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Every Vote Counts

Voting does matter. Period. Whether or not your candidate won the Alabama U.S. Senate Special Election, that is evident. Turnout on December 12 was about 40%. Was your vote apart of that statistic? If so, congratulations! Keep your sleeves rolled up. If not, be prepared to participate next time so that you, too, can write history and right history. VOTE and you will set the course for your community, your state and your nation!

In the news…
Turnout exceeds expectations in Doug Jones win in Alabama Senate race By Mike Cason, al.com, Dec. 12-13, 2017
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IT'S UP TO YOU!

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VOTE TODAY
TO CHOOSE ALABAMA'S NEXT
U. S. SENATOR!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017,
7 A.M. - 7 P.M.


4 THINGS TO KNOW


1.)  Find out where you should go to vote. Find your polling place at  https://myinfo.alabamavotes.gov/VoterView/PollingPlaceSearch.do
If you do not get the information you need, call your county Board of Registrars at http://sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes/board-of-registrars-all-counties
NOTE: If you go to this page
https://myinfo.alabamavotes.gov/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do
listed by the Secretary of State to find out if you are registered to vote and where your polling place is, you may not get proper results if you enter information that does not exactly match your voter registration record or if you have not voted in many years. If you have a problem it is better to call your county Board of Registrars.

2.)  Take acceptable photo voter ID to your polling place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and VOTE! What's acceptable photo voter ID? See the list at http://sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes/voter/voter-id

3.)  You can vote for anyone you like. You can vote for one of the candidates on the ballot, or you can write-in a person of your choice. How you voted previously or even whether or not you voted before does not matter.

4.)  You cannot be denied the right to vote. If your name is not on the polling list or you do not have acceptable photo ID, say that you want to vote a provisional ballot. Try your best to vote a regular ballot. (If you have moved to another Alabama county since you registered, you may need to go back to the polling place where your name is on the polling list.) If you must vote a provisional ballot, you will have until Friday, Dec. 15, to present proof at the county court house (perhaps acceptable photo ID?) that your vote should count.

Questions?


VOTE ON DECEMBER 12th AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

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or any day, please
support the LWVAL as we
Grow, Empower, and
Protect the Vote!
(Still not too late to give!)

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Your generous gift will support this work…


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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27th IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE OR CHANGE YOUR REGISTRATION INFORMATION TO VOTE IN THE ALABAMA ELECTION FOR U.S. SENATE ON DECEMBER 12th.

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If you need to register or change your registration information (change of address? change of name?) and have a valid Alabama Driver's License or Non-Driver's Identification card, you can apply to register online at 

https://www.alabamainteractive.org/…/vo…/instructions.action

OR, you can download a mail-in registration form at 
http://sos.alabama.gov/…/default/files/voter-pdfs/nvra-2.pdf
Print, fill out, sign, and mail that form. It MUST be postmarked by Monday, Nov. 27th. Or you can hand-deliver it to your Board of Registrar's office by that day. Here is the location of each AL county's Board of Registrars and phone numbers, too, if you have questions. 
http://sos.alabama.gov/ala…/board-of-registrars-all-counties

Not sure if you are registered to vote in Alabama? Check your registration status at 
https://myinfo.alabamavotes.gov/VoterVi…/RegistrantSearch.do
Questions? Call your county Board of Registrars office or the Election Division of the Alabama Secretary of State at 800-274-8683.

DO IT BY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27th AND BE READY TO VOTE ON DECEMBER 12th!

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FORUM UPDATE!
CANDIDATE FORUM FOR
ALABAMA'S OPEN U.S. SENATE SEAT
HAS BEEN
CANCELLED.


Nov. 6, 2017 — We regret to inform the citizens of Alabama that our nonpartisan forum for this state's open U.S. Senate seat must be canceled. We explain why in this LWVAL opinion editorial, "Obituary for a Candidate Forum" by President Barbara Caddell.

We would like to thank our partners, the Alabama Public Television Network and The Andrew Goodman Foundation, for working with us on this voter service project. We hope to work with you again in the future to provide Alabama voters with candidate and election information.

