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League of Women Voters of Dallas recognized for its help with Census 2020
Published on: 11/30/2020
About the 2020 Census

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The 2020 Census counts everyone who lived in the U.S. on April 1, 2020. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local, and federal lawmakers every year for the next 10 years.
Diane Tasian on Texas Metro News Facebook Live with Ashley Moss
Published on: 10/19/2020
The Dallas League of Women Voters was with Ashley Moss from Texas Metro News on Facebook Live today! If you missed Diane Tasian, President of the Dallas League, answering lots of voter questions, you can call our Voter Hotline today: 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm: 214-688-4125 and we will call you right back!
Barbara Larkin, VP of Voting Services, LWVD, quoted in the Dallas Observer
Published on: 10/9/2020
"From the Dallas Observer, ""Crying and Screaming Won't Fix Anything, but Voting Early Might"" by LAUREN DREWES DANIELS | OCTOBER 8, 2020 |
...Also, Larkin implores everyone to do everything early, “The vast majority of vote-by-mail ballots that are disqualified in Dallas County are due to lateness. And please vote early instead of on Election Day. If something goes wrong with your check-in process on Election Day, it may be too late to fix it.”
The Need for a Public Awareness Campaign for Voters
Published on: 10/7/2020
The Dallas County Commissioners Court has received grant money to support the elections office voting processes and includes funding for a Public Awareness Campaign. Diane Tasian, urged the commissioners to quickly produce a Public Awareness Campaign as voters have many questions. Add your voice and email your County Commissioner and Judge Clay Jenkins. Voters need answers to safely voting in a pandemic from our elected officials.
How to Raise a Voter
Sydney Richie
Published on: 9/28/2020
Sydney Blalock Richie, an editor at DFWCHILD magazine, a parenting magazine that focuses on the DFW area, reached out to Grace Chimene, President of the League of Women Voters, Texas and Diane Tasian, President of the League of Women Voters Dallas for their input to an article on how to raise a voter.

The article shares advice on how to raise a future voter and support your kids’ understanding of their role in democracy.

Read the article here: https://dfwchild.com/2020/09/24/how-to-raise-a-voter/
DTalks Podcast ft. Grace Chimene
Published on: 9/28/2020
DTalks podcast for dads from Dallas area where Grace Chimene is interviewed about VOTE411 and other things!

Here is the link to listen: https://bit.ly/2G8rO4r
LWV-Dallas launches voter information website
Dallas Voice
Published on: 9/25/2020
"The League of Women Voters of Dallas has a new website in place offering voter tools and information for Dallas County residents for the November election, and, according to a press release, “In this year of voting in a pandemic, vote by mail interest and need for poll workers, we are taking painstaking efforts to ensure the information is accurate.”

Election News

Count Every Vote
Published on: 11/2/2020
While League of Women Voters of Dallas does not endorse any particular candidate or party, we are encouraged to see this joint statement from the major political party chairs in Dallas.
Watch the Dallas College Board of Trustees Candidate Forum!
Published on: 10/15/2020
Watch the recording of the Dallas College Board of Trustees Candidate Forum
Watch the for the Future Virtual Forum - Dallas HD 115!
Published on: 10/15/2020
For the Future Virtual Forum is part of a series of over 15 public education candidate events that the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation will be hosting across the state prior to the 2020 general election on November 3.

This forum is for HD 115.
How can I help Texas Voters?
LWV-Texas
Published on: 8/23/2020
LWV-Texas has a list of suggestions for how you can help Texas Voters.
Become a Poll Worker
Published on: 8/23/2020
Dallas County Elections is hiring Poll Workers and Student Poll Workers.
National Institute for Civil Discourse
Published on: 10/26/2020
Please see the latest resources and upcoming sessions on the election and building trust from the LWV coalition member, the National Institute for Civil Discourse.
DPD Preparations for Election and Potential Protests
Published on: 10/29/2020
City of Dallas Memorandum of October 23, 2020 to the Honorable Mayor and Member of the City Council

Voter Education and Resources

Watch the Presentation by LWVD on Voting with the Public Library
Published on: 4/26/2021
In case you missed it, click here to watch the presentation by LWVD on voting!
For Teachers: Be a Texas Voter
LWV-Texas and DCCCD
Published on: 8/23/2020
The League of Women Voters of Texas in partnership with Dallas County Community Colleges is providing this voter education series to help young people better understand their role as citizens in our state.

