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Voting and Election Update

 

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization, meaning it does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. The League advocates for and against public policy issues it has studied.

Candidate Forums: The six Leagues within Alameda County are hosting virtual candidate forums for county-wide offices that will be on the June 7 Primary Election ballot. League representatives will moderate each forum, including questions from the public. You may submit a question by filling out a form at the registration link below, or by using the Q&A Zoom feature during the forum. League members will screen questions to ensure coverage of a range of topics. Videos of the forums will be available.

                                Forum No. 1: District Attorney
                                                Monday, April 18, 6 pm
                                                               Register for Forum

 

Easy Voter Guide: The State League’s digital EVG for the June 7 primary election  is available for download, with voter information in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean. There will be no state propositions on the ballot this time. Produced for statewide elections in California since 1994, the Easy Voter Guide is a collaboration of the League of Women Voters of CA Education Fund and the California State Library.


Voting Accessibility: Mail-in and early voting were not only successful counters to pandemic restrictions but made voting accessible for all. We must not turn back. We must continue to fight to protect accessible voting practices. Read ‘What COVID-19 Taught Us About Making Voting Accessible’, by Dr. Deborah Turner, LWVUS President.

Voters Choice Act: The Alameda County Board of Supervisors recently voted to adopt the Voters Choice Act (SB450) model of conducting all future elections. Under the VCA, registered voters in Alameda County will get their ballots in the mail and the County will open vote centers instead of polling places for in-person voting.  A full description of the VCA is HERE. The County Registrar of Voters has submitted its draft Election Administration Plan for implementing the VCA to the Secretary of State for approval, which is expected this spring. 

Voting Texas Style: League member Pam Gaskin is among the Texans ensnared in the Lone Star State's restrictive new voting law. It imposes a raft of changes in a state that already had some of the strictest voting regulations in the country. Read her story and  the op-ed on Texas’ new election law by the president of LWV Texas:  New election law caused heart-breaking confusion among voters.

Speakers, Panels, Events

Defending Democracy Series Speakers 

This free series is hosted by the Piedmont League and co-sponsored by local Leagues including the LWVO.  Talks are live on Zoom and YouTube and will include Q&A. Learn more about the series and watch the three prior presentations HERE.

Dr. Fiona Hill

Can American Democracy Survive?

TODAY, March 30, 4 pm


Dr. Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, and formerly Senior Director for European & Russian Affairs at the National Security Council, will speak on the state of American democracy, from both domestic and international perspectives.  Since 2016, foreign meddling in US elections has become a cause for concern.  If we cannot trust our own institutions, what does that mean for our democracy? Is the crisis in Ukraine likely to spill over into neighboring countries?  What are the implications of the current situation for the international security order we have known since the end of the Cold War, and for our democracy? Learn parallels between what has happened in Russia and what could happen here, and the actions we can take to avert the worst outcomes.

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Professor Richard Hasen

How Disinformation Undermines Fair Elections

Tuesday, April 5, 4 pm

Richard Hasen, co-director of the Fair Elections and Free Speech Center at UC Irvine Law School, will speak on election subversion and disinformation. Learn what we can do to minimize disinformation campaigns aimed at suppressing voter turnout. Professor Hasen is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation and appears regularly on CNN. His most recent book, “Cheap Speech: How Disinformation Poisons Our Politics - and How to Cure It” (Yale University Press, 2022) lays out ways we can combat disinformation and protect democracy.

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TODAY, March 30, 6:30 pm

Conditions in Santa Rita jail have led to many unexplained deaths and suicides. Hear how the criminal-legal system works in Alameda County, what you can do to ensure the humane treatment of people incarcerated there (most of whom are simply awaiting trial), and what the County can do to reduce the number of people booked into jail. Please join the Interfaith Coalition for Justice in Our Jails, in collaboration with Faith in Action East Bay and many other organizations TODAY at 6:30 pm for a free zoom Town HallWhat’s Up With Our Jail: Why Your Vote Matters in the Races for District Attorney and Sheriff. 

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What Should LWVO Prioritize?

April 2, 10 am – Noon

The LWVO serves the community in a variety of ways – voter education at  election time and nonpartisan community education and advocacy during the year. This Program Planning Meeting will focus on our community education and advocacy, working  to influence governmental policy decisions in  Oakland.  What should the LWVO focus on in 2022-23? Now is your chance to suggest changes.  Here’s the background information to help you get ready: 

Program Planning is central to our work
LWVO's advocacy and education goals for  2021-22
LWVO Positions
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Help Create Oakland’s Visionary Blueprint 

2045 General Plan Town Hall #2

Thursday, April 7, 6-8 pm

The Update for Oakland's 2045 General Plan is an opportunity for Oaklanders to work together to create a visionary blueprint for our City’s future. Once approved in 2025, the Oakland 2045 General Plan will guide the development of our City for the next 20 years. This is the second of several Town Halls where you can contribute your ideas. Learn more!

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LWVO Book Club
“The Agitators”

Thursday, April 21, 6 pm

Join us for a discussion of The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women’s Rights, by Dorothy Wickenden and Alicia Simms.

The Agitators tells the story of three women: Harriet Tubman, who rescued enslaved people from Maryland’s Eastern Shore and shepherded them north along the underground railroad; Martha Coffin Wright, a Quaker mother of seven who worked side by side with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to organize women’s rights and anti-slavery conventions across New York; and Frances A. Seward, wife of Lincoln’s secretary of state, who hid her radicalism in public while privately pressing her husband to persuade the President to move immediately on emancipation.

RSVP to lwvobookclub@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.

Small Donor Campaign Financing 

Wednesday, April 27, 7–8 pm

Learn how big donors and outside money dominate Oakland elections. See how small-donor campaign financing programs can empower many more Oakland residents to fund the campaigns of local candidates and help overcome barriers to democracy. We’ll look at how public financing programs like Seattle's Democracy Dollars would incentivize local candidates to pursue Oakland voters rather than high-dollar donors, and could deliver changes on issues that matter to us all. Spanish and Chinese translation will be available for this LWVO program.

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Volunteer Opportunities

 
LWVO is gearing up for the June 7 primary and November 8 general elections. If you would like to join a great group of friendly volunteers, let us know at info@lwvoakland.org. We have tasks big, medium, small, temporary or continuing. Below are some community opportunities.

      Be part of something great! Be a County poll worker.

You are eligible if you are: 

Bi-lingual poll workers are in demand. To support and promote the democratic process for our targeted language communities, the Registrar seeks people with proficiency in: Burmese, Chinese, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Mien, Mongolian, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Telugu and Vietnamese. Contribute to your community while earning extra money. Apply Here.

                   Help Investigate Government Operations

Interested in how public agencies work? Want to do something about waste and inefficiency in the use of your tax dollars? If so, consider service on the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury. This group of 19 local citizens investigates the operations of County, City, and special agencies such as school districts, BART, EBMUD and other public and non-profit entities conducting Alameda County business. Prospective jurors must be residents of Alameda County and available from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023.  Apply Here by April 15.

                         SOS Meals on Wheels needs your help

Every day, they deliver 1,800 nutritious meals prepared in their own kitchen to local homebound seniors, including in Oakland. Since the height of the pandemic, volunteer numbers are down over 45%, while the number of clients and meals served is down only 15%. SOS Meals on Wheels is in dire need of  support from our community to avoid placing current clients on a waiting list. Volunteer meal delivery drivers commit 2-3 hours one weekday morning a week. You must be at least 18, have access to your own vehicle, and be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. Sign Up HERE.

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