Making Democracy Work

Because democracy is not a spectator sport

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. The League does not support or oppose any candidate or political party. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday and are looking forward to a wonderful holiday season. You now have the opportunity to start the season by joining your fellow League members and friends at the LWVW's Annual Holiday Luncheon, Friday, December 9th. There will be good food, program, conversation and enjoyment by all.

Our Holiday Luncheon is the first LWVW fundraising event in many years and we hope that you can attend, or if not, make a donation.

LWVW TO HEAR JUDGE JONATHAN LIPPMAN AT THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WESTCHESTER HOLIDAY LUNCHEON

Featured Guest Speaker: The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Retired Chief Judge of New York and Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals

Topic: "Fairness in the Criminal and Civil Justice System"

Date/Time: December 9, 2016 at 1PM

Location: Scarsdale Women's Club, 37 Drake Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583

Cost: $75 for members; $100 for guests

Luncheon Tickets

To pay by mail, please send check payable to LWVW,Inc. to 570 Taxter Road, Elmsford, NY 10528. All reservations held at door. For additional information call the League office, 914-949-0507 or email LWVWestchester@optonline.net.

The Proposed 2017 Westchester County Budget

Learn the Facts

Ask Questions

Reach Consensus

When: Thursday, November 17, 2017; 3:00 to 6:00 pm

Where: Scarsdale Public Library, 54 Olmsted Road, Scarsdale NY

Sponsored by: League of Women Voters of Westchester

What: In a meeting open to the public, County Budget Director Lawrence Soule will present salient facts about both the proposed 2017 Operating Budget and the proposed 2017 Capital Projects Budget. A Q&A session will follow. After closing the meeting to the public, LWV members will discuss and reach consensus about the LWV statement to be made to County Legislators at a subsequent public hearing.

Madeline Zevon, from League of Women Voters on Universal Health Care in New York

Candidates Forum for Westchester County District Attorne

2016 LWVW Printed Voters' Guide Available

Copies are available in your library, at the Board of Elections, and in many community organization sites.

Copies are also available at the LWV of Westchester Office: 570 Taxter Road Suite565, Elmsford, New York 10523. Office hours are 10am to 2pm Monday, Wednesday,Thursday. Telephone: 914-949-0507

DIRECTORY OF OFFICIALS OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY CITIES, TOWNS & VILLAGES

The Directory is league-produced annually. To obtain copies, contact the league at lwvwestchester@optonline.net or (914)949-0507.

$6 per copy if picked up at the LWVW Office, 570 Taxter Road, Suite 565, Elmsford, New York.

$7 per copy if mailed.

Make checks payable to : LWVW Education Foundation

Send check to : LWVW Education Foundation, 570 Taxter Road, Suite 565, Elmsford, NY 10523

Note: Multiple Directory discount for order of 50 or more at $5 per Directory. Large orders must be picked up a the LWVW office.

Printing of this directory was made possible through a generous contribution from Con Edison.

The League is helping to register homeless voters.

A LWV of New Rochelle volunteer helps a registrant at Hope Soup Kitchen at St. Gabriel's church in New Rochelle.

This registrant became interested after watching the debate the night before. Iris Freed, the soup kitchen director, encouraged participants to register and a volunteer was on hand to help fill out the form.

Hope Community Services plans to transport area participants to 50 Sickles Place to vote on November 8th. The League of New Rochelle will assist that day as well.

"The Fight to Vote" by Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center

Read what Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice and author of "The Fight to Vote" has to say about our Right to Vote.

Michael Waldman and President Marylou Green at the LWV of Westchester 2016 Annual Luncheon.

National Voter Registration Day - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The League of Women Voters of Westchester and several local Leagues are participating in National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 27. It is part of a massive national effort to make sure that no one misses out on voting November 8 because he or she didn't register by the October 14 deadline.

See more at http://www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org/about. Look for volunteers at strategic spots throughout Westchester: Or download a voter registration form or an absentee ballot form at http://www.elections.ny.gov and mail it, drop it off, or pick up a form at the Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains.

