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23 Jan

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rc-2qpz4pHNzfroVQZCT-X4lvk7N7m-ng

Link for Viewing League Redistricting Panel Thurs. Jan 21st 5:30-7pm

19 Jan

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9750158759

Log in and Watch our Panel discuss drawing fair district lines

after the panel share your ideas by typing in the chat room, or by turning on your microphone. During the event you will have your video and mic off.

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“We The People” should pick politicians, not the other way around. We must end gerrymandering now!

Event will be streamed on facebook-link here: https://www.facebook.com/LWVEC/

Please Contact Tim Wesco before Indiana’s Jan. 19th Election Committee Meeting. He is the Chair

17 Jan

League of Women Voters of Elkhart County

COPY AND PASTE, THEN ADD YOUR OWN NAME- PLEASE INDICATE IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE LEAGUE. SEND TO h21@iga.in.gov or phone (317) 232 9753

Dear Representative Time Wesco,

Founded by the activists who secured voting rights for women, the League of Women Voters has always worked to promote the values and processes of representative government that are open, accountable, and responsive to the people.Voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed and actively protected.The League of Women Voters strongly advocates for the removal of any barriers that restrict and disenfranchise voters.

The League has established a League of Women Voters of Indiana’s Voter Services Coordinating Committee, I am calling on you as the House Chair of Electionsto support bills during this 2021 session that would expand voters’ access and oppose bills or language in bills that would deny or hinder free, fair, and equal access to…

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Please Contact Tim Wesco before Indiana’s Jan. 19th Election Committee Meeting. He is the Chair

16 Jan

COPY AND PASTE, THEN ADD YOUR OWN NAME- PLEASE INDICATE IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE LEAGUE. SEND TO h21@iga.in.gov or phone (317) 232 9753

Dear Representative Time Wesco,

Founded by the activists who secured voting rights for women, the League of Women Voters has always worked to promote the values and processes of representative government that are open, accountable, and responsive to the people.  Voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed and actively protected.  The League of Women Voters strongly advocates for the removal of any barriers that restrict and disenfranchise voters.

The League has established a League of Women Voters of Indiana’s Voter Services Coordinating Committee, I am calling on you as the House Chair of Elections to support bills during this 2021 session that would expand voters’ access and oppose bills or language in bills that would deny or hinder free, fair, and equal access to voting.  

It is especially important to increase the accessibility of registration and voting for those with disabilities; college students; working families; and minority and underserved populations.  Same day registration, eliminating restrictions on who can cast an absentee ballot, and extending polling hours on Election Day are barriers that currently impede and disenfranchise Hoosier voters and require action by your committee.   

Legislation is also needed to establish consistent voting procedures and processes statewide.  A fair and equitable implementation of early voting and vote centers and enhanced poll worker training are critical priorities that are essential to protecting the votes of Hoosiers.  

The right to vote is a fundamental principle of our democracy.  Obstacles impeding citizen participation must be addressed by lawmakers.  When more Hoosiers participate in our elections, the outcome better reflects who we are as a state, and increased civic engagement.  Elections impact every aspect of our lives, and all eligible voters should have equal access to the ballot box.  The League of Women Voters of Elkhart County looks forward to future VOTER rights and FAIR district laws.

sign and send

As a member of the Indiana League Voter Services Coordinating Committee, I have already sent Representative Wesco a letter, But the more input from citizens regarding Indiana Voting rights, the better. Let him know we are watching. Tell him stories about bad experiences from the 2020 election. We only had one drop box in the whole of elkhart county- in Goshen. Tell him if you think vote by mail should be automatic in Indiana. The population is getting older and this is probably not the last pandemic to hit. I know this applies to him, but tell him why you don’t think someone from Granger who infrequently comes to Elkhart City meetings should represent the downtown Elkhart population. (Gerrymandering). Thank You for being an active worker for democracy and fair VOTING AND VOTING DISTRICTS. Keep in touch for more League Activities, Bev Wiemeri League Web Master

Why do we have people in Congress who don’t represent us- Stop Gerrymandering in Indiana now- League Campaign.

12 Jan

Arnold Schwarzenegger on Congress and Gerrymandering:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w-pgvRsIuE 

LWV Elkhart County ZOOM Event Jan 21st  5:30-7pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9750158759

google calendar link https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/r/eventedit/copy/NWJsb3FlOHVsa2pwNDUwczRuOG9tazFhNzMgbHd2ZWxraGFydGNvdW50eUBt/am9ub2tyYXdjenlrQGdtYWlsLmNvbQ?sf=true

* Recording available on https://www.facebook.com/LWVEC/

   How should FAIR district lines be drawn? This is your chance to join the decision. This ZOOM meeting will have a panel to discuss redistricting with us and present suggestions on how FAIR lines should be drawn.  Next step, present our maps to the State Legislature. 

