Greetings from M Street!(voting)

Author:Tate, Nancy E.
 
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As we enter the fall season and head into the November elections, our M Street offices are bustling with election related activities. We are also busy on new initiatives coming out of the 2006 Convention and ongoing projects unrelated to elections.

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As in past messages, I will highlight here a few of our ongoing LWVUS/EF activities and some that we have completed since I last wrote. You will find more about what is happening in other sections of this Voter (particularly the Education Fund and Advocacy news in the League Matters section, and Hill Bulletin).

In the area of voter outreach and education, we have a number of new initiatives. In September, we are launching VOTE411: "An Election Information One-Stop-Shop" for 2006. It includes both state-specific and general information on elections, as well as a polling place locator feature. The League's new partnership with the Overseas Vote Foundation provides VOTE411 with an easy-to-use online tool to help overseas voters. For more details on VOTE411 see p. 20 in this Voter.

We also have expanded our partnership with Telemundo in the 2006 Tu Voto, Tu Voz public awareness campaign to encourage voter registration and electoral participation among U.S. Latinos. In addition, we are reissuing two of our most successful public education materials: the VOTE brochure and the "5 Things You Need to Know on Election Day" palm card.

The League of Women Voters was honored as the first recipient of the American Bar Association's Hod Greeley Judicial Outreach Award. This award recognizes "individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting increased public awareness of the need for a fair and impartial judiciary."

In the global democracy area, the League has been chosen by the Open World Leadership Center for a second year of the Russian Civic Hosting Program and a first year of the Ukrainian Civic Hosting Program. Both phases of the first year of the Kenyans Working Together for Good Governance program have been successful. The program had both U.S. and Kenya based components...

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