Empower voters, defend democracy

Since 1920, the League of Women Voters has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy. It was then, and is now, a nonpartisan organization—neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government—but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public. In addition, the League works to increase voters’ access to the polls, including expanding early voting, automatic and online voter registration.

The premier publication of many Local Leagues is the "They Represent You" flyer.  The TRY contains information about every elected official within a given county.  The League of Women Voters of Thurston County TRY is available at many public places around the county, such as libraries, county offices, and human services organizations.

 

FEATURED NEWS: 

Before you can vote, you must be registered.  Go to this website to register  https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx

 

LWV THURSTON CHALLENGE: BE A VOTER AND CONVINCE OTHERS TO BE A VOTER, TOO
Do you care about the environment, health care, and jobs? We know one sure way to make a difference with the issues you care about—elect candidates who will act on them. Find candidates who share your point of view and help get them elected by voting and encouraging others to vote.
Check out  Vote411.org  for information about registering and voting.  

Please share this message with five (or more) contacts and ask them to do the same. 
     
If you are interested in having some Be A Voter memorabilia or other Get out the Vote graphics, check
out these two sources.

To purchase a face mask designed by Amy Peloff of the state League with Be A Voter graphic:

https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/53112496?ref=studio-promote  

Web page at Kitsap LWV with resources for all members to access:

Voter Registration/GOTV Resources page  

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If you have had a felony conviction, you can find out about when your right to vote is restored by visiting the Secretary of State's website, at this page:  

https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/voters/felons-and-voting-rights.aspx

 

Olympia to hold virtual town hall series on racial justice:

Date:  Aug 13 at 4 pm.

Detail about the content of the town hall can be seen by clicking here.

Registration is required to attend.

For further information on the Virtual Town Hall meetings, contact the City of Olympia at cityhall@ci.olympia.wa.us.

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2020 CENSUS

The most important thing we can do right now is to submit the questionnaire via one of three ways.  The second most important thing we can do is to ask our friends, families, and yell across the street to our neighbors—“Have you taken the Census, yet?”    Originally, Census planned to cease collecting data on August 31, 2020, but because of COVID-19 aand the need to protect the health and safety of staff, Census will now stop collecting data on October 31, 2020. 

 

BREAKING NEWS --- August 3,2020

 

 
The Census is in Danger
TELL CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION

Last night, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it would be ending census operations on September 30, 2020. Shortening the timeline to collect data and rush operations during a national pandemic is an intentional plot to sabotage the census and skew Congressional representation, redistricting, and critical funding allotments for every state in the country.
  
But Congress can act to protect the census by ensuring that in the next stimulus package, provisions that the Bureau requested to extend the data delivery deadlines and deliver necessary funding to complete counting activities is included in the legislation.
  
Tell Congress to protect the Census in the next version of the stimulus bill.

   
COVID-19 has caused significant delays and disruptions to census operations which is why the Bureau has requested the extended household counting operations through October 31, 2020. In May, the Administration asked Congress to modify the statutory deadlines for reporting apportionment and redistricting data. Through this extension, census workers will be able to continue to count people experiencing homelessness, transitory locations like RV parks, group facilities like colleges and universities, and remote Alaska. The request would push back the December 31, 2020, deadline for transmitting the state population totals used to apportion congressional seats to April 30, 2021. Extending the data reporting deadlines will ensure that the data that is collected can be properly tabulated, organized, and analyzed to show the most accurate picture of the country and its diverse population.

   
To ensure a complete census, Congress must adopt the Bureau’s request to extend statutory reporting deadlines for apportionment and redistricting in the next COVID-19 relief bill and allocate $448 million to address continued 2020 Census challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Tell Congress that census operations must continue in a manner that facilitates a fair and accurate count. 

  
The census is the bedrock of our democracy. The administration’s politically driven plan drops their own request for Congress to delay the reporting deadlines for apportionment and redistricting data from the 2020 Census, in light of pandemic-related disruptions to the census. It was expert, career Census Bureau staff who advised that they needed the additional time to complete the census in all communities, and to process and tabulate the data in accordance with the Bureau’s critical quality standards.

  
A rushed, poorly tabulated census will affect all communities for the next decade. Tell Congress to legally extend the timeline for the 2020 Census and ensure a fair and accurate count.

