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LWVGB rules for participation in a candidate forum.

Is your organization considering holding a candidate forum? Do you want the League of Women Voters to conduct or moderate the event? Here are the LWVGB rules for participation in a candidate forum.


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Register to Vote!

Are you registered to vote? Have you moved since you registered? We're celebrating American democracy by registering voters in the Greater Birmingham area. We will share coming events here as we schedule more registration drives.

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Every Vote Counts

Voting does matter. Period. Whether or not your candidate won the Alabama U.S. Senate Special Election, that is evident. Turnout on December 12 was about 40%. Was your vote apart of that statistic? If so, congratulations! Keep your sleeves rolled up. If not, be prepared to participate next time so that you, too, can write history and right history. VOTE and you will set the course for your community, your state and your nation!

In the news…
Turnout exceeds expectations in Doug Jones win in Alabama Senate race By Mike Cason, al.com, Dec. 12-13, 2017
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IT'S UP TO YOU!

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VOTE TODAY
TO CHOOSE ALABAMA'S NEXT
U. S. SENATOR!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017,
7 A.M. - 7 P.M.


4 THINGS TO KNOW


1.)  Find out where you should go to vote. Find your polling place at  https://myinfo.alabamavotes.gov/VoterView/PollingPlaceSearch.do
If you do not get the information you need, call your county Board of Registrars at http://sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes/board-of-registrars-all-counties
NOTE: If you go to this page
https://myinfo.alabamavotes.gov/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do
listed by the Secretary of State to find out if you are registered to vote and where your polling place is, you may not get proper results if you enter information that does not exactly match your voter registration record or if you have not voted in many years. If you have a problem it is better to call your county Board of Registrars.

2.)  Take acceptable photo voter ID to your polling place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and VOTE! 
What's acceptable photo voter ID? See the list at http://sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes/voter/voter-id

3.)  You can vote for anyone you like. You can vote for one of the candidates on the ballot, or you can write-in a person of your choice. How you voted previously or even whether or not you voted before does not matter.

4.)  You cannot be denied the right to vote. If your name is not on the polling list or you do not have acceptable photo ID, say that you want to vote a provisional ballot. Try your best to vote a regular ballot. (If you have moved to another Alabama county since you registered, you may need to go back to the polling place where your name is on the polling list.) If you must vote a provisional ballot, you will have until Friday, Dec. 15, to present proof at the county court house (perhaps acceptable photo ID?) that your vote should count.

Questions?


VOTE ON DECEMBER 12th AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

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or any day, please
support the LWVGB as we
Grow, Empower, and
Protect the Vote!
(Still not too late to give!)

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Your generous gift will support this work…


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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27th IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE OR CHANGE YOUR REGISTRATION INFORMATION TO VOTE IN THE ALABAMA ELECTION FOR U.S. SENATE ON DECEMBER 12th.

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If you need to register or change your registration information (change of address? change of name?) and have a valid Alabama Driver's License or Non-Driver's Identification card, you can apply to register online at 

https://www.alabamainteractive.org/…/vo…/instructions.action

OR, you can download a mail-in registration form at 
http://sos.alabama.gov/…/default/files/voter-pdfs/nvra-2.pdf
Print, fill out, sign, and mail that form. It MUST be postmarked by Monday, Nov. 27th. Or you can hand-deliver it to your Board of Registrar's office by that day. Here is the location of each AL county's Board of Registrars and phone numbers, too, if you have questions. 
http://sos.alabama.gov/ala…/board-of-registrars-all-counties

Not sure if you are registered to vote in Alabama? Check your registration status at 
https://myinfo.alabamavotes.gov/VoterVi…/RegistrantSearch.do
Questions? Call your county Board of Registrars office or the Election Division of the Alabama Secretary of State at 800-274-8683.

DO IT BY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27th AND BE READY TO VOTE ON DECEMBER 12th!

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Change of venue!
LWVGB Holiday
Meeting and Social

Sunday, December 3, 2017
1:30 PM
Customs Café
1845 Montgomery Highway #207
Hoover, AL 35244

Note this change of venue from
previously announced Rogue Tavern.


Guest Speaker:
Trisha Powell Crain

Education Reporter
for the Alabama Media Group


NOTE: The reservation period for this event has expired. However LWVGB members will have waiting list priority if there is an opening. If you are interested in attending, call 205.639.2337.




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The League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham is pleased to announce that Trisha Powell Crain, Education Reporter for the Alabama Media Group, will be our guest speaker at this year's LWVGB Holiday Meeting and Social. Trisha Crain will be an articulate speaker who can explain education issues locally and statewide in understandable language--and get us prepared for issues that may arise in the next legislative session. Read her posts on al.com.

Before coming to the Alabama Media Group and al.com, Trisha founded Alabama School Connection and was its executive director, 2014-2016. The ASC was a nonprofit organization "committed to providing consistent, high-quality media coverage of K-12 education in Alabama" with the goal of "propel[ling] public education into Alabama's everyday conversations." Trisha was also president of the League of Women Voters, 2013-2014.