Jan 21stRedistricting Panel

                 Paulette Vandgriff, LWV redistricting committee

                Arvis Dawson, Elkhart City Council Member

                Mike Yoder, former Elkhart County Council President 

 

Doing Nothing Hurts Democracy

11 Jan

League Stand on Removal of President Trump

9 Jan


Last night, the full LWVUS and LWVEF boards met to consider the events of this week and unanimously voted to call for the removal of President Trump from the office of the president
And this afternoon, we issued an action alert for people to call their senators and ask them to support impeachment. 
This was an unprecedented decision for our organization. As a respected, 100-year-old nonpartisan institution, the League’s action represents the grave and extraordinary nature of this moment in history. The world we live in is fundamentally different after the events of January 6. Donald Trump showed himself to be a dangerous agitator with the power and will to upend our democracy by force. He is a threat to our republic and to our national security. We know that this decision will be controversial, but this moment in history demands we protect and defend our democracy. We cannot stand silent as the actions of President Trump this week have demonstrated he is unfit for office. We will not endure the next two weeks and the potential for further damage to our democracy and the world. It is time to remove him from office by any legal means possible, which is why LWVUS supports both impeachment and the 25th Amendment as viable options to ensure safety of Americans and preservation of our republic. The statement we issued this morning was not a partisan one. As we made clear in the statement, we support the processes that would remove Donald Trump and install Mike Pence as president for the remainder of the term. On January 21, we are hosting a webinar how our nonpartisan and DEI policies intersect and how to navigate them during hyper-partisan times. We welcome everyone to attend. All of you, our members across the country and around the world, have joined this organization because you believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy. Today, we ask you to stand together in this decision to defend democracy as we have for 100 years. 

In solidarity, 
Dr. Deborah Ann Turner signatureDr. Deborah Ann Turner
Board President, LWVUS

You can serve on the Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission- Apply Now

29 Dec

Click above for information on redistricting commissions.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 11:59 PM., JANUARY 4TH, 2021

 
Structure

The ICRC will be composed of nine members:  three Republicans, three Democrats and three members who are neither Republican nor Democrat.  

Once selected, the members will select a chairperson who must not be affiliated with either of the major political parties.  

The ICRC will begin its work in early January 2021.  We do not know what effect COVID-19 or the potential for delayed data from the U.S. Census Bureau may have on the time or work of the ICRC.  

More information will be provided by All IN for Democracy as we get it.  

A small stipend of $500 will be provided to ICRC members at the end of the project.
   
Conflicts of Interest that Prohibit Certain Applicants:
The ICRC seeks to create a redistricting process that is independent from legislative influence.  Therefore, certain people are prohibited from applying for membership.  If an individual answers YES to any of the following questions, the individual would not be eligible to serve on the Commission.

1. Were you elected to, appointed to or a candidate for a federal office within the past 6 years?
2. Were you elected to, appointed to, or a candidate for a state office within the past 6 years?
3. Were you elected to, appointed to, or a candidate for a local office within the past 6 years?
4. Have you served as an officer for a state or local political party within the past 6 years?  (A Precinct Committee Person would not disqualify the individual.)
5. Have you worked as a registered lobbyist at the local, state, or federal level within the past 6 years?  
6. Have you worked as a staff person for an elected official at the local, state, or federal level within the past 6 years?  
7. Have you worked for a federal or state agency within the past 6 years? (Employees of the courts, institutions of higher learning, and the armed forces ARE eligible to serve on the commission.)
8. Have you worked as a consultant or staff to a political campaign within the past 6 years? 
9. Have you or a member of your household contributed more than $2500 to political candidates or PACs in the previous calendar year?    
10. Are you an immediate family member (spouse, child or stepchild, parent, niece, nephew, grandchild) of a person described in 1 – 8 above?  

CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION FORM
 
The League of Women Voters of Elkhart County will be launching a REDISTRICTING CAMPAIGN in January along with other Indiana leagues, Common Cause, Brennan center for Justice, and many other Voting rights groups- stay tuned. 

Election Protection Hotline 1-866-OUR-VOTE

31 Oct

The League of Women Voters of Indiana, Common Cause, ACLU and the State of Indiana want you to PLEASE CALL 1-866-OUR-VOTE AND REPORT ANY IRREGULARITY OR PROBLEMS AT YOUR POLLING PLACE.

Hopefully voting and vote counting in Elkhart county will go smoothly. The State League has formed a rapid response network for election day. So please also report any incident, problems like poling places not opening on time, polling places being changed, poll observers issues, etc. to the league. The LWVUS will be informed and law suits may be filed.

call or E-mail: Linda Hanson lhanson43@gmail.com 765-749-7845 , Barb Schilling bartim@att.net 219-789-5636, Patrice Waidner pewaidner@gmail.com 317-408-8554

September 22nd is National Voter Registration Day- Go to Indianavoters.in.gov and update your registration.

19 Sep
Day One of Registration at the Midwest Museum of Art. August 18th.
Bev Wiemeri and Janet Evanega
Day Two of Museum Registration , August 19th. Junta Havens & Bev Wiemeri

Kathy Freese, Bev Wiemeri, and Janet Evanega assisted voters in Registration and applying for absentee ballots. You can register until October 5th. Apply for absentee ballot (mail in) until Oct 22nd. But PLEASE DO NOT WAIT. GO ON www.Indianavoters.in.gov now. start by checking your voter registration, this will get you to your voter portal where you can change your registration for address or name change or apply for mail in ballot. This site will inform you (after a few days ) that they have your correct registration,and if your mail in ballot application has arrived. It will also tell you that they have your mail in ballot after you vote. (please mail it in early). DON’T FORGET , YOU CAN VOTE EARLY AS ABSENTEE BY JUST GOING TO THE LINCOLN CENTER. OCT 6- NOV 2. Information on early voting times and places in the county are on https://clerk.elkhartcounty.com/index.php

our voting rights are being challenged- RBG on voting rights

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