November 2017  Ohio League Leader Upd ates
 

Contents 
  
a. LWVO Office Moving
b. Executive Director Carrie Davis Departing
c. Office & Program Associate Brigid Iverson 
Now Full-Time


a. New Website Now Live
b. Spread the Word: 
It's time for Health Care Open Enrollment!
c. Countdown to Convention! 
June 28 - July 1, 2018 in Chicago
d. Now Accepting Grant Applications: Spring 2018 Youth Voter Registration
e. Membership Roster Updates
f. Ruth S. Shur Fellowship Nominations Now Open

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1. Office & Staff Announcements
a. LWVO Office Moving
We are excited to announce that the LWVO office is moving the first week of December! We will be relocating to 100 E Broad St, suite 1310, Columbus, Ohio 43215 - just a block from our current building.
 
b. Executive Director Carrie Davis Departing
 
The LWVO Board has formed a search committee to identify and welcome a new Executive Director. We are confident our next leader will build on the successes we've had and keep us moving forward, stronger than ever. The position posting will be available soon on our website, and we encourage you to share it with strong candidates.
 
c. Office & Program Associate Brigid Iverson Now Full-Time
Many of you know that Brigid Iverson joined LWVO in 2017 as a part-time Office and Program Associate, and may have spoken with her when you've called or emailed the state office. We are pleased to announce that she has been promoted to a full-time staff position.
 
Besides overseeing office activities and special projects, she will work closely with LWVO's Lobby Corps and give increased support to the Fair Districts campaign as well as other advocacy and education projects. Prior to joining LWVO, Brigid worked as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio House of Representatives and on several political campaigns across the country, specializing in voter registration and mobilization.
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2. Voter Purge Case
Oral arguments in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, the lawsuit challenging Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's voter purge, have been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 10. LWV filed an amicus brief in partnership with the Brennan Center for Justice, arguing that Ohio's voter roll maintenance process illegally prevents duly registered citizens across the state from exercising their franchise and making their voices heard. Listen to WKSU's M.L. Schultze interview Larry Harmon, an infrequent voter who's a lead plaintiff in the case
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3. Fair Districts Campaign
As you are likely aware, in September legislative leaders named a four-member bipartisan working group to study redistricting and possibly come up with a reform proposal to put before voters at the May primary. The group held two public meetings where they heard testimony from experts and members of the public, on October 26 and November 1. We were pleased to see that all the testimony presented was in favor of reform, and that Fair Districts volunteers from across the state made a powerful case for what's wrong with our current process. You can read summaries of the first and second meeting, or watch video of all the testimony presented on October 26 and November 1 .
 
We will send updates as soon as we know more about what the legislature is considering, but in the meantime it is vital that we keep collecting signatures. Our progress is what led the legislature to take action, and we must remind them we are not distracted or mollified.

We have now collected over 173,000 signatures, with 18 counties over the 5 percent threshold and 5 counties with fewer than 100 signatures needed to reach the threshold! See a county breakdown including counties approaching the threshold here. Volunteers across the state are sharing strategies and working together on our Facebook group to keep collecting as we head into colder weather with fewer outdoor events, so head over there for ideas.

Here are a few other ways to keep our momentum going:
  1. Contact your state Rep and Senator. We need to reinforce the message we sent the working group by letting each of our legislators know that we expect them to take all the public input they received and work with us to craft meaningful reform that puts an end to congressional gerrymandering.
  2. Submit a letter to the editor of your local paper calling on the legislature to pass real reform. Testimony from the working group meetings provide excellent examples of how to frame your message - point to how gerrymandering has impacted your community.
four4. State Legislature Update
The Ohio General Assembly will be finishing for the year in the next few weeks, and the prospect of the holidays and some time off usually sends legislators into a frenzy of hearings and amendments, voting on as much legislation as possible before adjourning. Reproductive rights, voting rights, guns, and environmental issues are among the most common targets of this type of last-minute legislating.
 
Here are some bills and issues the LWVO advocacy team is watching in the coming month:
 
Reproductive rights
  • Bills banning abortion on the basis of a fetal diagnosis or potential diagnosis of Down Syndrome look especially likely to move. The Senate and House have each passed their own version of this bill, so all that remains is the formality of passing the same version. Governor Kasich stated several years ago that he would sign such a ban if it came to his desk, but has not made a statement more recently. A similar law in Indiana was recently struck down by a federal judge.
Guns
Energy and the Environment
Redistricting
  • The bipartisan legislative working group examining congressional redistricting has not announced any upcoming public meetings, but the deadline for the general assembly to place a measure on the May ballot is February 7, so it's possible a proposal could be introduced in December.
The LWVO advocacy team will be sending updates and action alerts on these and other bills as they come up, so watch out for those in the next few weeks.
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5. Year-end Giving
As this year wraps up and you consider your charitable contributions, don't forget LWVO and your local League. There are lots of ways to support our work, many with great tax benefits if you act before December 31.
 
If you plan to do any holiday shopping on Amazon, consider purchasing through AmazonSmile . Operated by Amazon and offering the same great prices and services, beginning your transaction through  smile.amazon.com and selecting to support LWVO allows a percentage of your purchase total to be donated to LWVO at no cost to you.
 
After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, we hope you will join us in celebrating #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, November 28. Participate by joining the movement and making a contribution, then share your reasons for supporting LWVO and encourage your friends and family to participate too.
 
