The Civil Liberties Advisory Task Force met in Washington, DC, on November 16-17, 2004. Task force members, Xandra Kayden (Chair-CA), Susan Fields (PA), Carol Goldenberg (WA), Andrea Gruhl (MD), Susie Guise (FL) and Sukey Wilder (CA), met with LWVEF staff members who have been working on these issues for over 18 months and two outside experts who participated in a civil liberties panel at Convention. The LWVEF Board appointed this Civil Liberties Advisory Task Force to consider and recommend a range of civil liberties activities that could be undertaken by the League at the national, state and/or local level. The task force's recommendations will be submitted to the Board for consideration at its January 2005 meeting. To get involved in the civil liberties discussion, join the League Liberty discussion list at http://lists.lwv.org.
VOTER OUTREACH AND EDUCATION
The League's nationwide outreach and voter education campaign, 5 Things You Need to Know on Election Day, spread a simple message: you can take steps to protect your vote. LWVUS President Kay J. Maxwell traveled to 20 cities in eight states in under two months, promoting this message in over 100 media interviews. She was interviewed on three major national networks plus CNN, C-SPAN and MSNBC. Over three-quarters of a million copies of the 5 Things cards, in English and Spanish, were distributed through state and local Leagues and partnerships with groups like the American Library Association, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Youth Leadership Initiative, Youth Vote Coalition and other election reform advocates. In the week prior to Election Day, the card was downloaded from the League's Web site nearly 40,000 times.
The League of Women Voters' DemocracyNet (DNet, www.dnet.org), part of Capitol Advantage's Capwiz[TM] Election tool, provided information on over 25,000 candidates, covering 5,800 races, and 167 ballot measures nationwide in 2004. Capwiz Election with DNet was the single most comprehensive voter information Web site. Through the League's innovative partnership with Capitol Advantage, approximately 220 different Web sites, including all the major media portals, presented this election information. The winning combination got over 46,993,576 page views in 2004. On Election Day alone, an unprecedented 10 million voters used Capwiz Election with DNet! League volunteers across the country made DNet one of the most looked-to political Web sites of...