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LWVGB Holiday Celebration
Thurs., Dec. 10
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LWVGB Membership 2015-2016

Have you renewed your LWVGB membership for 2015-2016?
Please pay dues today to renew if you have not done so already. We greatly appreciate your membership! Thank you!
(If you are not a member, please
join us!)


Register to Vote!

Are you registered to vote? Have you moved since the 2014 elections? We're celebrating American democracy by registering voters in the Greater Birmingham area. We will share coming events here as we schedule more registration drives.


LWVGB rules for participation in a candidate forum.

Is your organization considering holding a candidate forum? Do you want the League of Women Voters to conduct or moderate the event? Here are the LWVGB rules for participation in a candidate forum.

See news of recent League events...

Get a Photo Voter ID if you need one. It's required to vote in Alabama!

Do you need to get a valid PHOTO voter ID? It is required to vote in the state of Alabama, so don't get caught without one when the next election rolls around! Acceptable IDs include a valid driver's license, valid passport, or in-state college/university/technical/professional school photo ID. (See the complete list of acceptable photo voter ID here.) If you do not have an acceptable photo voter ID, you will need to get one in order to vote! You can also get one at the DMV office in these area counties when getting a driver's license or renewing your license: Jefferson, Shelby, Blount, Bibb (if open), St. Clair (if open), Tuscaloosa, or Walker Co.. Also, the Secretary of State's Mobile ID units tour the state. See the AL Mobile ID Unit schedule here


League of Women Voters of Alabama sees DMV closures as threat to voting rights; calls for state legislation to suspend Voter ID Law

View and share LWVAL press release here.

The League of Women Voters of Alabama sees DMV closures as a threat to voting rights. The LWVAL calls for state legislation that would suspend the state’s voter photo ID law until the driver’s licensing centers are reopened. On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, the League of Women Voters of Alabama sent out a press release and an open letter to Alabama government leaders Gov. Robert Bentley, House Speaker Mike Hubbard, and President Pro Tempore Del Marsh, calling for this action. View and share the press release with letter.

Update: On Oct. 16, 2015, Gov. Bentley ordered ALEA to open closed AL DMV offices one day per month and denies racial motives for original closings. Read.


National Voter Registration Day a great success in Birmingham, AL!


In celebration of National Voter Registration Day 2015, LWVGB held four voter registration events on three Birmingham college campuses. League volunteers registered voters on Sept. 22, 2015, at Jefferson State Community College - Center Point Campus, Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Campus, and Brown Mackie - Birmingham Campus. LWVGB wishes to thank Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter for their partnership and volunteer service at the LawsonState event. Thank you especially to AKA Sorority Sister Kristen Heard for her volunteer service and the photographs provided here of the Lawson State registration. Thank you LWVGB member Yvonne Brakefield for photos of the Jeff State registration event and to Leonette Slay for the photo taken at the Brown Mackie registration. And thank you to all League registration volunteers Yvonne Brakefield and Jean Johnson (Jeff State), Nancy Sales (with Kristen Heard) (Lawson State), Margaret "Maggie" Howard and Judith Hand (Brown Mackie - noon shift), and Leonette Slay, Michael O'Donnell, and Jo Taylor (Brown Mackie - evening shift). And finally we wrapped up National Voter Registration week with a spectacular registration drive at Jefferson State Community College Shelby Campus in Hoover on Sept. 24. Thank to all LWVGB volunteers, AKA-UEO volunteers, and college staff who collaborated to make this the most outstanding National Voter Registration celebration ever held in the Greater Birmingham area. The many newly registered voters are the real winners!. See the photos.

And we're just getting started! Find upcoming LWVGB registration in the column at left or browse our calendar. Bring your friends. We'll get all of you registered to vote. It only takes a few minutes. We need YOU to make democracy work!



UPDATE ON THIS ISSUE 9/17/15, 12:05 p.m.: AL Legislature has passed and Gov. Bentley has signed the state budget into law. Read the story here and here. The Second Special Session of the Alabama Legislature adjourned Sept. 16, 2015.


$300 million of additional tax revenue is needed to prevent severe cuts in the Alabama General Fund budget.

LWVGB urges members and the public to call their legislators to ask for $300 million in new tax revenue. We must have this additional revenue in order to sustain programs that are vital to the most vulnerable citizens in our Greater Birmingham community. Members of the Alabama legislature and the governor cannot come to an agreement on the state budget, and a number of legislators have publicly stated that they are not hearing "an outcry" from the public regarding cuts to the budget. Let's change that! We join with the League of Women Voters of Alabama and Alabama Arise in calling for increased state revenue. This is a matter of urgency.
Please see this Call to Action issued by the League of Women Voters of Alabama and take immediate action. Thank you!


