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Post-Convention Q&A Session - Shared screen with speaker view
Anne Omsted
20:05
Anne Omsted from North County San Diego
Marieann Shovlin
20:34
Hi from LWV Cupertino-Sunnyvale - Silicon Valley central
Rachel Poller
20:39
Greetings from Hendersonville, NC!
Judy Kelch
20:52
Greetings from Prescott, AZ
Susan Clark
21:02
Hi! Susan Clark, from Edina, MN
Michele Lamberti
21:13
Michele Lamberti from LWV Port Washington-Manhasset (NY)
Debra Barger
21:23
Hi from Chico, CA LWV of Butte County
Ann Birch
21:46
Ann Birch from Bloomington-Monroe County Indiana
Doug Cooper
21:47
Doug Cooper - Marin County, CA
Christina Schlitt
22:31
Christina Schlitt-Michigan
Joanne Evers
22:34
Joanne Evers LWV of Greater Lafayette, Indiana
Mary Ann Williams
22:35
Hello. Mary Ann Williams. LWV of Bloomington-Monroe County Indiana. Hope you'll announce the number of attendees this evening!
Denise Hartsough
22:39
Denise Hartsough from Kalamazoo, Michigan--LWV of the Kalamazoo Area & LWV of Michigan
Margaret Lukens
22:45
Hello from North & Central San Mateo County, California
nancy mahr
23:15
Nancy Mahr, Palos Verdes, Peninsula, CA
Cynthia Boddie-Willis
23:16
Hello from Maryland - LWV Montgomery County
William Litvin
23:20
Bill Litvin. hello from berks county PA
Karen Crowley
23:23
Hi to All - Karen Crowley from LWV Snohomish County, WA
Joanna Cullen
23:24
Hi from Joanna Cullen, Seattle-King County
Bridget Tarrant
23:36
Hello from North Carolina! LWV of the Lower Cape Fear
Joy Fulkerson
23:39
Joy Fulkerson - League of Women Voters of Northeast Tennessee In Johnson City, Tennessee
Constance Weiss
23:49
Hello from Washington, DC
Anne Montgomery
23:49
Anne Montgomery - LWV-Grand Traverse Area - Voter Services Co Chair
Ellen Miller
24:04
Hello from Johnson County, KS.
Susannah Scott
24:11
Susannah Scott - Georgia
Shirley Buel
24:34
Hello from LWV of Rensselaer County in NY!
Diana Wardell
24:52
Hello from LWV of the North Country, NY (Plattsburgh)
Jill Sawyer
25:20
Jill Sawyer from LWV of the Oberlin Area, in Ohio!
Gwynn Mettetal
27:13
Hello from the LWV of Northeast Tennessee!
Charlotte Nycklemoe
27:58
Tuning in from Florida! LWVFL
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Helen Hutchison
41:25
Nonpartisanship has been a discussion item/issue for the whole 50 years I’ve been a member of the League.
Richard Willson
42:59
If we don't continue to discuss it, we will lose it!
Judith P Wood
44:03
Hello from Tucson, AZ
Raechel Garafalo
45:16
Was always of the understanding that the League doesn’t support or oppose political candidates or parties. While a Judicial nominee is not a candidate, it does raise the questions of support.
Helen Hutchison
46:16
We don’t support or oppose parties or candidates — but we DO advocate for a process that is inclusive and fair.
Norman Turrill
46:30
Nonpartisan does not mean apolitical!
Bridget Tarrant
47:24
Unfortunately many of the LWV's positions are now considered partisan in this current environment.
Ilene Kahn
47:50
Some accuse us of being a Democratic organization, but we do not follow Democrats, they just ascribe to some of our platform issues
Shawn Gilbert
48:40
and, vice versa
Joanne Evers
48:43
Our positions have not changed the political environment around us has changed.
Judy Kelch
48:44
Our platform issues should be presented in "nonpartisan" terms
Richard Willson
48:49
Our positions can BECOME partisan issues as the landscape changes!
Bridget Tarrant
49:09
Correct Joanne. But that's why we're considered partisan!
Anna Kinney
49:42
Even defending democracy can be considered partisan these days.
Teresa Basey
50:22
If we try to be “nonpartisan” by not agreeing with any party on the issues, then we will be more partisan than ever as we constantly adjust to their positions. Our positions are based on research and studies, not parties. So, when a party moves to the extreme and leaves us completely out that cannot affect our nonpartisan stance since it’s not based on what they support or oppose.
Bridget Tarrant
50:37
So true Anna.
Susan Ferris
51:05
We don’t support or oppose parties or candidates — we DO advocate for issues we have agreed to support as the LWV. We advocate for issues. Period.
Marcia Wattson
51:08
Example - Ranked Choice Voting and other election systems are political but not partisan. Redistricting, Voting Rights, Environment Issues, Reproductive Rights, Separation of Church and State, etc. If we don't take positions on these we will be irrelevant.
