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LWVGB Members, save the dates!

LWVAL 2014 Council
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Bluff Park United Methodist Church
733 Valley Avenue
Hoover, AL
Registration deadline April 16!
Get full details and register today!
(ALL LWVGB members and guests are welcomed and encouraged to attend! You do not have to be a delegate to Council.)

LWVGB 2014 Business Meeting
Thursday, May 15, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sweet Tea Restaurant
2205 3rd Avenue S.
Birmingham, AL 35233
LWVGB Members, please review LWVGB Program and submit your requests for program changes by April 2, 2014 to Leonette Slay.

LWVUS 2014 Convention
June 6-10, 2014
Omni Dallas Downtown Hotel
Dallas, TX
Get more LWVUS 2014 Convention information.
ATTENTION TUSCALOOSA AND SHELBY COUNTY RESIDENTS!

Photo Voter ID is required to vote in 2014. The Voter Photo ID Mobile Unit will be in Tuscaloosa and Shelby Counties this week to offer FREE photo voter ID if you need one. Not all photo ID qualifies for voting! Also, residents of PIKE, CALHOUN, BARBOUR, CLEBURNE, ESCAMBIA, PICKENS, COVINGTON, AND COFFEE COUNTY RESIDENTS will be served this week of April 14-18.)

TUSCALOOSA CO. APRIL 17th
10 AM – 3 PM – Vance, Alabama – Civic Center, 18336 Hwy 11 N., 35490

SHELBY CO. APRIL 18th
9 AM - 4 PM – Calera, Alabama- Community Center, 8560 Hwy 31, 35040

COMING SOON... JEFFERSON COUNTY MAY 5th - MAY 12th

Learn more about this NEW VOTING REQUIREMENT and get the mobile photo voter ID unit schedule for all Alabama counties.

Mark Your Calendar!
See LWVGB Calendar for more dates of upcoming events.

NEXT EVENT...

LWVAL 2014 Council
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Bluff Park United Methodist Church
733 Valley Avenue
Hoover, AL
ALL LWVGB MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND
WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE A COUNCIL DELEGATE!

Your volunteer help with this event would be greatly appreciated.

Contact Ann Smith at anncsmith1(at)charter(dot)net to see how you can help. Let's offer our warmest hospitality to our League members from across the state! Also, there will be a fun welcoming dinner on Friday evening, April 25 for all League members and guests arriving in the Magic City the day before Council. Put this one on your calendar! You'll receive more information when you register.

LWVAL COUNCIL REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16th!
REGISTER TODAY!


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Voter Photo Identification will be required to vote in 2014. Are you ready?


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Cover photo of the Photo ID Guide

All Alabama voters will be required to show PHOTO voter identification beginning with the party primary elections on June 3, 2014. Do you have an acceptable ID? Only specific types of ID are acceptable. Not all photo IDs are acceptable! Here is official information about the law from the Alabama Secretary of State's Office.

Be informed! Be ready to vote in 2014!


Schedule for the Alabama Mobile Photo Voter Identification ID Unit
Shelby and Jefferson Counties

The Alabama Mobile Photo Voter Identification ID Unit will be in Shelby and Jefferson Counties to provide free photo voter ID for qualified individuals as scheduled below. To find out if you qualify see the Photo ID Guide published by the AL Secretary of State (SoS). For other counties see this AL SoS website.