We look forward hearing from Trisha Crain at Customs Café on December 3rd.
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FORUM UPDATE!
CANDIDATE FORUM FOR
ALABAMA'S OPEN U.S. SENATE SEAT
HAS BEEN
CANCELLED.


Nov. 6, 2017 — We regret to inform the citizens of Alabama that our nonpartisan forum for this state's open U.S. Senate seat must be canceled. We explain why in this LWVAL opinion editorial, "Obituary for a Candidate Forum" by LWVAL President Barbara Caddell.

We would like to thank our partners, the Alabama Public Television Network and The Andrew Goodman Foundation, for working with us on this voter service project. We hope to work with you again in the future to provide Alabama voters with candidate and election information.

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LWVAL AND APT INVITE THE CANDIDATES FOR ALABAMA'S U.S. SENATE SEAT TO SHARE THEIR VIEWS WITH ALABAMA VOTERS

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On Tuesday, December 12th, Alabama citizens will go to the polls to decide who will be the next U.S. Senator representing our state. The League of Women Voters of Alabama and Alabama Public Television have invited the candidates, Roy Moore and Doug Jones, to participate in a televised forum to be aired on APT the week of November 27. Read the letter of invitation below sent to the candidates Roy Moore and Doug Jones on October 10. We hope that the candidates will take this opportunity to share their views on the issues with the voters of this state. Contact the candidates and encourage their participation in the forum. Personal contact by a voter is very valuable.

October 10, 2017

Dear [Candidate],

The League of Women Voters of Alabama and Alabama Public Television invite you to participate in a televised candidate forum featuring the nominees for US Senate in the December 12, 2017 special election. The forum will be held during the week of November 27 in the evening at The University of Alabama’s Digital Media Center. Please let us know what dates during that week you would be available.

We anticipate that the televised forum will last one hour. Its format will be as follows: each candidate will initially be given 2 minutes to introduce himself and state the issues he views as most important. Subsequently each candidate will respond to questions posed by Debbie Elliott, the APT moderator; these questions will be solicited state-wide and compiled by a committee of University staff and students as well as League members. Finally, each candidate will be allowed 2 minutes to summarize his views. The order in which candidates speak will alternate, beginning with the candidate whose name is drawn at the beginning of the forum.

We hope you agree to take advantage of this outstanding opportunity to present your views to the electorate. The sponsoring organizations--The League of Women Voters of Alabama and Alabama Public Television--are non-partisan organizations devoted to the active and informed participation of all citizens in government. They have successfully collaborated in the past to produce informative candidate forums. We believe this forum will provide the opportunity for a vast number of Alabama voters to hear your views on key issues in our state.

To RSVP and discuss details of the event, please contact Kim Bailey, our Forum Coordinator, at 205-331-9799 or kabailey07@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon about this important event!!

Sincerely,


Barbara Caddell, LWVAL President


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IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES FOR THE

U.S. Senate General Election,
Tuesday December 12, 2017
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


Monday, November 27, 2017 - Last day to register to vote for general election

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - Last day to make application for absentee ballot for the general election.

Monday, December 11, 2017 - Last day to postmark an absentee ballot being returned by mail to the absentee election manager, OR if delivered by hand, absentee ballot must be returned to the absentee election manager no later than the close of business on the last business day prior to the election, the day prior to the election

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - General Election

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - Last day for military and other UOCAVA voters in the general election to postmark an absentee ballot returned by mail to the Absentee Election Manager.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - No later than noon, the medical emergency designee must deliver absentee ballot to absentee election manager


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Are you registered and ready to vote?

Check your status. Make sure that you are registered to vote and that your voter registration information is current.

Apply to register to vote or change your information. DEADLINE NOV. 27!
       * Do it online.
   
    * Fill out a form, print, and mail.
   
    * Request that a paper form be mailed to you.
   
    * Register at your county Board of Registrars Office or apply at any DMV Office, public library, or public assistance location.

Find your polling place.

IMPORTANT when you go to the polls on December 12…

  • Go to the polls between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Take valid photo ID with you (like your driver's license or AL non-driver ID).
  • Go to the polling place where you are registered to vote. Where's that? Check it out.

Questions?
Check here for answers:


It's your choice! Make your voice heard!

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The League of Women Voters is
"Connecting, Engaging and Leading
for 2020 and Beyond:
A Transformational Journey"

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New Board Leads LWVGB Forward


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LWVGB Board of Directors, 2017-2018

Left to right: Dir. Maggie Howard, Dir. Nancy Sales, Dir. Maria Hawkins, Pres. Starr Culpepper, VP Leonette Slay, Secretary Mikesha Harvill, Treasurer Leslie O'Neil, Dir. Connie Arnwine, Dir. Tyrone Williams, Sr. (since resigned *), and outgoing President. Jean Johnson

On Thursday, April 27, the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham looked toward the 2017-2018 league year at the organization's annual business meeting. At Nabeel's Cafe and Market in Homewood, members elected a new Board of Directors, set the budget for the coming year, changed bylaws, and readopted LWVGB issue positions.