Advocacy for Voting Rights

How Texas Got Recorded Votes - Three Leaguers
Robin Lederer
Published on: 8/31/2021
Blog describes how three League members got the Legislature to record their votes. https://lwvdallas.org/content.aspx?page_id=2507&club_id=341406&item_id=3160&pst=14704
Texas Public Opinion on Voting & Election, Guns, More
Published on: 4/14/2021
Texas Politics Project manages three to four non-partisan, statewide polls of registered voters each year in conduction with the Texas Tribune. See statistics about Texas public opinion on voting, election, guns and more.
New York Times Opinion Piece by Jesse Wegman, Editorial Board Member - April 6, 2021
Published on: 4/7/2021
Jesse Wegman, Editorial Board Member
Nitashia Johnson for The New York Times
April 6, 2021
League of Women Voters Testimony, House Elections Committee, April 1st
Published on: 3/31/2021
League of Women Voters Testimony, House Elections Committee, April 1st
Brennan Center for Justice: Voter Suppression in the Lone Star State, Past and Potential Future
Published on: 3/23/2021
"All Texans deserve a free, fair, and accessible elections system. And even though Texas politicians have been hard at work for years to build barriers to the ballot, voters have shown they won’t be stopped: Texans registered and voted in record numbers in 2020 ... Indeed, an analysis of Texas’s voting laws in 2020 concluded that it is harder to cast a ballot in Texas than in any other state across the country."

Read the full article here.
A 12-Step Rehabilitation Program for American Election Administration
Published on: 1/30/2021
Recommended reading for some excellent election administration solutions to issues revealed in the pandemic.
FAQ’s from the National Task Force on Election Crises
Published on: 1/7/2021
See answers to FAQ about the election crises

Advocacy for Redistricting and Census

Texas Redistricting
Published on: 9/22/2021
Senate Reveals District Maps and Announces Opportunities for Public Comment
Common Cause Petition: Demand a fair redistricting process
Published on: 9/17/2021
Add your name to an online petition demanding a fair redistricting process
What's (TX) Redistricting and Why Does It Matter
Published on: 9/16/2021
Every 10 years after the new census count is complete, lawmakers draw the state’s political boundaries, a process known as redistricting.

Usually the task — which one expert described as “the most purely political” job of legislators — is done earlier in the year. Because of COVID-19-related census delays, legislators are scheduled to oversee redistricting during a special legislative session that starts on Monday. It’s then they’ll craft Texas’ state legislative, U.S. House of Representatives and State Board of Education districts.

Here’s what to know about redistricting in Texas.

Read the rest of the article here.
Don’t Gerrymander Away the New Multiracial America
Published on: 9/13/2021
Changing the trajectory of the coming redistricting train wreck for communities of color will require bold action by Congress by Michael Li
Time to Testify for Redistricting in Texas! by Stephanie Swanson, LWVTX Redistricting Chair
Published on: 9/8/2021
"Public Hearing Schedule and very important procedural recommendations from the Fair and Open Campaign, developed by the Fair Maps Texas Coalition. These procedural recommendations were developed in light of the problems that we saw in the 2011 and 2013 round of redistricting. We must let the Legislature know that we demand a Fair and Open process, just like a federal judge has called for."
Texas Will Gain Two Seats in Congress
Published on: 4/27/2021
Texas will have 38 congressional seats as a result of the latest U.S. census. The state’s political heft has been growing steadily for decades, gaining at least two seats after every census since 1980.

