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Vote 411 for 2019 is now live.

Log onto VOTE411.org BEFORE you vote on November 5!

Vote 411, providing information about candidate positions for the November, 2019 city and school board election in Story County, is now live.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging informed and active participation in government, invites you to check out their on-line voter guide at www.VOTE411.org.  The guide has important information for both those new to voting as well as veteran voters.  The website provides information on how to become a registered voter; the location of your correct polling place, information on early voting and absentee ballots, provides information on the candidates and their positions on important issues, and even allows the user to build a “ballot” of candidate preferences that can be taken to the polls on election day.

This year League of Women Voters of Ames & Story County has
invited candidates from 7 races in Story County to provide input to the VOTE411
voter guide.  Those races include the
Ames City Council, the Ames School Board, the Huxley City Council, the Huxley
Mayor, the Nevada City Council, the Nevada School Board and the Story City,
City Council. 

Check out this amazing voting
tool - www.VOTE411.org.  Then Vote on Tuesday, November 5.

Ames City Council Candidate Forum held on Oct. 1

The Ames City Council Candidate Forum was held on October 1 in the Ames City Council Chambers, and was moderated by Linda Hagedorn, LWV of Ames & Story County president.

Including the five candidates (Joe Van Erdewyk, Rachel Junck, Chris Nelson, Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen and Tim Gartin), five Voter Service members and the audience members, 55 people were in attendance.

If you weren't able to attend the forum, you can view a video of it on the city's YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/bjjURPi63Jw.

League fundraiser at Worldly Goods

Please help us support the work of the League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County while purchasing unique gifts and artifacts from Worldly Goods, a non-profit organization that provides a marketplace for artisans of the world to be paid a living wage and work in safe conditions. Worldly Goods has agreed to return 20% of all sales accrued on November 20, 7-9pm if sales exceed $1,000, or 15% of sales if sales do not exceed $1,000.

Your support
is especially important this year as we prepare our activities and education
related to the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment
giving women the right to vote! We ask your help to maximize our sales and
receive the full 20%.

You will
enjoy finding the truly unique gift for everyone on your holiday gift list.
This is a wonderful opportunity to support our local League while purchasing
some amazing handicrafts.

Worldly
Goods is located at 223 Main Street, Ames.

By |September 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

September is National Voter Registration Month

Thank you to the Story County Board of Supervisors for allowing this proclamation to be read at their Aug. 27 meeting, proclaiming September 2019 as National Voter Registration Month.

The proclamation reads:

WHEREAS, registering to vote empowers eligible citizens to
exercise their right to vote on Election Day; and

WHEREAS, while Iowa is one of the nation's leaders in voter
registration and voter participation, with more than two million residents
currently registered to vote, some eligible citizens have not yet registered;
and

WHEREAS, this year is the centennial celebration of women gaining
the right to vote through the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution; and

WHEREAS, one of the leaders of the women's suffrage movement was
Iowan Carrie Chapman Catt; and

WHEREAS, the voter registration process in Iowa is readily
available, with applications available through government agencies across the
state; and

WHEREAS, the State of Iowa has an online voter registration system
enabling citizens with Iowa driver's licenses or non­operator identification
cards to register to vote and update their registration status quickly and
easily, any time of day; and

WHEREAS, 17-year-olds are now eligible to register to vote so they
can participate in Iowa's primary elections; and

WHEREAS, the need for public information and education regarding
voter registration is crucial as Iowa voters prepare to take part in the 2019
city and school elections; and

WHEREAS, we encourage all interested citizens and all appropriate
media outlets and civic organizations to participate in this non-partisan voter
registration awareness campaign to encourage the maximum participation of
qualified voters in Iowa.

NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Board of Supervisors of Story County, do hereby
proclaim September 2019 as National Voter Registration Month; and September 24,
2019 as National Voter Registration Day.

Shine a Light for Voting Rights Vigil on Aug. 6

WHY WE’RE TAKING ACTION

The Voting Rights Act of August 6, 1965, has been referred to as the most effective piece of legislation in our nation’s history. Born out of the March on Selma, this civil rights era amendment protects the rights to vote of all U.S. citizens by requiring states that have a history of voter discrimination to submit any changes to voting laws through the federal government before enacting the laws in their states.

The Voting Rights Act was effective for years - until it was gutted as a result of the Supreme Court Ruling in Shelby County v. Holder on June 25, 2013. The ruling stripped federal authorities of the ability to enforce the VRA, therefore rendering it ineffective. Since the decision, we’ve seen some states implement laws that disenfranchise voters and disproportionately impact young people and communities of color - including voter ID laws, gerrymandering and voter purges.

This
year, Congress has introduced legislation to restore voting rights protections
in the VRA - in a new piece of legislation called the Voting Rights Advancement
Act (HR 4). If passed, this would once again provide teeth to the voting rights
protections designed to ensure every person has a voice and equal access to the
polls.

On Tuesday, August 6, Democracy activists are hitting the streets to show their support for the Voting Rights Advancement Act. Voting Rights advocates around the country will hold candlelight vigils to shed light on the impact of the Shelby decision, and demand that Congress restore the voting rights protections in the Voting Rights Act.

We will be having our vigil at 8 PM in front of the Ames City Hall.

In anticipation of the vigil, we will have a “Sign-in” for League members on Friday, August 2, [...]