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LWVAL's 2015 Transparency in Government Award

At its annual convention on May 2, LWVAL will award the inaugural "Transparency in Government Award" honoring political leaders who have championed open and inclusive government in Alabama. Who is your nominee? Nominations are due by March 21. Read more about this award and get the nomination form.


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The Voter
Fall 2014 Issue

Published November 2, 2014
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LWVAL Legislative Report 2015
Updated March 25

Note: The Alabama Legislature is on spring break 3/22-29/15. LWVAL will post another update on/about 4/5/15.

New bills and updates are added in these areas: government transparency and accountability, education, criminal justice, tax reform, elections and campaign finance, voting access and processes, and natural resources.



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May 2-3, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn
Auburn, Alabama
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Get the registration packet (.docx format)
(
.pdf format)
Register by April 15, 2015.

Make your hotel reservation
Reserve by April 1, 2015
for special LWVAL Convention rates.


This convention is for everyone, members and non-members. You do not want to miss LWVAL Convention 2015!

LWVAL's 2015 Transparency in Government Award
At the convention LWVAL will award the inaugural "Transparency in Government Award" honoring political leaders who have championed open and inclusive government in Alabama. We are calling for
nominations due by March 21. Read more about this award.

Crime and Punishment in Alabama: The Court System, The Prison System, and Alternatives to Incarceration
On Saturday, May 2, there will be in-depth discussion of the AL Prison System with an expert panel. We'll explore solutions to the problems plaguing prisons, ways to bring about a more just court system, alternatives to incarceration, and more. See the exciting line-up of panelists.

Get ready for an outstanding weekend and share this news with your non-League friends! All are invited to attend!

Get all convention information here!

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LWVAL announces 2015 Transparency in Government Award, calls for nominations

Get a LWVAL Transparency in Government Award nominating form.
Link to this
media advisory here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2015

CONTACT: Gina Finnegan
ginaofinnegan@gmail.com 251-656-0130

MEDIA ADVISORY – LWVAL Announces Transparency Award

Mobile – The League of Women Voters of Alabama announces its first ever transparency award, honoring political leaders who have championed open and inclusive government in Alabama.

"Like many states, Alabama has some work to do to truly let the sun shine on its workings," said LWVAL Co-president Leonette Slay. "But we also know that we have political leaders who have demonstrated remarkable integrity and courage in their push for open and honest government. We want to celebrate and recognize those individuals. It is so often thankless work."

Citizens and political organizations are encouraged to submit their nominations for the award. The state league leadership will consider all applications, which can include local and state political leaders, elected or appointed. LWVAL will also accept recommendations for citizens and members of nonprofit organizations who have championed transparency in government. The nomination form is available at the LWVAL website
www.lwval.org. The deadline is March 21, 2015.

Honorees will be recognized at the Alabama league's biennial state convention on May 1-3, to be held in the Auburn/Opelika area this year.

"Transparency is just a core piece of who we are as a nonpartisan, political organization. We hope we can prompt more public officials to understand their role in serving the citizens of Alabama through open government by making this award part of the state's political scene. It
matters, and it makes a difference," said LWVAL Co-president Scarlett Gaddy.

Nominations should be mailed or e-mailed to: League of Women Voters Awards Committee, Post Office Box 40602, Mobile, Alabama 36640 or
lslay@lwval.org.

The League of Women Voters, a national, nonpartisan, political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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LWVAL 2015 Legislative Report
Updated, March 15, 2015

The League of Women Voters of Alabama will continue to focus on government transparency and accountability, water resources, and education as top issue priorities. Throughout the session the League will observe legislation that impacts
League positions and take action as priorities, opportunities, and resources dictate. See the complete LWVAL 2015 advocacy priority list and follow the LWVAL Legislative Report for all the action during the 2015 regular session of the Alabama legislature.



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First Call to LWV Council 2015 has been issued. Our state League may send two delegates. Read more...

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We asked for your gift to the
League of Women Voters
of Alabama
on #GivingTuesday, December 2
but it's never too late!


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GIVE TO LWVAL ***

#GivingTuesday@LWV2

Great gift idea!

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Does your mother really want another scarf? This holiday season, show your love by honoring her on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 2nd with a gift to the League of Women Voters of Alabama. ANY woman would appreciate this thoughtfulness - a daughter, a niece, a neighbor who has shown you much kindness, a coworker or friend whom you deeply respect. Great gift idea for the special men in your life, too! With your help we will continue to strengthen our democracy by hosting candidate and issue forums, registering voters, observing government operations, and so much more. Please give to the LWVAL on #GivingTuesday or anytime! (Membership in the LWVAL is a very thoughtful gift for your loved one, too!)