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LWVAL, APT, AND THE ANDREW GOODMAN FOUNDATION INVITE THE CANDIDATES FOR ALABAMA'S U.S. SENATE SEAT TO SHARE THEIR VIEWS WITH ALABAMA VOTERS

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On Tuesday, December 12th, Alabama citizens will go to the polls to decide who will be the next U.S. Senator representing our state. The League of Women Voters of Alabama and Alabama Public Television have invited the candidates, Roy Moore and Doug Jones, to participate in a televised forum to be aired on APT the week of November 27. Read the letter of invitation below sent to the candidates Roy Moore and Doug Jones on October 10. We hope that the candidates will take this opportunity to share their views on the issues with the voters of this state. Contact the candidates and encourage their participation in the forum. Personal contact by a voter is very valuable.

October 10, 2017

Dear [Candidate],

The League of Women Voters of Alabama and Alabama Public Television invite you to participate in a televised candidate forum featuring the nominees for US Senate in the December 12, 2017 special election. The forum will be held during the week of November 27 in the evening at The University of Alabama’s Digital Media Center. Please let us know what dates during that week you would be available.

We anticipate that the televised forum will last one hour. Its format will be as follows: each candidate will initially be given 2 minutes to introduce himself and state the issues he views as most important. Subsequently each candidate will respond to questions posed by Debbie Elliott, the APT moderator; these questions will be solicited state-wide and compiled by a committee of University staff and students as well as League members. Finally, each candidate will be allowed 2 minutes to summarize his views. The order in which candidates speak will alternate, beginning with the candidate whose name is drawn at the beginning of the forum.

We hope you agree to take advantage of this outstanding opportunity to present your views to the electorate. The sponsoring organizations--The League of Women Voters of Alabama and Alabama Public Television--are non-partisan organizations devoted to the active and informed participation of all citizens in government. They have successfully collaborated in the past to produce informative candidate forums. We believe this forum will provide the opportunity for a vast number of Alabama voters to hear your views on key issues in our state.

To RSVP and discuss details of the event, please contact Kim Bailey, our Forum Coordinator, at 205-331-9799 or kabailey07@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon about this important event!!

Sincerely,


Barbara Caddell, LWVAL President


Are you registered and ready to vote?

Check your status. Make sure that you are registered to vote and that your voter registration information is current.

Apply to register to vote or change your information. DEADLINE NOV. 27!
       * Do it online.
   
    * Fill out a form, print, and mail.
   
    * Request that a paper form be mailed to you.
   
    * Register at your county Board of Registrars Office or apply at any DMV Office, public library, or public assistance location.

Find your polling place.

IMPORTANT when you go to the polls on December 12…

  • Go to the polls between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Take valid photo ID with you (like your driver's license or AL non-driver ID).
  • Go to the polling place where you are registered to vote. Where's that? Check it out.

Questions?
Check here for answers:


It's your choice! Make your voice heard!

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IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES FOR THE

U.S. Senate General Election,
Tuesday December 12, 2017
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


Monday, November 27, 2017 - Last day to register to vote for general election

Thursday, December 07, 2017 - Last day to make application for absentee ballot for the general election [17-11-3(a)) not less than 5 days before the election.

Monday, December 11, 2017 - Last day to postmark an absentee ballot being returned by mail to the absentee election manager, OR if delivered by hand, absentee ballot must be returned to the absentee election manager no later than the close of business on the last business day prior to the election, the day prior to the election

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - General Election

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - Last day for military and other UOCAVA voters in the general election to postmark an absentee ballot returned by mail to the Absentee Election Manager.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - No later than noon, the medical emergency designee must deliver absentee ballot to absentee election manager


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LWVAL CERV flyerLWVAL has published a flyer on felon voting rights created for Alabama local leagues and MAL units to use at their voter registration events. Download the flyer here. A person committing only these crimes does not need a pardon to restore his/her voting rights, but he/she does have to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility to Vote (CERV). Please keep this flyer handy at voter registration events to help answer questions.

The Felony Voter Disqualification Act (HB282) was enacted by the Alabama Legislature and signed into law during the 2017 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature. This law defines felony crimes of moral turpitude that disqualify one from voting in Alabama. The attached flyer lists other crimes that DO NOT DISQUALIFY ONE FROM APPYING TO HAVE HIS/HER VOTING RIGHTS RESTORED. i.e. applying for a CERV.

