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Date: 12/7/2021
Subject: Tips to Help Voters! LWVTX December Action News!
From: Grace Chimene



December 2021 Action News!
President's Message: 
 The Texas League - 2021 and 2022. Donate Now!
 
Dear ~~first_name~~,

We are facing strong anti-democracy forces in Texas. As a statewide volunteer grassroots organization, the League has the unique boots-on-the-ground strength to empower voters and defend democracy in Texas. I am asking you to make a generous end-of-year donation to the League of Women Voters of Texas today. Your gift will ensure that we continue to meet and surmount the challenges of 2022... and beyond! 

 

With your support the League of Women Voters of Texas rose to the daunting challenges of 2021. This year the 87th Texas Legislative Session and the three Special Sessions convened during a worldwide pandemic. Using the League’s Action Center to ensure your voices were heard at the Capitol -- 7,000+  League members and supporters sent over 242,000 emails to Texas senators, representatives, as well as our state leadership! While the Legislative sessions resulted in setbacks to voting, reproductive, transgender and other rights, our advocacy resulted in many of the worst proposals being dropped from harmful legislation. 

 

In 2022, the League will use every channel and opportunity to educate voters about the new Texas election laws so that Texans can overcome the barriers and confusion created by the new election bills. We have already begun! See our Tips for Voters fact sheet and webinar information below. 

 

We will fight for the freedom for ALL Texas voters to vote, including those in communities hardest hit by the changes: Black, Latinx, Asian American, and Pacific Islander voters; voters with disabilities; and young and rural voters. We must continue to work to empower voters and defend democracy in rural, urban and suburban communities across Texas.  We need your help. Will you stand with us and make a generous year-end gift to the League?

 

~~first_name~~, your efforts through the League make a difference! Thank you!

Grace Chimene
President
PS: I am immensely proud of the work our League community of volunteers and advocates accomplished across the state.  Please have a look  at the 2021 LWV Texas Annual Report for more information about our 2021 activities and successes. 
Your Texas League in Action!

Tips to Help Voters with the New Election Laws!

 

Get Out the Vote in 2022! 

Voter education impacts voter turnout! Together we can motivate and encourage Texans to participate in the voting process. You can help by sharing these simple Tips to Help Voters with New Election Laws. This one-pager provides a short explanation of the changes in the new 2021 election laws.  Additional information on How to Be a Voter is at lwvtexas.orgLeagues across Texas work to understand the voters in their community and reach out to underserved voters. We take complicated election laws and simplify them to help voters so voting is easy. To reach more voters we offer voter education in different languages and use different media to reach more voters including social media, TV, radio, print, online and in person. 

 

Webinar: Tips for Voters with Disabilities and Voters over 65 - Impact of New Election Laws 

December 15 at Noon

The League of Women Voters of Texas and Disability Rights Texas are hosting this one-hour free webinar to review the new election laws enacted by the 87th Texas Legislature. The presenters will address the new laws regarding vote by mail, vote curbside, and those assist other voters. The goal of this webinar is to lessen the impact on voters with disabilities and voters over 65. To register click here


Action on Redistricting!

 

1. LWV OF Texas Joins Partners to File Federal Redistricting Lawsuit

LWV of Texas joined partners in filing a federal lawsuit alleging that the recently drawn maps discriminate against Black, Latinx, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) residents. The complaint focuses on districts in many of Texas’ fastest-growing cities and suburban areas, where the political power of communities of color is being diminished to benefit areas with higher white populations. LWV Texas remains committed to action and allyship as we strive to build an anti-racist nation. Click here for full press release. 


2. LWVTX Redistricting Issue Chair Stephanie Swanson quoted on KERA News.


3. LWVUS Video: What is Redistricting?


4. NEW Texas Maps!

Here are the maps of the recently approved districts voted on by the Texas Legislature.  Just zoom in to see your area.

US Congressional Districts

Texas Senate Districts

Texas House of Representatives Districts 

Collin County Commissioners Precincts

Texas State Board of Education Districts


Learn more on the Texas League's Redistricting webpage.


Your 2022 Primary Election Voter Guides! 


The State League will publish its Voters Guide for the 2022 Primary Election that takes place March 1st. With new maps, and so many races and candidates, it’s going to be packed full of useful information! The League will provide printed Voters Guides in English and Spanish. Although our cost per Guide will be significantly higher for this election vs. prior elections, we are not changing the price charged to our Leagues or our partners in the state because we know you need this resource in your communities.

 

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring the LWVTX Voters Guide, please check out our Voters Guide Sponsorship information on the League's Donate page.

Texas Local Leagues in Action!
Webinar: Rural Healthcare in 2021 - An Inside Perspective

 

Janis Richardson, LWVTX Vice President for Service to Local Leagues and President of the LWV South Central Texas has been networking with rural Leagues in New York.  Janis, Cathy Learoyd, president of the LWV Hill Country Texas, and Kathleen Stein of the LWV St. Lawrence County, New York organized a webinar to celebrate National Rural Health Day in November. Guest speakers included:

  • Jayne Pope, CEO, Hill Country Memorial

  • Dr. Reginald Knight, Senior Vice President & Chief Physician Executive of the Basset Health Care Network

  • John Henderson, President/CEO, Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH)

The presentations were live-streamed on Facebook and can be viewed here

FYI:

Media Bias: It's More Complex Than You Think

Tuesday, December 14th, at 5pm

The phrase media bias is often thought as the tendency of a reporter to slant a story in favor of or against a political cause. In fact, the topic is more subtle. It can be based on what stories are covered and which are not; which stories are substantiated by facts; or even in what stories are deemed most important to cover. Professor Hershey discusses some of these more subtle forms of bias that can impact how a person perceives a political personality or event. Register here.


League of Women Voters of Texas 2022 Convention - FIRST CALL!

 April 8-10, 2022 in Austin

 

 We invite all Leagues in Texas to send delegates to our biennial convention. At the convention we will: 

  • Elect a new Board of Directors for 2022-2024

  • Vote on issue updates, amendments, and possible new study

  • Vote on a two-year budget and bylaws changes

  • Hold training workshops

Registration: $150 (Includes complimentary luncheon on Saturday.) Registration form will be sent to League members in February. 

Hotel: $125 per night (1-2 persons.) Make your reservations separately with this link: League of Women Voters 2022 or call the hotel at 512-371-5246. 

Radisson Austin Hotel,   6121 N. I-35,   Austin, TX 78752

 
More details to follow.

Women Power the Vote - A Making Democracy Work Dinner

 Save the Date! Friday, April 8, 2022 

 

Radisson Hotel:  6121 North Interstate Highway 35 Austin, Texas 78752 

Details coming soon.

Your Texas League in the News!
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