Shelby County

Friday, April 18th 9 AM - 4 PM – Calera, Alabama- Community Center, 8560 Hwy 31, 35040

Monday, April 21st
9 AM- 12 PM- Montevallo, Alabama – City Hall, 545 Main St., 35115 1 PM – 4 PM – Wilsonville, Alabama – City Hall, 9905 N. Main St., 35186

Jefferson County Schedule for Mobile Photo Voter Identification ID Unit


Monday, May 5th
9:30 AM – 12PM –Bessemer, Alabama – Bessemer Public Library, 400 19th Street North, 35020
1 PM – 4 PM – Center Point, Alabama –Center Point City Hall, 2209 Centerpoint Parkway, 35215

Tuesday, May 6th
9 AM – 12PM – Brighton, Alabama – Brighton Senior Services Center, 4100 Main Street, 35020
1 PM – 4 PM – Gardendale, Alabama – Gardendale Civic Center 970 Main St, Gardendale, AL 35071

Wednesday, May 7th
9 AM – 12PM – Irondale, Alabama – Irondale Detective Building, 5415 Beacon Drive Suite 123, 35210
1 PM – 4PM – Leeds, Alabama – Leeds Civic Center, 1000 Park Drive, 35094

Thursday, May 8th
9 AM – 12 PM – Pinson, Alabama – Pinson Public Library, 4410 Main Street, Pinson, AL 35126

Friday, May 9th
9 AM – 12 PM – Trussville, Alabama – Trussville Civic Center, 5381 Trussville Clay Road, 35173
1 PM – 4 PM – Warrior, Alabama – Warrior City Council Chambers, 215 North Main Street 35180

Monday, May 12th
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM – Hoover, Alabama – Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Hoover, 35216


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RECENTLY IN LEAGUE...

LWVGB to Cohost Nonpartisan
Community Forum on Voting


The League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham cosponsored  a "Nonpartisan Community Forum on Voting" on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the St. John AME Church, 708  15th Street, North, Birmingham, AL. This voter service program was presented to the public in collaboration with the Magic City Bar Association (MCBA), the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham (LWVGB), and the Upsilon Eta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA), Incorporated.

These topics were discussed: 

  • "The importance of Voting"
  • "All about the new Alabama Voter Photo ID. Are you ready?"
  • "Felons and Voter Restoration Process"
  • "Alabama 2014 Election Calendar"

Citizens registered to vote at the forum IDs were taken for approved Alabama government photos.

This meeting was open to the public and was well attended.

LWVGB thanks these members of the host committee:
  • Ida Tyree Hyche, Esq., UEO AKA Connection Committee Chair & Magic City Bar Chair, Community Outreach (and former LWVGB president!)
  • Brooke Adams, UEO AKA President
  • Tameka Wren, Esq., MCBA President
  • Trish Crain, LWBGB President
  • Rev. Mashod Evans, St. John Pastor

LWVGB Agriculture Update
Consensus Meeting


On Sunday, March 16, 2014, members of the LWVGB came to consensus on questions regarding the League's position on agriculture in the United States. The members deliberated in the appropriate "great outdoors" of Tree House Room in the Vestavia Public Library.
A report of the consensus deliberation has been submitted to the national League of Women Voters. In the grass-roots tradition that has been followed by the League of Women Voters since 1920, member responses to the consensus questions will determine the League's updated national position on agriculture.

For member and public review, below are consensus information resources reviewed by members in answering the consensus questions. Many thanks to Nancy Ekberg, Connie Arnwine, Haley Colson and all members of the LWVGB Agriculture Study Committee for presenting this unbiased information in a neutral manner and guiding LWVGB members through the consensus process.

Agriculture Position Update http://www.lwval.org/members/agriculture-position-update/
Includes the LWV discussion leaders packet and consensus questions

Agriculture in the United States
http://www.lwval.org/learn-vote/agriculture/
Unbiased information and balanced points of view


Agriculture Study Summary and Fact Sheets
Helpful condensed resources that summarize
this very complex subject

Not a member of the League of Women Voters? Join the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham to participate in future grassroots conversation that will help set the League's policy positions on local, state and national issues. Join the LWVGB.

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Agriculture in the United States:
A Public Discussion

Thank you for participating in the discussion of Agriculture in the U.S. held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4300 Hampton Heights Dr., Birmingham, AL on Sunday, February 23, 2014. A meeting report will be posted here soon. See photos of the event. Read the press release for this event.