There are many other ways to support LWVO through the end of the year, including:
  • Gifts of stock or other securities. Avoid capital gains taxes and get a charitable tax deduction at the same time by making a donation of matured securities. Donors wishing to make such gifts should contact LWVO/EF's investment manager, Joe Trocchio at Merrill Lynch.
  • IRA/retirement distributions. For those subject to minimum distribution requirements from retirement or investment accounts, it is possible to have payments made directly to LWVO/EF to reduce your personal taxes while also receiving charitable giving tax benefits.
  • See if your employer offers matching gifts. Double your donation! Many companies offer to match donations made by current and retired employees. See if your donation qualifies for a matching gift.
  • Make a Donation in Honor of Someone Special! Donations can be made in honor of someone special or in memory of a loved one. Please let us know if your gift is made in someone's honor and provide their mailing address so that we can inform them of your generosity.
six6. Fundraising Tip of the Month
Do you know the three (3) days people voluntarily donate the most to charities?

1. #GivingTuesday (the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and widely recognized along the lines of #BlackFriday, #SmallBusinessSaturday, and #CyberMonday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the holiday/charitable season when many people focus on year-end giving)
2. December 30th
3. December 31st
 
So December *is* the most wonderful time of year ....especially for donations! Make sure your local Leagues are taking advantage of these three days of giving!
  • ASK! ASK! ASK! Don't be afraid to ask for that end of the year donation - it is win-win for everyone
  • Remind your donors about the tax benefit from contributing by December 31st.
  • List your local League's 2017 accomplishments and how donors helped to make your work possible
  • Everyone likes a gift - consider providing a League button or pen or other giveaway with each end of year donation
  Remember to always:
  • Include your address on every piece of mail, email page, tweet, Facebook - any piece of information that reaches your donors - make it easy for them to mail you a donation
  • Include a DONATE button on your home page
  • Use social media and email to disseminate your end of year appeal message
End 2017 with a BANG! For any questions or support, please contact LWVO Development Director Sherry Rose at  srose@lwvohio.org .
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7. Gift Membership
 A membership to the League is a great holiday gift for the committed Leaguer or other engaged citizen in your life! Find information on  membership with LWVO here, or contact  lwvoinfo@lwvohio.org with any questions.
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8. Updates from LWVUS
a. New Website Now Live
Based on feedback from members and local Leagues across the country, LWVUS has completely redesigned LWV.org , featuring streamlined menus, topics and more user-friendly navigation as well as improvements to finding state and local Leagues. Some internal pages may still be subject to change, and the platform has the ability to shift to meet changing needs, but the new site is available now.
 
b. Spread the Word: It's time for Health Care Open Enrollment! 
Enrollment is available in Ohio through December 15 via Healthcare.gov . Many state and local Leagues have worked to assist with the open enrollment process under the Affordable Care Act in the past. This year the window for open enrollment is shortened and the budget for marketing the period was drastically cut by the administration. It's up to organizations like the League to spread information about how to sign up.  Check out these great resources and toolkits  from like-minded organizations and spread the word about open enrollment today!
 
c. Countdown to Convention! June 28 - July 1, 2018 in Chicago 
2018 is a national Convention year, and planning has begun to make this an event you won't want to miss. Delegates from Leagues across the country will convene to vote on national items such as program and budget, elect board members and more for the 2018-2020 biennium. Click here to see the First Call to Convention.
 
d. Now Accepting Grant Applications: Spring 2018 Youth Voter Registration
The League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) is pleased to announce a 2018 Youth Voter Registration project. As part of this project, LWVEF will award pass-through grants to state and local Leagues to undertake voter registration activities in high schools, community colleges and alternative/vocational schools in underrepresented communities.  Grant applications are due by midnight December 13, 2017 and grant decisions will be announced before the holidays.
 
e. Membership Roster Updates
We are reminding all Leagues that roster updates are due on January 31st, 2018 which will be here before you know it!

Reminders will start to go out shortly and we are asking everyone to help spread the word! To access your League's database, visit the  login page. LWVUS staff can provide assistance and walk you through the updating process if necessary. You can email us at rostersupport@lwv.org with any questions. Additionally, you can consult  the online manual.

The LWVUS Bylaws state that your League roster "freezes" on January 31st each year. Among other things this will determine the number of delegates that you can send to the 2018 Convention. That number also determines what your League will be billed for PMP (per member payment) starting in July 2018 by your state League and LWVUS.
 
f. Ruth S. Shur Fellowship Nominations Now Open
Nominations are sought for the next class of Ruth S. Shur Fellows, the group of national Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) coaches who provide membership growth support to local Leagues. Read more about the fellowship, and contact the LWVUS office at 202-429-1965 for the nomination form. Self-nominations are highly encouraged!
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9. All-Member Conference Call for December
Join us for our December all-member conference call on Tuesday, December 5, 12-1 pm. 
 
Topic: Year-End Update
We'll discuss all the great activities and developments in LWVO this year, including Fair Districts, membership growth, development, and advocacy, leading into hearing your thoughts regarding the highest priorities for the year ahead.
 
CALL-IN NUMBER: 866-740-1260 
PIN: 4691505#
                                                                                     
The recording of the all-member call will be available in the  LWVO online member area following the call until the end of the month. Please note that the call recording is intended for LWV members and guests (just like the calls) and, therefore, should not be shared with anyone outside the League family. Thank you. 
 
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