by Alexa Ura April 26, 2021 Updated: 3:26 PM Central
How to Write Letters to the Editor
Joan Ridley
Published on: 3/12/2021
How to write a letter to the editor of a newspaper.
2020 CENSUS: With millions on line, self-response rate in Texas, Dallas County falls
Published on: 10/29/2020
Reporting by Jesus Jimenez, Staff Writer, Dallas News, on the response rate from Dallas County on the 2020 Census. Please think about joining our Advocacy Committee on the Census and Redistricting as we prepare for activities in 2021 in coordination with the Texas State League and our partners.

Advocacy for Environment

Stop High-Level Radioactive Waste in Texas! Contact your Texas Representative and Senator Now
Published on: 5/3/2021
Protect the state and stop this high-level radioactive dumpsite in Texas. House Bill 2692 is supposed to ban the radioactive waste coming to Texas, but due to loopholes and federal preemption, the bill fails to halt high-level radioactive waste from coming here, but gives benefits to the for-profit company while Texas loses money. HB 2692 goes to the Texas House floor on Tuesday.
Texas Tribune: West Texas is on track to get even more nuclear waste
Published on: 4/16/2021
A hazardous waste disposal company in Andrews County wants to handle more dangerous levels of nuclear waste. Federal agencies are pondering new rules that could allow more of it to come to Texas.

BY ERIN DOUGLAS
Missed our January Environment Committee Meeting? Watch it here!
Published on: 2/1/2021
In case you missed the Environment Committee meeting on January 27th, you can click here to watch on YouTube the presentation by Kelly Longfellow, sustainability expert, on the City of Dallas Climate Action Plan. And review her presentation here. Kelly explains the plan and how to implement at home.

Advocacy for Immigration

Texas V. United States
Published on: 4/5/2021
Mar 29, 2021 | DACA, Immigrants' Rights

History

Blog from Dr. Turner on the election of a woman of color to the vice presidency
Published on: 11/23/2020
100 Since Women Won the Right to Vote, a Woman Is Elected to White House Office

Videos

Go Vote by AX2 and Deja of 9903
Published on: 10/12/2020
Teens encourage voting through their rap video filmed at Desoto Public Library.
El empoderamiento electoral Latino
Univsion
Published on: 9/10/2020
La fecha límite para registrarse para votar se aproxima. Cecilia Silva de la organización Liga de las Mujeres Votantes informa quién es elegible y donde encontrara la solicitud de registro electoral.
Como Me Registro Para Votar Durante Una Pandemia? Video (Un Minuto)
LWV-Texas and DCCCD
Published on: 8/23/2020
Como Me Registro Para Votar Durante Una Pandemia? Video (Un Minuto)
How to Register to Vote...During a Pandemic - One Minute Video
LWVV-Texas and DCCCD
Published on: 7/13/2020
One-minute video on Registering to Vote during a Pandemic by LWV-Texas and DCCCD
Spotlight On: Using the League of Women Voters Dallas website for all voting information
Richland Student Media
Published on: 7/8/2020
Podcast on LWV-Dallas's new website that has everything you need to register to vote, to find information on candidates (Vote411.org), and to prepare to vote in person or by mail. You are also shown how to join the League. Richland Student Angela Ly interviews LWV-Dallas member Kimberly Stanton Bowe in this 3rd part of a four-part series.
Spotlight On: Researching and resources for your ballot
Richland Studio Media
Published on: 7/6/2020
Podcast on how to research your ballot before you vote, the importance of the "down ballot" and the many resources available to people getting ready to vote, featuring Richland Student Media's Angela Ly and the LWV Dallas's Kelly Drablos in this 2nd part of a four-part series.
Spotlight On: First Video
Richland Studio Media
Published on: 7/1/2020
Podcast on (1st video). Richland Student Media's Angela Ly and the LWV Dallas's Barbara Larkin in this 1st video of a four-part series.