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Further Discussion of Convention Center Bond Issue

Tune in to KHOI 89.1 FM on Monday, March 3 at 7 a.m, 12:00 noon, and 7 p.m. for further discussion of the Convention Center Proposal,"The Last Word on the Ames Convention Center: a summing up of the pros and cons of the ACC with voices you haven't heard before" KHOI hopes to have audiotape available on their website
on election day next Tuesday. Monday's event is not sponsored or supported by the League.

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Key Convention Center Proposal Reports are Online

Would you like to see the numbers, key to the discussion, for yourself?    Go to , select Additional Resources in the banner menu. Select 2009 Multi-Use Facility Study Final Report and 2013 Ames Hotel Analysis report.

Ninety-three attended the Monday February 24th informational meeting at City Hall.  The panel responded to questions submitted in writing by audience members and cable TV viewers calling in.

Joyce Samuels (2014)

Joyce Samuels is the recipient posthumously of the 2014 Carrie Chapman Catt Award for her service to the League of Women Voters and her many years of advocating for multiculturalism in the Ames community and Iowa.

Joyce served as membership co-chair of the League of Women Voters of Ames from 2011 until 2013. She was an enthusiastic force in successfully attracting younger members and persons of color and increasing the overall League membership. Before coming to Ames in 1973 she served on the state board of the League of Women Voters in West Virginia.

The Ames League and its members are far better for what Joyce taught us about diversity and acceptance. What she specifically taught was that the need for acceptance goes beyond race and gender. We need to welcome every individual into our membership regardless of the person's differences and treat that person the same as any other member. She valued every individual and fought for the rights of all.

Described by community leaders as an energetic, civil rights, diversity and community service advocate, Joyce served on many boards and agencies which promote justice such as the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Ames Human Relations Commission, American Civil Liberties Board, The Ames Few and The Archie A. and Nancy C. Martin Foundation for which she was vice president. The Martin Foundation is an ongoing project to preserve the memory of Iowa State University’s segregated past and those who worked to end it.

Joyce was a pioneer in working with others to establish Dialogues which led to FACES, a festival designed to promote diversity, cohesiveness and understanding in Ames. It annually celebrates the city’s diversity and unity. Joyce was employed with the National Animal Di s e a [...]

The State of Voting Laws Today

By Linda Murken, President, LWV of Ames

In a webinar yesterday, Feb. 5, Tim O’Brien, Public Advocacy Voter Protection (PAVP) Project Manager with LWVUS, gave an update on state legislation on voting issues in 2013.  There was actually some good news amidst the bad.

The bad news first  . . .

Eight states passed more voter restrictions in 2013.  North Carolina takes the prize for doing about just everything they could to further restrict voting–require voter photo ID, eliminate same day registration, eliminate pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds, reduce the early voting period–while the other states were more moderate, choosing only one or two from the list.

In all, 25 states–including Iowa–introduced bills to adopt voter photo ID.  LWVUS considers Iowa one of the 10 states to watch in 2014 because of this.

Requiring voters to present proof of citizenship at the polls is an emerging issue–seven states introduced bills.

Seven states also introduced bills that would end election-day registration and/or restrict third parties, such as the League, from registering voters.

Eight states introduced bills that would reduce or eliminate early voting.

Now the good news  . . .

Twenty states introduced bills to adopt early voting.

Twenty-two states have or will soon have on-line voter registration and 14 more introduced bills.  (As you know, Iowa is not among them.)

And the US League and several state Leagues continues to actively litigate in states where access to voting has been restricted by law.  (The League was instrumental in the successful fight in Florida against the third-party voter registration law.)

And the most important news!

On January 16  a Voting Rights Act Amendment was introduced in Congress.  It would restore and update pre-clearance requirements to cover jurisdictions with recent patterns of discrimination, increase transparency in election [...]