 

 

Please encourage friends, relatives, strangers, anyone you can speak to electronically or from at least six feet, to be counted.  Here is the link to suggest https://2020census.gov/       OR   Let them know they can fill out the Census by calling:

844-330-2020 to complete in English                  844-468-2020 to complete in Spanish

check out what the League and you an do to assure a complete and accurate Census.

OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CENSUS AND REDISTRICTING

If the January 2020 snow prohibited you from attending the LWVTC Forum on Census and Redistricting, there is now an opportunity to view an online presentation.

Lobby Team Redistricting Lead, Alison McCaffree will give a Census & Redistricting Workshop Online,  Thursday - August 13th 6:00pm = 8:00pm.  . Anyone is welcome to join. There is no cost. 
Link to Register:
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CONFRONTING RACISM/INEQUITY  Do not accept what is; confront it and move toward what should be.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are priorities at all levels of League.  

 

Beginning in 2020, LWVTC will be hosting a "Let's Talk About Race" book group.  You can find out more about this group, and other Diversity, Equity and Inclusion issue by clicking here to go to the CONFRONTING RACISM/INEQUITY page. 

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Immigration and Sanctuary In Thurston County

On July 21, 2020, the President signed a memorandum to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census count.  The status of this memorandum can be seen by clicking here.   However, efforts continue to constrain registration of immigrants.  See the Aug 3, 2020 appeal from LWVUS, above, to contact your Congressional delegation about this issue. 

 

There are several initiatives around this topic that LWVTC is following.   One is the work of an allied organization, Strengthening Sanctuary Alliance.  Their website has information about what they are doing, including their support for many of the bills the LWVWA Lobby Team is encouraging members to comment upon.LWVUS Position on Immigration Policies

  • The League of Women Voters believes that immigration policies should promote reunification of families and responsive to those in flight from persecution or response to humanitarian crises in home countries.
  • All persons should receive fair treatment under the law. The League supports due process for all persons, including the right to a fair hearing, right to counsel, right of appeal, and right to humane treatment.
  • The League supports federal immigration law that provides an efficient, expeditious system (with minimal or no backlogs) for legal entry of immigrants into the United States. Provision should also be made for qualified persons to enter the United States on student visas.
  • In addition, the League supports federal policies to improve economies, education, job opportunities, and living conditions in nations with large emigrating populations.        

You can find information about LWVTC involvement and activities related to Immigration and Sanctuary by clicking here: Confronting Racism 

 

Note: The health and safety of members and friends in our community during this unprecedented time, as COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spreads in Washington State, is our greatest concern.  We are closely monitoring this fluid situation. We are actively following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Washington State Department of Health, as well as, Thurston County Health Department recommendations.

About Us and Our Work

The LWVTC Board of Directors, listed on the LEADERSHIP page, works through committees and work group.  The activities planned by the League are posted on the Upcoming  Events page of this website to provide specifics of time and place of events.  More information about the work we do can be found on topic specific pages of the website.  After our public meeting and community events, we generally post information about events in our Reports on Program and Events blog pages. 

League members continually stay active with advocacy and voter education undertakings.  Chief among them is helping people get registered and obtain information so they can vote. The VOTER INFO pages are a great help for anyone seeking information about candidates and voting. You can find specifics about our public meetings and educational events, as well as the LWV Centennial, on our OUR WORK, Promoting Democracy page.  While opportunities to be involved in influencing and shaping policy are found on both our ISSUES and OUR WORK, Advocacy pages.

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  • Upcoming events

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 08:00 AM through August 26, 2020
    Various locations

    Centennial

    Between Aug 18 and Aug 26, there will be a variety of LWV activities going on around the nation, state, and county.

     

    For example, a 19th  Amendment stamp is coming out on August 22nd

     

    Click here for further information.

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Zoom Meeting

    Coffee With League - Aug

    Members and friends of LWVTC meet weekly for Coffee with the League.  This provides an opportunity to hear about Thurston County governmental issues and processes of interest.  During the Legislative Session, statewide issues are also discussed at these get-togethers. 

     

    These gatherings are currently happening through Zoom.  Please contact Paula Holyrode at the following email address to obtain the details for accessing the Zoom meeting for the week.

    pholroyde@lwvwa.org

     


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