League of Women Voters of Texas Action News! January 2020

League of Women Voters of Texas Action News! January 2020

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Get ready for the Texas Primaries! This is an exciting election!

Do you know what makes me really happy? When I hear a young or new voter say they are voting in this election. Consistent voters are contacted (repeatedly) by candidates. I need your help to encourage new and young voters to vote in the Texas’ March 3rd Primary Elections!
Here's what you can do:
#1 Share the nonpartisan Voters Guide!
It will be available online at www.VOTE411.org and www.LWVTexas before early voting. Voters are more likely to participate in the primaries if they know how to compare candidates on their ballot.
#2 Share nonpartisan information voters need to vote in the election! 
#3 Fight misinformation!
A concern of the League is voting and election misinformation. To combat this the League is encouraging voters to use trusted resources for voting and election information. Follow and share voting and election information from trusted sources like the League of Women VotersLeague of Women Voters of Texas official social media accounts: 
We all make a difference! You are empowering voters and defending democracy in Texas!
Thank you!!
Grace Chimene, President, League of Women Voters of Texas
PS: Breaking news: Your Texas League's voter education web pages had over a million hits in the 3 weeks before the Constitutional Amendment election! Wow!


The Texas League in Action!

LWVTX Joins Law Suit Against Secretary of State, Again!

The League of Women Voters of Texas along with MOVE Texas Civic Fund and several individuals are being represented by the Texas Civil Rights Project in another lawsuit against the Texas Secretary of State's office. Under the National Voter Registration Act, every time an eligible resident obtains, renews, or updates his or her driver’s license with Department of Public Safety, the State must ensure that the driver’s license application simultaneously serves as a voter registration application.
In 2018, after years of litigation, Chief Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that the State was indeed violating the NVRA and constitutional rights of its citizens and that the State’s system must be promptly reformed. But, Texas is still systemically failing to register Texas voters when they submit a driver’s license renewal or change-of-address application during online driver’s license transactions.
The rule seems simple enough: If it’s good enough for motorist licensing, then it ought to be good enough for voter registration.

2020 Primary Election Voters Guide Coming Soon!

Would you like to Sponsor the LWVTX 2020 Primary Election Voters Guide? Click here!  
Would you like to provide 2020 Primary Election Voters Guides to counties around the Texas with no local League? Donate now! 
If your organization or school wants printed nonpartisan Voters Guide from LWV Texas. Order printed copies of the League of Women Voters of Texas 2020 Primary Election Voters Guides now! Deadline to order and/or sponsor the Voters Guide is noon, Friday, January 10. 

2020 Census & Redistricting: Texas Public Input Hearings

The 2020 schedule of Public Input Hearing for the Texas House and Senate Redistricting Committees is now available. Hearings will be held in over 20 communities in Texas. (click here.)
You are invited to attend a local public hearing to let your state legislators know your concerns, where your community is located and encourage them to conduct a transparent process. Here is guidance for how to testify.  If you are unable to attend a hearing and would still like to provide testimony, you may email or call legislators on the Redistricting Committee.
Additional resources:

Volunteers needed for Texas Election Protection

The League of Women Voters is a core member of the Texas Election Protection Coalition.
Members, supporters, friends and family may sign up to work as a trained Election Protection volunteer. There is a need for field volunteers to work the polling sites and for lawyers.
 A link to sign up is on the League's Election Protection web page.

LWV San Antonio Talks Election Engagement

Glenda Wolin, LWV San Antonio Area VP of Voter Services, explains the importance of voting in the primaries on KABB FOX San Antonio's Focus on South Texas talk show Dec. 7th.
LWV El Paso Training event for Volunteer Deputy Registrars

LWV Tarrant County to Train Volunteer Voter Registrars

Like so many Leagues across Texas, LWV Tarrant County is hosting Volunteer Deputy Registrar training. Check with your local League or county elections office to find out about becoming a Volunteer Deputy Registrar in your county.

Teach Me How to Texas!

LWVTX Partners with the Texas Tribune
Learn everything you need to know about Texas elections in The Texas Tribune’s free five-week crash course, Teach Me How to Texas. You’ll learn interesting facts about Texas’ past and culture, how different communities and regions in Texas vote, how candidates raise and spend money, how to spot a good poll from a bad one, and how to decode your November ballot. Sign up for this 5-week email course here.


3: Last day to register to vote for the Texas March 3rd Primary Election 
18-23: Early Voting 
21: Last day to apply to vote by mail 
March 3: Texas Primary Election (Republican & Democratic Primary - Libertarians & Green Party choose their candidates at conventions)
April 17 to 19: LWVTX Convention in Austin
June 25-29: LWVUS Convention in Washington, DC
November 3: Election Day
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