New Board President Starr Culpepper is excited to assume leadership of the LWVGB. Following her election, she said, "The Alabama Senate Special Election Primary is coming up on August 15 and Birmingham Municipal Elections on August 22nd. Our League is educating citizens about the elections, registering them to vote, and encouraging active participation in democracy at all levels. We will continue to pursue this vital part of our mission." The LWVGB is also continuing to observe local government boards and agencies in the Greater Birmingham area. Culpepper continued, "The Greater Birmingham Observer Corps is a powerful tool for assuring government transparency and supporting the people's right to know."

The following members are elected to the LWVGB Board of Directors for 2017-2018:


Officers:
President Starr Culpepper
Vice President Leonette Slay
Secretary Mikesha Harvill
Treasurer Leslie O’Neil

Directors:
Connie Arnwine
Maria Hawkins
Margaret “Maggie” Howard **
Nancy Sales

* Tyrone Williams, Sr. was elected to the LWVGB Board as a director, but In keeping with the LWV nonpartisan policy and in order to run for public political office, resigned from the board.

** Margaret “Maggie” Howard was previously elected and is serving the second year of her term as LWVGB director. Outgoing President Jean Johnson was elected as chair of the Nominating Committee.


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Updated "Government Representatives at Your Fingertips" is here!


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We are pleased to announce that the newly updated "Government Representatives at Your Fingertips" (or "Fingertips" for short) is now available online. This resource has all the information you need to make your voice heard at the local, state, and national levels of government. "Fingertips" has been one of the League's most popular publications for many years and for good reason. Bookmark "Fingertips" now and be ready to contact your elected officials any time you feel the need to speak out!

We encourage everyone to be active participants in democracy, Of course, that means showing up and having your say at candidate forums and at the polls, but it also means speaking out to your elected government representatives at any time. We think it should be easy for you to get in touch with your mayor, a city councilman, your county commissioner, your state or Congressional representatives, or any other public official. That's why the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham is putting "Fingertips" … uhumm…at your fingertips. Use "Fingertips" often to reach out to your government officials.

Many thanks to LWVGB leaders
Yvonne Brakefield and Judith Hand for their good work on "Fingertips." You've done a great service for the citizens of Greater Birmingham in updating this essential public asset!

See "Government Representatives at Your Fingertips"

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Informational Session for Greater Birmingham Observer Corps a Huge Success!

Also, see "Greater Birmingham League of Women Voters Shines Light on Government" LWVGB Press Release, 3/9/2017


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On February 23, 2017, the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham hosted an Informational Session on our efforts to strengthen the Greater Birmingham Observer Corps. LWVGB members Carol Clarke and Haley Lewis, and LWVGB President Jean Johnson spent the past several months planning this Informational Event and invited all LWVGB members, CAC Young Partners, media partners and other community-service minded Greater Birmingham residents.

We welcomed about 20-25 (including representatives from Weld and Birmingham Watch) guests at Architecture Works on the 23
rd. After enjoying delicious refreshments and conversation, Carol Clarke began the session by welcoming everyone and explaining that she, Jean and Haley came together to work on reviving the Observer Corps after discussing with other Birmingham community leaders that a “helpful presence” in board and agency meetings is a current, un-met need in Greater Birmingham. Jean Johnson then briefly introduced the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and explained the history of the Observer Corps and its role in board and agency meetings. Jean also described the role of an Observer and the benefits to the person observing, to the board or agency being observed and to the community at large. Finally, Haley Lewis initiated the call to action: to encourage all attendees to sign up for Observer Training, which will be spearheaded by Ann Smith, on March 15, 2017 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Architecture Works.

For more information about the Greater Birmingham Observer Corps, visit observercorps.lwvgb.org. If you are interested in attending the training, please email observercorps@lwvgb.org. We are all thrilled at the level of interest we have received thus far and are eager to revive the Greater Birmingham Observer Corps in the coming months!

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Young people want to vote!
We want to help!

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If you are a high school or college student who has never registered to vote, don't worry. We're on our way! Once again LWVGB Voter Service will be out in the community this Spring registering voters. We will be in several area high schools educating students about our electoral system and the importance of voting and, of course, registering eligible young people to vote!

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In Memoriam to Ruth J. Wright, LWV Champion

Update: A memorial service for Ruth will be held on February 11, 2017 at 2:00 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, 4300 Hampton Heights Drive, Birmingham, 35209. Please join us to celebrate and remember Ruth’s life.

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Dear LWVGB Members and Friends,

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It is with a heavy heart that we report that Ruth J. Wright, Life Member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham, has passed away. She died peacefully last night, January 18, 2017, at Brookwood Hospital due to respiratory complications. She was 93 years old. Ruth was an active leader in both the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and of Alabama. She was a champion of the League and for all citizens of our community and state. Read more…

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LWVGB Newsletter THE VOTER, FEBRUARY 2017 EDITION, is now online!

READ IT!

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Get the scoop on all these stories in the LWVGB February 2017 Edition of THE VOTER newsletter. Check it out!

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Don’t miss another issue. Subscribe to THE VOTER. We’ll email you each month when the new issue is ready to view.

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See our LWVGB Calendar for scheduled current events.

Also, see
archived LWVGB News and Events here.