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House District 53 Runoff Election is postponed until Feb. 4

The Special Democratic Party Primary Runoff Election for AL House District 53 was postponed for one week due to inclement weather conditions. House District 53 is located in Jefferson County and is the seat previously held by the late Representative Demetrius Newton. Representative Newton passed away on September 11, 2013. As stated on the website of the AL House of Representatives, "Representative Demetrius Newton was elected in 1986 and served as the first African-American Speaker Pro-Tem of the Alabama House of Representatives from 1998 until 2010."

Candidates on the District 53 Democratic Party primary runoff ballot are Anthony "Alann" Johnson and Arthur D. Shores Lee. If you live in District 53, be sure to go to the polls on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 and vote!


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Thank you Judge King and to all who turned out on Jan. 27 to learn about this important change in voting process. This page will be updated soon.

Photo Voter ID: What is this new requirement, and how will it affect your voting experience?

Guest Speaker Judge Alan L. King
Monday, January 27 @ 6:00 p.m.
Homewood Public Library
1721 Oxmoor Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35209
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As mandated by the Alabama legislature in 2013, all voters in Alabama will be required to present valid photo identification at the polls beginning with the party primary elections on June 3, 2014. At the LWVGB meeting on January 27, Judge Alan King will explain the new requirement and how it will be implemented in Jefferson County. Judge King is Probate Judge and Chief Election Officer of Jefferson County and President of the Alabama Probate Judges Association. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Homewood Public Library.

Find out what you need to know about these new voting rules. What is a valid photo voter ID? If a voter does not have one, where and how can the voter get one? Will it cost the voter? Will it make voting in the state of Alabama more difficult? These and many more questions will be addressed in this informative meeting. Be prepared before going to the polls. League members will discuss ways in which we can educate and assist voters in obtaining an ID. We invite and encourage the public to attend.

More Information:

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JOIN US!
Please join the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and help us get it done. Membership is open to all American citizens (women AND men!), aged 18 or older, who agree with our mission and principles. Volunteer for small jobs on your own schedule or just lend your voice and moral support to the work that we do in the Greater Birmingham community. We welcome your participation in any way that suits you. Join the LWVGB today!

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Thank you for voting Birmingham!

Birmingham Runoff Election News and Results


Did you miss the Oct. 8 runoff election?

"I missed the voter registration cutoff for this election but I want to vote next time! How do I get registered?"

We hear this a lot. 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 the Jefferson County Registrar (JeffCo residents) or Shelby County Registrar (Shelby Co residents), 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? If so, register with your new address.
Are you sure you're registered? Check here to check your registration status and polling place or call the Jefferson County Registrar at 205 325-5550. Shelby County residents call the Shelby County Board of Registrars at 205 669-3913.

MORE ELECTION INFORMATION

IF YOU HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS - ELECTION RESOURCES



* Links to these publications are provided for information only. Commentary or editorial views that might be expressed in these publications are not necessarily the views of the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham. LWVGB is a strictly nonpartisan organization and does not support or oppose any candidate or political party.

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Birmingham August 27 election results:



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Full year ahead for LWVGB!

The LWVGB was very busy in 2012-2013, but we have even bigger plans for 2013-2014! Here's what we're taking on this year:

Assist voters by providing...
Note: The LWV is strictly nonpartisan. The LWV does not support or oppose any candidate or political party.
  • Registration drives
  • Information about Voter ID laws (effective 1/1/14)
  • Candidate forums
  • Voter guide
Educate citizens about complex public issues. Share unbiased information from the League's...

  • Health Care Study (Alabama)
  • Study of Agriculture (United States)
Attend meetings of and providing first-hand reporting on local government commissions, councils, and boards

… and more!

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Recently in League...


