Welcome to the Member’s Corner. Here you will find a wealth of resources that you need to function effectively as a local league and/or an individual member.


**NEW: ARE YOU GOTV READY? Check out these resources to help you expand your plans. http://lwv-va.org/members-corner/gotv-images-you-can-use/

Introduction

FOR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING: If you know of something that should be added, please let us know atcommunications@lwv-va.org. Please be as specific as possible about which topic area/title it should go under or if it should be a new area/title.


*Submission Guidelines for Virginia Voter, Voter Express, and the LWV-VA Blog:

  • Articles should be in final form and proofed when submitted.
  • Use Times New Roman or Arial for the font and use 14 pt type for headings and 11 pt type for text.
  • Include any graphics you want in the document where you believe they would fit best.
  • All photos should be set as 640X480 size.
  • Be sure to send details of the graphic such as potential uses by other members.
  • If a photo, then the date/place/event name/people names should be provided.
  • Length for general articles 250 words (1/2 page).
  • Length of FEATURE articles for Virginia Voter and Voter Express 500 words (1page).
  • Longer articles can be accepted for use on the Blog.
  • For social media specific, articles should be no more than 100 words.

Please be sure that the copy you send (via email) is as near ready to publish as possible and send it to communications@lwv-va.org with “Submission” in the subject line.


NEW MEMBER TOOLS

(Also Handy for Not-So-New Members:)

Includes League Lingo, Bylaws, Name and Logo Usage Guides, Membership Handbook,

Additional LWV-VA Resources: 


Communications

General: Editorial Calendar, Useful Videos,

Image Management Tools -Some tools for using your images and finding useful ones.

Free To Use Photos
  • http://library.lwv.org/Ready to use-Free to use photos from LWV-US – a great resource
  • Some historic photos – Library of Congress
  • Free Stock Photos Pexels: You have to spend some time looking through them to find what is useful, but can be worth the effort.
  • Unsplash – check out the transportation photos as an example.
  • Pixabay – use the word “vote” for a search here and see what you get!
  • Jeshoots – particularly interesting backgrounds to use with your text.
  • Depositphotos – try a search with “election” for some potentially useful final products or starting places for doing your own.
  • PublicDomainPictures – huge selection so plan on spending some time looking.
Working with your own images
  • Infographic design from electiontools.org provides this great guide to using Canva for GOTV and more.
  • Always Up-to-Date Guide to Social Media Image Sizes – handy information on what size your images need to be to work with various social media.
  • Landscape – is a free online tool for resizing your images for use with different social media. The big plus is that you simply select the media you want and how it will be sued, then you let it do the work. It allows you to resize the same image for multiple uses and download each one.
  • Canva – this is a great free design tool for creating images for social media, presentation, business cards, infographics, and more. “Canva is a free graphic-design tool website, founded in 2012. It has an easy to use drag-and-drop interface and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals. The tools can be used for both web and print media design and graphics.”
  • Piktochart – Specifically for infographics, coming up with that 1 page, easy to understand handout like “Why Vote?” Another free program. (online tool)
  • iPiccy – a free version of the PicMonkey Photo editor. While it does not have all the features of PicMonkey, it has enough to make your job easier. (online tool)
  • Pixlr – another free photo editor. (online tool)
  • GIMP – I (Carol.L) like this one best because it is open source software that is on my computer. I am not dependent upon an Internet connection. I have a rather unreliable Internet access, so this is a perfect solution.

Webmasters

Social Media


League Management Resources

 


Voter Empowerment and Engagement

  • GOTV Resources You Can UseHere you will find graphics and text that other members have created for GOTV. They are for you to use as is, modified, or simply as an idea to use in creating your own. Useful with all social and print media. 
  • Election ResourcesYour source for election laws and commissions, election research resources, and campaign financing information.
  • Legislative ToolsLinks to places to find your legislator, watch videos of House and Senate, information on citizen involvement, Schedules and Calendar, Bills and Bill Tracking, and the Virginia Code.

Legislative Tools

Important “need to know” information that is particularly useful for those attending the sessions and meetings. Virginia General Assembly Lists includes names of Delegates and Senators, districts they each represent and contact information. View it online or print to take with you

Federal and State Government Resources:

  • Quick links to important information concerning elected member officials at national and state levels. Federal government links include Library of Congress, US Supreme Court and US Court of Appeals for the 4th District) Also included are links to commonly referenced departments in Virginia. (Depts. of Education, Elections, Environmental Quality, Transportation, and more)

Knowledge Exchange:

This is where members can share what they have done so that other leagues can try out those ideas. Topics include: Join Us, Voter Education Events, Voter Registration Events, GOTV, and more. Increasing Visibility, Issue Reports on Relevant Topics (not restricted to studies or task forces), Special Event Ideas, and anything else you might want to submit.

Other Resources

LWVUS Resources

  • General: Here we try to help you navigate the changes made to LWVUS website and find resources. Frequently reference documents, toolkits, and more are found here, including those specifically requested by our members.

Other League Organizations:

  • Links to our Virginia Leagues, Leagues in neighboring states, and more.


Coalition Partners & More

  • LWV-VA Participates in coalitions with other groups who are interested in common causes and interests. This allows for increased coordination and effectiveness in dealing with legislators. In general, we can share information that our coalition partners provide directly or through social media so long as neither or NON-PARTISAN POLICY nor our POSITIONS are compromised. Always ask if you are not sure. While we may work with other “partners”, these have an actual contractual agreement of support.
  • PAVPLearn about PAVP Public Advocacy for Voter Protection Project here.
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