all the League members who responded to the Priority Issues Survey. Three issues stood out as getting the most votes:  

Our Priority Issues brochure will be updated soon to reflect these important issues.

Election Countdown:

  • Oct. 9 - Last Day to Register to Vote
  • Oct. 22- Nov. 2 - Early Voting
  • Oct. 26 - Last Day to Apply to Vote By Mail (Received, not postmarked)
  • Nov. 6 - Election Day

LWVTX Lobby Days 

February 4 & 5, 2019. Join League members and supporters from across the State of Texas convening at the Capitol in Austin to discuss priority issues with our elected officials. Check Facebook event page for details as they are rolled out.






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