This is a sharing center where any Virginia League can share ideas and information with other Leagues. We are just getting it started, so please be patient.
If you have an idea that you would like to share, please send an email to email@example.com with a general idea of what you propose and your contact information.
LWV Arlington: National Disability Voter Registration Week July 16-20, 2018
A thank you to LWV Arlington for sharing this timely resource (toolkit). Although not created by them, they are implementing many of the strategies and focusing on helping people with Disabilities to register to vote. There are a lot of good materials here that we can use. http://lwv-va.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018-National-Disability-Voter-Registration-Week-Toolkit-1.pdf
Some serious Kudos to LWVFA for a great idea they have implemented.
This is a tool that could easily be modified by any League and used as a way to help track those ideas that come in. Nice job Fairfax!
Thanks to Amy Hjerstedt for a great flyer to use for Join Us possibilities.
Voter Education Events
Do not miss an opportunity to help voters understand more about “what” as well as “who” they are voting for. Assuming that people understand what School Board, Council, Delegate, or any other elected officials can and cannot do, can lead to disappointment by voters. LWV South Hampton Roads gives an example of how to better prepare voters to assess candidates by knowing what they can do in the positions for which they are running. http://lwv-va.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/SchoolBoard101_2up-2.pdf
Voter Registration Events
This is for ideas on how to make voter registration events effective and fun!
- POSTCARD PARTY Our thanks to Amy Hjerstedt from LWV Falls Church for this great idea. Amy is setting up Postcard Parties in both public areas and private residences where she invites a few folks to join her for some great conversation while they are preparing Postcards to go out as reminders to people to vote. Getting a list of registered voters in your area might be a challenge, but check it out and check out other ways to find addresses to send these cards. I bet that each person coming to such a party could bring a list of from 5 to 10 people they know of who are registered to vote. Some of the participants would likely have a lot more! Here is a pdf version of the file Amy is using that allows you to customize specific areas with things like your LWV group name, website, facebook, and more. [Get File Here]
Anything Else that Increases Your Visibility
- Action Alert So how do you help people understand what an Action Alert is all about and how to use it? This 2/page, front and back handout is just one example. After all, if people don’t really know what to do with an Action Alert, it kind of negates the purpose of the AA. (Just a generic example, can use for most anything.)
- Spread the word on VOTE411 This is a sample of a 4/page 2 sided bookmark that serves as a reminder to check VOTE411 and of important dates. Web page links for your League go on the back. (Just a generic example, can use for most anything.)
Issue Reports on Relevant Topics
What issues are important to you and your members? You do not have to do a full Consensus/Concurrence Study. Simply get folks together to do an informal process to learn about a topic and then write up your report. Share your report with other Leagues here.
Special Event Ideas
Special Events include activities like “Sips & Civility”, “Game Nights”, “Hot Topic” get together, Watching documentaries together in someone’s home, etc. What ideas do you have?