Happy Holidays to you and yours
from the
League of Women Voters of Alabama!


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[Election information remains posted for
your review and until archived.]

Thank you for voting, Alabama!

Election News & Results


Five Proposed Constitutional Amendments on all Alabama Ballots on November 4


In the general election on November 4, 2014, there will be five proposed amendments to the Alabama state constitution on every ballot in Alabama. The voter is asked, "Shall the following Amendment to the Constitution of Alabama be adopted?" followed by the "PROPOSED AMENDMENT WHICH APPLIES STATEWIDE."

The League of Women Voters presents an analysis of each of these five proposed amendments. For each amendment, this paper presents the background of the amendment, a list of supporters and their argument for the amendment, and a list of opponents and their arguments against the amendment. This analysis is a public service of the League of Women Voters of Alabama Education Fund. Every effort has been made to present factual and unbiased information regarding the amendments. We hope that you find this information helpful in deciding how you will vote on these amendment referendums on November 4.

Read the LWVAL analysis of the amendments.

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PHOTO Voter ID is now required to vote in Alabama. Do you have qualifying ID? Find out more here.

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GENERAL ELECTION
TUESDAY, NOV. 4, 2014, 7 AM TO 7 PM
BRING VALID,
ACCEPTABLE PHOTO ID.
LEARN ABOUT THIS NEW VOTING REQUIREMENT.

  • Aug. 26 - Municipal Elections: Auburn, Bessemer, Gadsden, Huntsville, Mountain Brook, Scottsboro
  • Oct. 20—Voter registration deadline for General Election.
  • Oct. 30— Last day for voter to make application for an absentee ballot.
  • Nov. 3—Last day to postmark or hand-deliver absentee ballots. Must be received by noon on election day (except UOCAVA - military and some other oversees voters)
  • Nov. 4—General Election
  • Nov. 11—Deadline for receiving absentee ballots from UOCAVA voters


Questions on Election Day?

See information below or call:

ALABAMA REGISTRATION AND ELECTION INFORMATION



Get more election information from the AL Secretary of State...

Other Election Resources



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IMPORTANT NEW VOTING REQUIREMENT!
PHOTO Voter Identification is required to vote in 2014.
Are you ready for the June 3rd Primary Elections?

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In order to vote in Alabama you will be required to show a valid PHOTO VOTER ID at the polls or, if voting absentee, you will be required to include a copy of a valid voter photo ID with your absentee ballot (UNLESS you are voting absentee due to AGE OR DISABILITY and your polling place is not accessible.*) If you do not have valid photo ID, you may get one for free at the Secretary of State's office in Montgomery or at the office of your county Board of Registrars.

Only specific types of photo ID are acceptable for voting. These are the types of acceptable photo ID:

  • Valid Alabama Driver’s License
  • „ Valid Alabama Nondriver ID
  • „ Valid Alabama Photo Voter ID Card
  • „ Valid State Issued ID (Alabama or any other state)
  • „ Valid Federal issued ID
  • „ Valid US passport
  • „ Valid Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County, Municipality, Board or other entity of this state
  • „ Valid student or employee ID from a public or private college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
  • „ Valid student or employee ID issued by a state institution
  • of higher learning in any other state
  • „ Valid Military ID
  • „ Valid Tribal ID

*IMPORTANT EXCEPTION: Are you unable to go to the polls to vote due to your age (at least 65 years of age) or disability and your polling place is not accessible, and for that reason you qualify to vote absentee? If so, you are not required to include a copy of a photo ID with your absentee ballot. Simply check on your absentee envelope that you are voting absentee due to age or disability. For more information about this exception to the voter photo ID requirement, see pages 11-12 of the Alabama Photo Voter ID Guide.

Where can I get a FREE Alabama Photo Voter ID?
A voter may obtain a free Alabama photo voter ID card at the
following locations:

Here is official information about the law from the Alabama Secretary of State's Office.

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Recently in League...

Speaking out for the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014


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On Monday, Sept, 22, LWVGB Vice-President Ida Tyree-Hyche, Esq. urged citizens to “Move forward on voting rights!” at the Moral Monday rally on the Alabama capitol steps in Montgomery. The crowd was in full agreement. Click below to listen to the audio of her address.

Other LWVGB members present in support were Nancy Ekberg, Connie Arnwine, Joan Burroughs, Catrena Norris Carter, and Ida's husband The Rev. Albert L. Hyche. See more photos of the days event.

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Tuesday, September 23, was National Voter Registration Day!
As stated in our press release on al.com, "The League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham Challenges Citizens to Register to Vote On National Voter Registration Day 2014." (Well said, Ida Tyree-Hyche, Esq., LWVGB Vice-President.) LWVGB encourages you to register to vote! If you are already registered to vote, check your status and update your name or address if necessary.