FYI, there are many crimes that do not disqualify one from voting. Examples (as noted by the ACLU) are:
  • Misdemeanors
  • Felony DUIs
  • Driving while suspended
  • Possession of a controlled substance for personal use
  • Possession of marijuana for personal use
  • Fraudulent use of a credit card
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Domestic violence
  • Attempted murder
  • Obstructing justice with a false identity
  • Indecent exposure
One convicted of these crimes has not had his/her voting rights revoked and can register to vote immediately without applying for a CERV. More information is offered in this flyer published by the ACLU.

We hope you will keep this information handy to help those in need. Thank you for your service at your league's voter registration events!

Kim Bailey and Scarlett Gaddy,
LWVAL Voter Service, Co-chairs

Want to share this information? Share this link:
www.lwval.org/voter-service/CERV_flyer.html

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Let's work together to "Make Democracy Work" for everyone!

LWVAL Members and Friends,

When you vote, please take

this form with you to the polling place (or fill out at home): 
http://www.lwval.org/voter-service/ADA-Polling-Place-Checklist-fillable.pdf
Then mail, email, or fax it to ADAP as directed.

It is to provide an evaluation of the accessibility of your polling place. Where there are problems, we might be able to facilitate change by the next election. We are asking our LWVAL members to participate in this survey as a service to the
Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP)

On behalf of LWVAL and ADAP, thank you for your help!

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The League of Women Voters is
"Connecting, Engaging and Leading
for 2020 and Beyond:
A Transformational Journey"

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LWV Statement on Trump’s
“Election Integrity Commission”
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Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to reports that President Trump will announce an election commission to investigate false claims of widespread voter fraud in American elections:

“President Trump’s executive action today [5/11/17] announcing an Election Integrity Commission is an unnecessary distraction from the real work to protect against foreign hacking and interference in our electoral process. The real purpose of this effort is to justify President Trumps' false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 elections…." Read more.

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League of Women Voters of Alabama Supports the
Women's Suffragist Memorial!
You can, too!

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HONOR THAT SPECIAL WOMAN
IN YOUR LIFE!
(Mom doesn't need another scarf. Just sayin'.)

Remember that special, inspirational woman in your life with a gift to the LWVAL Women's Suffragist Memorial Fund. You can specify your gift as an honorarium or as a memorial gift. Click the "Donate" button below to make your gift, and then tell us about your honoree and whom we should notify about your generous gift.







OR… Would you rather mail your gift?

If you would rather mail your donation, make your check out to "LWVAL Education Fund" and note in the memo line "LWVAL Women's Suffragist Fund." Mail your check to:
      LWVAL Education Fund
      c/o Lella Lowe, Treasurer
      2609 Shay Court
      Mobile, AL 36695

If your gift is an honorarium or memorial please
submit this information form or include a note with that information so that we can inform the honoree or loved ones. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.

What will the memorial look like? See the

Architects' Rendering of the Women's Suffragist Memorial.


ABOUT THE MEMORIAL

The League of Women Voters of Alabama is collecting and donating funds for the construction of the Women's Suffragist Memorial to be located in Occoquan Regional Park and the National Register listed DC Workhouse and Reformatory Historic District. This site is adjacent to the Occoquan Workhouse where Alice Paul, Lucy Burns and 211 other suffragists were imprisoned for picketing on behalf of women's suffrage at the White House gates. It was in the Occoquan Workhouse that the suffragists went on a hunger strike in protest of their treatment and the continued practice of denying women the right to vote. These women were force fed repeatedly during their stay. The United States Supreme Court later ruled all 213 arrests to be unconstitutional in violation of the First Amendment. A donation from the League of Women Voters of Alabama Education Fund in the sum of $1000 will ensure Alabama Leagues are recognized on the donation wall of the Memorial. Please help us reach this goal by donating to our Women's Suffrage Memorial Fund. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.

We will remember their sacrifice for our right to vote!
Thank you for your donation!


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LWVAL 2017 Regular Session
Legislative Report


Read the Report

Last updated May 20, 2017

The 2017 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature
adjourned Friday, May 19th sine die.

During the 2017 regular session of the Alabama Legislature, LWVAL kept citizens informed about the legislature's activities regarding issues of importance to the League via this 2017 Legislative Report. The report was updated weekly (with some exceptions). For each bill, the report includes bill sponsors, bill summary, link to 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. The LWVAL 2016 Legislative Report remains posted for your review, along with the First Special Session of 2016.



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