LWVGB Holiday Luncheon

Dec. 7, 2013

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All LWVGB members were invited to get in the holiday spirit at the LWVGB Holiday Luncheon on December 7, 2013. Members reunited with "old" League friends, and got to know some of our new members, too at the Sweet Tea Restaurant, 2205 3rd Ave S in downtown Birmingham. One can hear some memorable League stories at this event. It's a great annual tradition not to miss.

Members were reminded that holiday shopping at iGive.com/LWVAL  (http://www.igive.com/LWVAL) benefits the LWVAL Education Fund. At iGive.com there are over 1200 well-known stores, it doesn't cost the shopper a penny extra, and the LWVAL Education Fund receives a small percentage of each purchase amount. No parking problems, no lines, no hassles and LWVAL-EF benefits. Click here to find out more about how iGive.com works and start shopping. (Works all year long!)


You are awesome, Greater Birmingham!

On Thurs., September 26, 2013, LWVGB held it's annual Membership Mixer at Alamerica Bank, 2170 Highland Avenue South on Birmingahm's Southside. What a fantastic turnout! You really showed how much you care about our community and confidence in the League to help move us forward. We'll have a few pics posted soon.

Thank you, especially, to those of you who joined or renewed your membership in LWVGB that evening! We greatly appreciate your membership, contributions - wo/man power and financial - and steadfast support. LWVGB is a grassroots organization, and we cannot do the work we do without you.

And many thanks to Alamerica Bank for providing this wonderful venue and our refreshments!

It's still not too late to join the League of Women Voters for 2013-2014. LWVGB membership is well worth your time and financial support.


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Thank you, Sarah McDonald, for leading an excellent LWVGB Board orientation and planning session on Sunday, June 30! Many thanks also to Barbara Powell for opening her home to us and her most gracious hospitality. flagbar

6/25/2013 -- LWV Reacts to Supreme Court Decision on the Voting Rights Act
Supreme Court erases protections against racial discrimination in voting. Congress must act quickly to restore the Voting Rights Act

Washington, D.C. – “Today is a sad day in America: Through its decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, the U.S. Supreme Court erased fundamental protections against racial discrimination in voting that have been effective for more than 40 years,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. “Only strong action from Congress can fix this huge mistake made by the Court.”

Read the full
statement by the LWV of the United States.
Read NVRA
background.

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Members, thank you for attending the LWVGB annual business meeting on June 13, 2013 and lending your voice. Updates to LWVGB program, budget, bylaws and board members as approved by the membership are posted.
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The League in Greater Birmingham - Past Accomplishments, Future Goals

LWVGB current and future presidents held a discussion in the "Be Birmingham" segment of "The Alabama Way," ION Station WPXH-TV 44, Thursday, May 30, 2013 and re-aire Tuesday, June 4, 2013.


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What has the League of Women Voters accomplished in the Greater Birmingham community over this past year? You would be amazed. And what are the League's goals for 2013-2014? President Cyrondys Jackson Springer & President-elect Trish Powell Crane had a very informative discussion in the "Be Birmingham" segment on the program "The Alabama Way," ION Station WPXH-TV 44, on Thursday, May 30, 2013. The program re-aired Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

The coming year 2013-2014 will be a very active one for the League. Part of the LWVGB discussion on Tuesday morning focused on the League's Observer Corps and what role it might play in keeping the public informed about public affairs in the Greater Birmingham community. Government transparency and accountability are foremost concerns for LWVGB. Also, the Birmingham mayoral and city council elections are coming up in October. For 93 years, the League of Women Voters has had an excellent reputation as a nonpartisan voter service organization. Rest assured, the League will be assisting and educating voters and encouraging all to be active participants in our democracy!

LWVGB thanks ION Station WPXH-TV 44 and Station Manager Ms. Debra Perry for scheduling this interview on the "Be Birmingham" segment of "The Alabama Way" and for giving the League permission to post this segment.

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

LWVGB Members, resolve to bring one new member into the League in 2013-2014! 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
    Facebook.
         Follow & retweet LWVGB on
    Twitter.

Let's grow the League!