REMEMBER TO REGISTER TO VOTE BEFORE THE DEADLINE
Register in person by Friday, October 14th

Register by mail: Postmarked by Friday, October 14th and received by October 19th

WILL YOU NEED AN ABSENTEE BALLOT?
Apply for absentee ballot in person by Monday, November 7th

Apply for absentee ballot by mail: postmarked by Tuesday, November 1st

Deliver ballot in person by Tuesday, November 8th at the Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains

Deliver ballot by mail: postmarked by Monday, November 7th and received by Saturday, November 12th

It's the end of the road for one of the worst anti-voter laws in the entire country.

League of Women Voters -- We did it!

On August 31, 2016, the League won the final battle in our long legal campaign to overturn North Carolina's voter discrimination law when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a bid to revive the outrageous measure.

It's the end of the road for one of the worst anti-voter laws in the entire country. It's a tremendous victory for hundreds of thousands of voters in North Carolina who could have otherwise been blocked from the polls.

And it's the latest contribution you and other League supporters have made in our ongoing campaign to protect the right of all Americans to vote. Thank you for standing with us!

Wednesday's ruling lets stand a lower court's order barring North Carolina from requiring photo IDs and ordering the state to restore a week of early voting and maintain same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting. In a blistering opinion, the lower court found that North Carolina's law targeted communities of color "with almost surgical precision."

The North Carolina law was one of many passed in states across the country shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the heart of the Voting Rights Act back in 2013. Wednesday's decision follows a string of other recent victories for voters' rights in states including Texas and Kansas.

I hope you are as encouraged by this latest news as everyone here at the League is--and I hope you feel a well-deserved sense of pride in contributing to it!

Thanks again for doing your part in Making Democracy Work®!

Sincerely,

Lloyd Leonard Senior Director of Advocacy

P.S. For information about the upcoming election in your state, be sure to check out VOTE411.org, the League's one-stop voter information resource.

League of Women Voters 1730 M Street NW, Suite 1000

We Won! Voting Rights Victory Again!

League of Women Voters

Dear Marylou,

On Friday, a federal appeals court sided with the League in our lawsuit against the state of North Carolina and overturned one of the worst voter-discrimination laws in the entire country. This is an overwhelming victory--not just for the League but, far more important, the hundreds of thousands of voters in North Carolina whose right to vote had been imperiled by the new law.

And it's a measure of the tremendous impact committed supporters like you are having in our ongoing campaign to protect voters' rights. Thank you for standing with us! The court barred North Carolina from requiring photo IDs and ordered the state to restore a week of early voting and pre-registration and maintain same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting.

In finding that the new law would disproportionately impact communities of color, the judges noted in their decision that "we can only conclude that the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the challenged provisions of the law with discriminatory intent."

Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters applauded that statement: "We are grateful to the Court of Appeals for seeing this bill for what it was: a race-based, chilling attempt to silence the voices of eligible voters." The North Carolina law was one of many passed in states across the country shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the heart of the Voting Rights Act back in 2013. Friday's decision was the third major victory for voters' rights in recent weeks, following similar decisions against anti-voter laws in Wisconsin and Texas.

I hope you are as heartened by this news as all of us here at the League were when we heard it on Friday--and I hope you feel a real sense of pride in contributing to this victory for democracy!

Thanks again for all that you do!

Sincerely, Jeanette Senecal Senior Director, Elections and e-Democracy

P.S. To learn more about elections in your state, please visit VOTE411.org.

Voters Won Today: League of Women Voters Prevails in Major Federal Voting Rights Case 07/29/2016

League of Women Voters North Carolina, voter id, HB 589

by Jessica Jones

Politicians have no business standing in the way of our right to vote

Raleigh, NC: The League of Women Voters has just won a major federal voting rights case, reinstating significant rights for North Carolina voters in time for Election Day. The League has been fighting HB 589, an omnibus voter suppression bill designed to limit the rights of voters, especially communities of color, since 2013.

"Democracy wins today. Voters win today. This decision is the latest in a string of major federal rulings that send a clear message: Politicians have no business standing in the way of our right to vote," said Mary Klenz, co-president of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, a plaintiff in the case.