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51:44
Link to Non Partisanship presentation from Council 2019 as presented by attorney John Pomeranz https://www.lwv.org/sites/default/files/2019-07/ExercisingOurPower_501c3c4.pdf
Judy Kelch
51:49
If we keep preaching to the choir we become irrelevant
Suzanne Brock
52:04
I don't believe our positions are partisan. Those who try to accuse us of being partisan have not looked at the wording of the positions. Our positions generally display concern with people, country, equality, fair elections, etc.
Charlotte Nycklemoe
52:23
I posted the LWVUS statement regarding Federal Troops in Portland and other cities. I had a response comment stating, “I thought the League was nonpartisan”.
Joanna Cullen
54:37
Some don't consider non violent protest to be polite as people are protesting. ARe we against protest?
Susan Ferris
55:01
As a LWV President I was VERY aware that MANY- too many- members were completely unaware that we had positions on issues. I spent time to get copies of the issues and the positions the LWV has on these positions. There needs to be GREATER communication that this issues were studied, in a non partisan way (all sides presented) and then LWVs made decisions about their support. These issues are many. The process long. Greater communication of these issues need to be given.
Bridget Tarrant
56:43
Agreed! I'm fairly new to the League and wasn't aware of all the LWV positions until the convention.
Helen Hutchison
56:49
When I’m told things like “I thought the League was nonpartisan”, I reply that we ARE nonpartisan — but that we are also political. And I remind them of how we define nonpartisan — that we don’t support or oppose parties and candidates.
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56:52
Elections Resources via LWVUS Mission Impact Department https://www.lwv.org/league-management/mission-impact-tools/elections-toolsOrganizing resources via LWVUS Organizing Department https://www.lwv.org/league-management/recruitment-engagement/organizing-resources-build-league-power
Richard Willson
57:03
It takes great skill to stick to the positions without falling into use of phrases and words with particular current-meanings that may not be an exact match with the position we are advocating. Maryland deferred on signing a coalition letter recently where we agreed on the policy and principles being advocated but not with the sentiment, "Therefore we demand...".
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57:59
LWV Impact on Issues. Updated every two yearshttps://www.lwv.org/sites/default/files/2019-04/LWV%202018-20%20Impact%20on%20Issues.pdf
Kathy Chiron
59:57
I have a question about volunteers, who may not be as familiar with our nonpartisan policy, but represent the League as they participate. Unintenionally they may put the League at risk. I try to remind everyone that they can wear only one hat at a time - and the League hat has to be staunchly nonpartisan. not easy:-)
Christina Johanningmeier
01:01:19
Working the polls is great, BTW.
Kathy Chiron
01:01:21
DC has plans to give out community service credits to teens who will be poll workers.
Christina Johanningmeier
01:01:55
Doesn’t DC pay?
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01:02:12
COVID-19 Guidance https://www.lwv.org/covidguidance
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01:02:38
Voter Registration During COVID-19 https://www.lwv.org/league-management/elections-tools/guidance-voter-registration-activities-during-covid-19
Bridget Tarrant
01:04:02
Can you include these links in a follow up email?
Evelyn C Murphy, PhD (she/her)
01:04:53
Kathy C. In our League (Southern Monmouth County, NJ) we begin with a training and then pair new VR volunteers with experienced ones to mentor them.
Joanna Cullen
01:05:41
I like conversation where I can listen to everyone, but my definition may differ from another when it comes to what is civil discourse.
Kathy Chiron
01:06:01
thanks Evelyn
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01:06:33
Advocacy Template: Elections Funding https://www.lwv.org/league-management/voting-rights-tools/advocacy-template-covid-elections-fundingSharing work during COVID-19 https://www.lwv.org/league-management/how-share-our-work-during-covid-19COVID-19 Talking Points https://www.lwv.org/league-management/talking-points-templates/talking-points-leagues-use-voters-during-covid-19ERA and COVID-19 https://www.lwv.org/league-management/statistics-relate-covid-your-era-advocacy-work
Karen Crowley
01:08:58
How are we supporting the US Post Office, making sure this constitutionally mandated service continues to be robust? Absolutely critical a we see more and more access to mail-in ballots!
Ann Birch
01:09:06
Looking at the URLs above brings up an important topic: the difficulty with finding what you need on the league management website.
Doug Cooper
01:09:15
Anything we can do to help the predicament of US registered voters living abroad facing quite unusual mail delays during the USPS slowdown? Those voters are quite anxious that will not get, let alone be able to return, their vote-by-mail ballot in time to be counted. That is a large number of voters that could be disenfranchised.
Evelyn C Murphy, PhD (she/her)
01:09:16
I seem to recall that 9-11 was a Primary Day in New York State.
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01:09:27
GOTV Best Practices https://www.lwv.org/league-management/elections-tools/get-out-vote-best-practices-guide
Kathy Chiron
01:09:35
Is there a short piece about Virginia’s role with the National election group and also this task force that we could add to our newsletter?
