August League Action News!

August League Action News!

100 years strong. Historical photo of a suffrage parade
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For the last year, I have been looking forward to August 26, 2020, and the centennial commemoration of the 19th Amendment. I imagined parades of women dressed as suffragists marching with banners celebrating the suffrage heroines of the past we all know as well as the African American and Latina voting rights activists we are finally learning more about. Instead, I look on with respect at the new civil rights heroes and heroines of today who are leading the peaceful protests for basic human and civil rights, in Texas and across the country.
 
The League knows the fight for civil rights and voting rights is not over. We will continue to fight into our next 100 years for laws and policies which allow equal and fair access to the voting booth.  
 
The #2020 General Election is historic in many ways. We must work together to help Texas voters overcome the unique barriers to voting created by the COVID 19 pandemic.
 
No one should have to choose between exercising their constitutional right to vote and their personal health and safety. In Texas, we face a unique constellation of challenges: 
  • All voters are not allowed to vote safely and securely by mail at home. 
  • COVID-19 makes in-person voter registration dangerous, yet Texas citizens are still not allowed to register to vote online - like in almost every other state in the U.S. 
  • While our election officials struggle to find poll workers, Governor Abbott exempted voters, poll workers, and poll watchers from wearing a mask increasing the level of risk for in-person voting.  
Our current League heroines find the energy to support our mission of empowering voters and defending democracy in spite of COVID 19. Today League members are implementing innovative ideas to Make Democracy Work® in Texas. We have moved our fight for democracy online!  
  • We are promoting new voter registration tools, such as register2vote.org. No printer or stamps required! 
  • Leagues are hosting candidate forums on Zoom!  
  • Voters may sign up for nonpartisan voting reminders sent by text. 
  • Our renowned and highly respected nonpartisan Voters Guide is available online in Spanish and English at VOTE411.org
I am inspired and grateful for these final words from civil rights leader John Lewis. “The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.” This is indeed our mission marching forward for the next 100 years of empowering voters and defending democracy.
 
Thank you for walking with me on this path! I am honored to be marching forward with you!
Grace Chimene president, League of Women Voters of Texas
 

Jackie Venson

Mark your calendars for A Century of Voting Silent Auction and Fundraiser, a virtual event. To help us commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Jackie Venson, Austin native and talented bluesy rock guitarist and singer, will give a special performance for the Texas League! A 30-minute auction kick-off will live-stream on the LWVTX Facebook page, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26th. 
 
The Silent Auction will be live from Wednesday, August 26th at 6:00 p.m. through Saturday, August 29th at 6:00 p.m.
 
Browse the wide selection of items ranging from women's suffrage lapel pins to extravagant gourmet meals and tickets to stimulating, fun events... and more! 
 
Many Texas Leagues are hosting events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Check your local League's website to see what they have planned.
 

graphic Young people "Be an election worker"

Webinar: Election Worker Recruitment - Aug 5, 3-4 pm
 
The League of Women Voters of Texas invites you to a webinar via Zoom 3 - 4 pm, Wednesday, August 5th to kick off statewide promotion of election worker recruitment for the November 3rd General Election!
 
For information on how to stay safe while at the polls, check out our Voting & the Coronavirus page on the LWVTX website. Working together we can ensure that all Texans have their vote count and their voices heard in our elections!
 
Thank you for helping us to keep the polls safe!
 
Check out and share the state office's new video - How To Register to Vote During a Pandemic 
 
Then share the rest of the Be a Texas Voter YouTube playlist and civics curriculum with educators - and don't forget to subscribe to LWV Texas YouTube Channel.
 

Press Release: League of Women Voters Urges Texas Governor to Ensure Safety at Polls!

 
The League of Women Voters of Texas issued a press release encouraging Governor Abbott to remove the exemption of election workers and poll watchers from the Statewide Face Covering RequirementWe greatly appreciate the extension of the early voting period for the general election, and now our goal is to make voting as safe as possible!
 
 

Press Release: Improvements Needed on County Elections Websites Regarding Safe Voting!

 
The League of Women Voters of Texas conducted its sixth survey of Texas county websites in July 2020. This review was narrow in scope, focusing the information counties are providing voters regarding the impact of COVID-19 on voting and elections. Only thirty counties ranked "Outstanding" in this review. Read the full press release on our website for more information about the review and to see our recommendations to ensure safer voting conditions.
 
 

LWV El Paso Submits Redistricting Resolutions to City and County

 
The League of Women Voters of El Paso has joined the Fair Maps Texas team to create more equitable and balanced voting districts with the 2020 census data during the next legislative session. LWV El Paso held training sessions for League and community members to learn how to speak at regional hearings hosted by legislators. They also drafted resolutions in support of city-wide and county-wide redistricting to present to legislators before the upcoming legislative session. We're incredibly proud of them!
 

Calendar

Be inspired by voting and civil rights heroines and heroes! Add the LWVTX Voting and Civil Rights calendar to your Google Calendar or iCal.
 
Never forget an election, add the Texas Elections calendar to your Google Calendar or iCal.
 
August 18: 19th Amendment ratified
August 26: 19th Amendment becomes law
September 22: National Voter Registration Day
October 5: Last day to register to vote before the General Election
October 13: Early Voting begins
October 23: Last day to apply for Ballot by Mail (received, not postmarked)
October 30: Last day of Early Voting
November 3: Election Day!
 

The Register to Vote license plate is here!

 
From the $30 specialty plate fee, $22 goes to the Office of the Secretary of State for the Project V.O.T.E. or a successor voter education program administered by the office of the secretary of state. Click here to order your new license plate!
 

Celebrating Women Trailblazers

 
Check out PBS for a summer-long celebration of women trailblazers in honor of the women’s vote centennial, featuring multi-platform content commemorating U.S. women’s suffrage, the feminist movement and modern-day change makers.
 
 
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