Public Policy Update
Since mid-September, the AAUW Texas advocacy committee has been searching for a lobbyist to replace Kevin Stewart, who has decided to reduce his client load after the birth of a second child. So far, Gloria Long, Pat Sanford, Georgia Kimmel, Mary Smith, and Pat Rehm have spoken and exchanged emails with representatives of four firms, and they are willing to consider other prospects.
The September 13th Zoom meeting for public policy advocates from around the state focused on the upcoming mid-term elections and related activities, as crucially important issues are at stake. Here are some comments from the discussion.
Getting Out the Vote
Some of our members have taken Volunteer Deputy Registrar training and plan to use it. VDRs can still go to high schools to register seniors who are 17 yrs.,10 months of age. Some coaches in schools have invited VDRs to athletic events to register teammates. To avoid mail ballot rejection, voting officials recommend going to the polls if possible!
Important Dates Related to the November 8 General Elections
October 11 Last day to register to vote
October 24-28 Early voting at the polls, 8 AM to 5 PM
October 28 Last day to request mail ballot (Clerk's deadline to receive it: 5PM)
October 29 (Sat.) Early voting, 7 AM to 7 PM
October 30 (Sun.) Early voting, 12 PM (noon) to 6 PM
October 31-Nov. 4 Early voting, 7 AM to 7 PM
November 7 'Hero Day'
November 8 ELECTION DAY, 7 AM to 7 PM
Non-Partisan Resources for More Information
Civic Holidays (non-partisan days and community activities) - https://civicholidays.org/
League of Women Voters and Vote 411 - https://www.vote411.org/
Texas Impact (webinars, meetings, and information) - texasimpact.org
Harris County Library (Vietnamese materials; check other libraries for non-English items)
Voting Information - https://www.texastribune.org/2022/09/08/texas-voting-elections-2022/
Non-partisan Voter Guide - www.activote.net
Opportunities for Advocacy Leadership Training
Texas Woman's University twu.edu/institute-womens-leadership has the Jane Nelson Institute for Women's Leadership. Upcoming events include three webinars on “Advocacy Basics,” available both in person in Denton and by Zoom. If you or someone you know would be interested in registration information, I can forward it to you. Three sessions are available:
October 11 at 7:00 - 8:45 PM - “Ready to Research?”
October 18 at 12:25 -12:55 PM - “Advocacy Moment”
October 26 at 7:00 - 8:30 PM - “Tips for Success”