Kelly McFarland
01:09:41
We will share the links in a follow-up email to attendees.
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01:09:53
We will share all links in one place after the webinar :)
Helen Hutchison
01:10:02
Is there a place we can see who is on this task force — and others?
Diz Swift
01:10:06
A key role of our League is to see fair elections. The 2020 election is an historic election that can go right or very wrong. It's up to all of us to see it is fair.
Joanna Cullen
01:10:13
yes, more thought has to be given to what great mail-in and early voting requirements need to be in place to produce fair elections.
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01:10:36
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Kathy Chiron
01:12:36
Doug, the US embassies and consulates will include ballots in their diplomatic pouches, not always publicized. there should be one FSO, foreign service office, who is responsible for voter registration in each post.
Lisa Mertz
01:14:26
Hi from upstate NY, Chautauqua County LWV!
Ilene Kahn
01:14:27
Here! Here! on an easier to navigate LWV main and Mgmt sites
Charlotte Nycklemoe
01:15:38
Couldn’t agree more re: navigating the Nat’l website. Please work on making it easier.
Doug Cooper
01:16:26
Have you thought about "social justice bonds", e.g. following lead of Darren Walker, Ford Foundation? This is a critical point in time to not only continue our efforts but find ways to go even bigger than ever.
Joanna Cullen
01:16:33
I would not want the grassroot nature of the league to be forgotten. I think the levels that it isn't as much of an issue at the local levels as you may imagine.
Richard Willson
01:18:15
How does a local League gain access to Board Source resources?
Diz Swift
01:18:15
Tomorrow we have a LWV meeting of the climate change working group and the climate change task force. We will be doing inter-League communication!
Gail Viamonte
01:18:31
Furthering League to League communication- YES! One of the great pleasures of the Caucuses was the opportunity to see what other Leagues were doing and hear about their thinking processes.
Vijaya Jammalamadaka
01:19:29
Diz, please send me info about the climate change meeting. Thanks.
Ann Birch
01:20:00
What's the diff between working group and task force?
Susan Ferris
01:20:28
Please provide the link for members to use to sign up for LWV updates
Ilene Kahn
01:20:57
http://participate.lwv.org/signup_page/league-update?_ga=2.80419735.1013182041.1595860461-101849801.1549570938
Chris Humphries
01:20:57
New members are getting lost in the org. We tutors to helpwith and to stay in the league.
Gail Viamonte
01:21:05
Agreed about the crucial significance of the League as a grassroots organization!
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01:21:27
https://www.lwv.org/league-management/council-convention/2020-convention-virtual-caucuses-and-info-sessionsCaucus resources from Convention. BoardSource info session recording is included!
Ilene Kahn
01:21:31
I use the idea of adopting a member to mentor newer members
Sandra Flake
01:21:32
This kind of conversation is invaluable! Thanks so much. We need more of this periodically. It stimulates how we move forward in local leagues.
Ann Birch
01:21:47
Yes, very worthwhile
Diz Swift
01:22:24
On climate, there is no difference between the working group and task force. We're merging. Join us!
Lisa Yacso
01:23:03
I agree. This is the kind of interactive and dynamic conversation we need. We should have these calls on a bi-monthly basis to stay connected.
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01:23:16
DEI Webinars (includes registration and past recordings/resources)https://www.lwv.org/league-management/leadership-development/lwv-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-webinars
Ilene Kahn
01:23:26
More breakouts would be great!
Lisa Yacso
01:23:50
And I love this chat too!
Marcia Wattson
01:25:34
Great ideas and excellent update. Do this more often!
Shawn Gilbert
01:26:03
Loved having this intimate conversation with our leaders in the League. It helps to feel more connected to the national level. Thank you Deborah, Virginia, and Christina.
Gail Viamonte
01:26:08
Thanks to all for this rich exchange. Yes--let's do this again/regularly.
Kathy Chiron
01:26:10
thanks all! yes, I’d love to see this more often too.
Lisa Mertz
01:26:17
Thank you! I hope you will offer webinars on some of these topics soon.
Lisa Yacso
01:26:33
Thank you all!
Sharon Anderson
01:26:45
Thank you so much! Sharon in DC
Susan Ferris
01:26:50
We so need more of these
Marieann Shovlin
01:26:53
thanks so much - let’s do this kind of conversation more often!
Doug Cooper
01:26:56
Maybe keep doing this monthly?
Ilene Kahn
01:26:58
Thanks you for taking the time!!!
Judy Kelch
01:26:59
Thanks - please do more often!
Diana Wardell
01:27:00
Thank you for this gathering!
Susan Ferris
01:27:06
So so need more of these virtual meetings
Amy Shriver Dreussi
01:27:09
Bye everyone! Thanks!
Maxine Anderson
01:27:13
Thanks for presenting this.
Bridget Tarrant
01:27:14
Thank you!
Susan Ferris
01:27:20
A makes for a terrific connection to ALL and the LwV