League of Women Voters to celebrate 95 years helping to build democracy

We're celebrating 95 years of "making democracy work"®. Friends of the League are invited to attend our recepetion meet and greet at The Summit Club on Sept. 17. You must have a reservation. Email by Sept. 15 with your request or questions. LWVGB issued the following media release on August 18.

Birmingham, AL -- The League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and The Summit Club will hold a cocktail reception meet and greet on Thursday, September 17, 5:30 – 7:30 PM at The Summit Club at Regions-Harbert Plaza – Suite 3100, 1901 6th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL  35203.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham (LWVGB) and The Summit Club invite all League members and guests to celebrate 95 years of Making Democracy Work® at every level of government. In 1920, the League was founded as an outgrowth of the movement that secured women the right to vote. Today, the League empowers all voters to improve their local, state and national government. LWVGB is a nonpartisan, grass-roots organization. Membership is open to all citizens, men and women, age 18 and older. Information about the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham is available at

For this celebration, The Summit Club Board of Governors has approved a special invitation to join The Summit Club to all members of the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and their guests. Attendees will be invited to become a member of The Summit Club, a private business and social club in downtown Birmingham. The Summit Club is 25 years old and is an organization known for connecting business professionals and providing opportunities to foster relationships. With this preferred invitation, the Summit Club will waive the Club’s current initiation fee. Only a small application fee will apply. The Club will also welcome new members with the gift of a dining allowance.

Those wishing to attend the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham’s reception on September 17 should contact the League at by Tuesday, September 15 to RSVP. Complimentary parking will be available for the reception in the Regions-Harbert Plaza Parking Garage.

Register to Vote!

Are you registered to vote? Have you moved since the 2014 elections? We're celebrating American democracy and National Voter Registration Day (Sept. 22) by registering voters in the Greater Birmingham area. Find a LWVGB voter registration location near you.
  • Sept. 15 - Jeff State Community College Shelby-Hoover Campus - 12:30-2:30 pm
More locations soon!

Happy Birthday to the 19th Amendment!
Ratified Aug. 18, 1920
The League of Women Voters has worked for many
decades for women's suffrage. See this nostalgic
19th Amendment slide show.

Women received the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920. It was first introduced in Congress in 1878. Alabama ratified the amendment on Sept. 8, 1953. The vote was not, in fact, assured for all until the National Voting Rights Act of 1965. (That act has been under attack and weakened in recent years. We hope you will join the LWV in restoring the #VRA!)

Flash back now with School House Rock's take on the 19th Amendment!


An Open letter to Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard

The Alabama Legislature convened the 2015 First Special Session in an effort to pass a General Fund Budget for the coming fiscal year which begins on Oct. 1. When the session adjourned on August 11, a budget had not passed. Call for a Second Special Session is expected. The League of Women Voters of Alabama has made the following statement with accompanying letter to AL House Speaker Hubbard:

Alabama needs sustainable, equitable, long-term solutions to our state's fiscal problems, not short-term quick fixes. And let there be open discussion during the budget making process so that citizens are aware and can express their views, not announcement after deals are made behind closed doors. On July 27, 2015, LWVAL sent this open letter to Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard expressing the League's views.

Keep up with this state-wide issue on the LWVAL website at To contact your state legislature with your own views on this or any other issue before the Alabama Legislature (in your own name, not in the name of the League), you can get contact information for your legislators here. You can follow all legislation at the Alabama Legislative Information System Online (ALISON). Bills that impact the League's Principles and LWVAL issue positions are reported in the LWVAL Legislative Report here.


The National Voting Rights Act: What does it matter?

A lot! How did the Voting Rights Act of 1965 expand voting access in the United States? What was the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in 2013 to essentially make Section V of the Voting Rights Act (Shelby v. Holder) inoperable? In an interview with journalist Ari Berman, National Public Radio offers this overview of the weakened NVR and discriminatory attempts to restrict free, fair, and accessible elections. (Thank you to
LWV Mobile for pointing out this piece.)

Also see this article "50 Years After the Voting Rights Act Became Law, It Needs to be Restored" by LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara.


Each One Bring One: 4 Ways You Can Help Grow Your League

LWVGB Members, resolve to bring one new member into the League in 2015-2016! Here's how you can help...
  • Bring an interested guest to one of our very informative League meetings. Watch the LWVGB calendar for upcoming events.
  • Print out the LWVGB membership brochure (newly updated for 2013!) and give to your friends.
  • Print and cut out a few of these small, handy "Join the League" membership cards. Keep with you to give to friends.
  • Keep us in your "social circles".
         Like & share LWVGB articles on
         Follow & retweet LWVGB on

Let's grow the League!