"We are grateful to the Court of Appeals for seeing this bill for what it was: a race-based, chilling attempt to silence the voices of eligible voters," said Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States.

"As we've seen in Wisconsin and Texas, and now North Carolina, federal courts are calling foul on post-Shelby attempts to suppress voters' rights. Their rulings are loud and clear. Politicians do not control our democracy; voters do," Carson said.

"With this ruling, League volunteers will be able to get back to what we do best: equipping voters with the information they need to cast a vote this year," continued Klenz. "We have a lot of work to do to make sure North Carolinians understand how this ruling affects them, and we stand ready to help millions of North Carolinians exercise their most fundamental right to vote."

The League of Women Voters was represented by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union, and was joined by North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute, Onestop Unifour Collaborative, Common Cause North Carolina, and five individuals as plaintiffs on this lawsuit.

Contact: Maggie Bush, 202-429-1965

"A win for voters' rights - The Westchester Board of Legislators passes law that makes voter registration a little bit easier."

Law passed on June 20, 2016 by the Westchester BOL:

NYS Voter Registration Forms will be available in all Westchester County departments.

LWV of Westchester 2016 Annual Convention

Michael Waldman, President, Brennan Center for Justice and our keynote speaker; Marylou Green, President, LWVW

"The annual convention and spring luncheon was a great success. Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, gave an erudite and rousing history of the expansion of the right to vote in the US. - from the initial suffrage only afforded to white men of property to the 15th and 19th Amendment expansions of the right to African Americans and women, the battle to eliminate the requirements of property ownership (and the expansion of suffrage beyond the ruling elite), the imposition of Jim Crow laws and the 1965 Voting Rights Act that was used to dismantle Jim Crow to today's battles over early voting, specific id requirements and the right of felons to vote.

2016 Annual Convention of the LWV of Westchester

Luncheon crowd at Scarsdale Woman's Club

Gail Lane, Debbie and Jennifer Tomassino (LWVW's 2016 Student Inside Albany) , Bryan Costa, Guidance Counselor at Tuckahoe High school

Edith Szoldz, Susan Schwarz and Karen Schatzel of LWVW

Marcia McCraw, Steve Meyers and Janet Jaidi of LWVW.

Michael Waldmans' latest book, The Fight to Vote.

Students Inside Albany - 2016

This year the LWV of Rivertowns, the LWV of Larchmont/Mararoneck and the LWV of Westchester (ILO) sent a total of five high school students to participate in the Students Inside Albany Conference from May 22nd - 25th.

From the left:

Sponsored by the LWV of Rivertowns: Robert Epstein, Ardsley High, 11th Grade; Amanda Prechtl, Montessori Academy, 11 Grade.

Sponsored by the LWV of Larchmont/Mamaroneck: Katie Lawless, Mamaroneck High, 12th Grade; Victoria Patti, Mamaroneck High, 12th Grade.

LWV of Westchester (ILO): Jennifer Tommmasino, Tuckahoe High, 11th Grade.

Possible NYS Constitutional Convention - Learn the Issues

Every 20 years, the state constitution sets a statewide referendum on whether to convene a constitutional convention. The next vote arrives November 7, 2017. Through 2016 and into 2017, WCNY will develop a campaign of content exploring this important expectation of the electorate, including a series of six episodes of Connect: NY so that voters are able to make an informed decision.

Below is a link to the first of the 6 part series of one-hour programs on the issue of a possible constitutional convention in NYS. The LWV of NY is a partner in these programs through the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany.

http://video.wcny.org/video/2365754208/

Running and Winning 2016

The LWV of Westchester thanks the Westchester Community Foundation for its significant grant to finance Running and Winning 2016. Generous support was also received from the American Association of University Women."

Women Elected Officials Offer Teen Girls Advice on Community Involvement and on "Running and Winning". Fourteen women elected officials from Westchester County came to the White Plains YWCA recently [April 14] to share their stories once again with a new group of bright young women from Westchester schools for the Fifth Annual "Running and Winning" workshop held at the White Plains YWCA; co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Westchester, the American Association of University Women, and the White Plains YWCA; and funded by the Westchester Community Foundation.

