Questions for Local Elections Officials

Use these questions to structure conversations with your local elections officals regarding election administration.  The questions cover issues such as voter registration database management, how local officials plan to manage the expected high voter turnout, and specifically how Election Day resources will be allocated, among other things.

Defining "Advocacy" vs. "Lobbying"

It is common for Leagues to support their advocacy activities with only non-charitable contributions.  However, this is unnecessary.  Leagues may, and are encouraged, to use charitable contributions to support their non-lobbying advocacy activities.  Advocacy encompasses pleading for or against causes, as well as supporting or recommending positions.

As your League prepares for the 2012 election process, utilize this coalition-building planning tool to identify and recruit allies, set out goals and priorities, and build a strong foundation for collective success. Whether your League is just starting out, or already participates in a longstanding coalition, it is worth taking a moment to: assess your collective strengths; consider who else might be interested in joining the cause for a more successful and fair process in your state; and, plan for the future. Download the coalition-planning resource below.

September is just around the corner and I know your League is look for ways to attract new members. How do we find out about those great prospective members that live in our communities? Everyone knows that to get a friend to join, you often just have to ask. Have you ever been told “no” before? It isn’t the worst thing that can happen... And, you might get a “yes!”

I just returned from our first regional training in the southeast. Lots of great ideas were kicked around to gain visibility and members. No matter what is decided, the secret to success is planning!

Every community has topics of interest that are unique and important to its citizens.

How would you rate how well your League 'follows up' and 'stays in touch?' with your members?

How would you rate your League (1 being terrible and 5 being excellent)?

If I asked "why?" most people would answer, "I just don't have the time." or "I don't want to fill up email inboxes".
Well, there's good news and bad news...and then more good news. I think we all do fairly well. There are certainly so many ways to keep in touch...and new ones almost every day!

Dear League Leaders,

When I went to my first Convention as a new local League president, I found the LWVUS convention educational, inspirational, exhilarating, and exciting. It remains that way for me today.

I was so green that I didn't know what "PMP" was! I was so awestruck that I couldn't even ask for help for fear I would embarrass myself. FEAR NOT! Join me for three great workshops that will relieve you of any jitters!

Dear League Leaders,

It's that time of year again. For your League it may be the time to plan for the coming year or look back and see if you met those goals. The LWVUS Convention is the perfect place to get all the help you will need to start a successful League year. There will be a team of "gardeners" to give you tips to TEND YOUR GARDEN TO ACHIEVE A HEALTHY LEAGUE. I hope to see to at some workshops!

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#52: Psych 101

Dear League Leaders,

See of you can catch yourself thinking these thoughts:

Assumption #1: There is a right answer and it is mine.

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#53: It's Free

Dear League Leaders,

Leagues are always looking for budget conscious ways to get more publicity. Here is a list of free resources Leagues can use as part of their publicity strategy. Some items on this list take a lot of time and effort and some are simple tasks. These tools can increase awareness about your League, while aiding in acquiring new supporters and building relationships. Including these ideas in your publicity plan will help you meet your goals of getting more volunteers and donations.

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