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This was a FREE workshop presented by
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1511 and
League of Women Voters of Alabama

For more Information:
https://www.facebook.com/NarfeChapter1511
https://www.facebook.com/LWVAL
256-268-6286

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LWVAL Members and Guests...


JOIN US AT THE 2014
A-MAZE-ING
LWVAL COUNCIL
Yes, it was! Thanks to all who attended for your input, spirit and enthusiasm! Report on Council coming soon.
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Saturday, April 26, 2014
10:00-3:30
Bluff Park United Methodist Church
733 Valley Street, Hoover, AL 35226
cartoon used with permission
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LWVAL addresses access, cost, and quality of health care in Alabama


LWVAL has studied health care in Alabama and has issued unbiased "facts and issues" reports on the topic. (See the Health Care Consensus Kit for this information.) The LWVAL board considered member consensus statements on these findings and set a new health care position statement on Feb. 1, 2014.

"The League of Women Voters of Alabama (LWVAL) believes that the resources of state government should be directed toward providing access to health care to: children, the disabled, the elderly, veterans that fall between the cracks in federal aid, and others who are unable to access basic health care but do not fit into one of the previous categories. LWVAL supports the expansion of Medicaid and acceptance of increased federal funding as outlined in the Affordable Care Act.

"LWVAL also believes that the state’s existing responsibility for setting health care delivery standards and oversight rely on the strength of local knowledge. But, some minimum federal standards to monitor such things as the quality of care delivered by health care facilities and professionals may promote improvements in health care quality. Quality improvements in turn may lead to not only a healthier population but cost containment."


From the LWVAL amended position on Health Care, adopted Feb. 1, 2014. Read the LWVAL position on Health Care.


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LWVAL 2014 Legislative Report

Legislative Report was updated for week ending April 3, 2014. The Alabama Legislature adjourned the 2014 Regular Session on April 3.
Read the LWVAL Legislative Report.

The Alabama Legislature convened Tuesday, January 14, 2014 The final day of this Regular Session was April 3, 2014. During the regular session, LWVAL kept citizens informed about the legislature's activities regarding issues of importance to the League through the 2014 Legislative Report. The report was updated weekly (with some exception). For each bill, the report included bill sponsors, bill summary, complete bill text, current status of the legislation, LWVAL's position on the legislation, and LWVAL's action. Action Alerts urging citizens to contact their legislators were posted in this report at times when their voice would be most effective. See the LWVAL 2014 Legislative Priorities list below for the issues on which the LWVAL Action Team was focused during the 2014 regular legislative session. Both this LWVAL 2014 Legislative Report and the 2013 Legislative Report remain posted for your review.

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LWVAL addresses access, cost, and quality of health care in Alabama

LWVAL has studied health care in Alabama and has issued unbiased "facts and issues" reports on the topic. (See the Health Care Consensus Kit for this information.) The LWVAL board consideried member consensus statements, and a new health care position statement was issued on Feb. 1, 2014.
"The League of Women Voters of Alabama (LWVAL) believes that the resources of state government should be directed toward providing access to health care to: children, the disabled, the elderly, veterans that fall between the cracks in federal aid, and others who are unable to access basic health care but do not fit into one of the previous categories. LWVAL supports the expansion of Medicaid and acceptance of increased federal funding as outlined in the Affordable Care Act. "LWVAL also believes that the state’s existing responsibility for setting health care delivery standards and oversight rely on the strength of local knowledge. But, some minimum federal standards to monitor such things as the quality of care delivered by health care facilities and professionals may promote improvements in health care quality. Quality improvements in turn may lead to not only a healthier population but cost containment."

From the LWVAL amended position on Health Care, adopted Feb. 1, 2014. Read the LWVAL position on Health Care.




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"I want to vote in the upcoming election! How do I get registered?"

Don't let another election slip up on you. Here's how to register to vote in future elections...Download a registration form and mail to your County Board of Registrars OR register at one of these locations. The AL Secretary of State says you can "fill out and submit voter registration forms at all state and/or county offices that provide public assistance. In Alabama, public assistance offices, such as Medicaid, WIC, and DHR, must distribute voter registration forms, provide assistance in completing the forms if necessary, and accept such forms."

Have you moved since you last voted or have you changed your legal name? If so, you should notify your board of registrars by submitting a voter registration form with the NEW information.

Are you sure you're registered? Check
here to check your registration status and polling place or call your County Board of Registrars.

MORE REGISTRATION AND ELECTION INFORMATION


Don't forget that you will need a PHOTO Voter Identification when you vote beginning with the June 3, 2014 Alabama Primary Elections. Get more information about photo voter ID.


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