Learn more about the Westchester Community Foundation: http://www.wcf-ny.org

and the American Association of University Women: http://westchester-ny.aauw.net

Read more about Running and Winning 2016: http://www.lwvnet.org/lwv/easyweb/preview/Youth-Programs.html

LWVNYS is Supporting S.60B --- Action Needed

This year's budget negotiations neglected to include common sense anti-corruption reforms. Senator Squadron is pushing his colleagues to close the LLC Loophole and co-sponsor his bill S.60B/A.6975C. S.60B would make explicit that LLCs are corporations for purposes of the campaign finance contribution limits. It would also increase transparency by requiring disclosure of the identity of individuals with membership interests in LLCs, and attribute contributions to members of LLCs.

The Senator has distributed a letter to all Senators asking them to become co-sponsors. Currently the bill has 26 co-sponsors but it needs more support in order to pass in the Senate.

Call your Senator and ask them if they are co-sponsoring S.60B. If they are, thank them! If they aren't explain to them the importance of the bill and the effect it will have on all public officials.

Your State Senator and phone number is listed as: Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (518) 455-2585

Sample message:

Hello, I'd like to leave a message for Senator_________. My name is ____________ and I am a constituent who lives in [your neighborhood or town]. I support Senator Squadron's bill,S.60B, which would help close the LLC loophole. I hope that Senator ________ will co-sponsor this important legislation which would cap campaign finance contributions from unidentified donors and require that the members of the LLCs identify themselves. Without these provisions, LLCs who represent special interests will continue to be able to contribute millions of dollars to candidates without having to disclose the source of the contributions. Talking Points:

Under current law a single individual is able to exceed the contribution limits to a candidate or committee by using multiple LLCs. This both circumvents the limit on what individuals can contribute and makes it difficult to see who is funding a candidate.
S.60B will increase transparency by requiring LLC's to disclose the identity of all members, attribute LLC contributions to each LLC member, and cap LLC contributions at $5,000.
Without these provisions, LLCs who represent special interests will continue to be able to contribute millions of dollars to candidates without having to disclose the source of the contributions

Your call can make the difference! Thanks for your help on this important issue!

League of Women Voters of New York State® 62 Grand Street, Albany, New York

  • Telephone: 518-465-4162

Voter Support Agency Accused of Suppressing Votes - NY Times 4/8/16

The national League is the leader in a lawsuit against the federal Election Assistance Commission, the agency created to ease voting and now accused of stifling votes The lawyer representing the plaintiffs is the director of the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center.

Read the NY Times Article - The Voter Support Agency Accused of Suppressing Votes:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/09/us/election-assistance-commission-motor-voter-lawsuit.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

We need more women leaders.

Women are not new to leadership; think of Cleopatra or Queen Elizabeth. Think of the women who led the civil rights and education reform movements. But women are still outnumbered by men in the most prestigious positions, from Capitol Hill to the board room. Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership examines the causes of women's underrepresentation in leadership roles in business, politics, and education and suggests what we can do to change the status quo. Use #leadHERship to follow the discussion.

Letter: Just one hat for election commissioners

The League of Women Voters of Westchester supports State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef's proposal to prohibit county political party leaders from serving as county election commissioners.

Read the LWVW Letter:

http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/03/14/just-one-hat-election-commissioners/81779606/

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef interviewed Janet Zagoira and Marianna Stout of the LWV of Westchester on her "Ask Sandy" cable show.

Click here to view interview:

What We Do at the League of Women Voters of Westcchester

Ina Aronow, Publicity Director,interviewed President Marylou Green and County Government Committee Chair Janet Zagoria on cable TV.

Click here to watch this very informative video. http://www.vimeo.com/152005404

We did it!

The League of Women Voters has put together a brief slide show to highlight some of our most exciting victories.

http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=2beHsgkux3Zj56%2BB8jAyd1aqwKKwddI1