Get your LWVGB Voter Information Bookmark!

Citizens, we have a voter information bookmark that has been customized for the Greater Birmingham area. Print out, cut, (3 per page) and distribute to your friends, family and co-workers. Nice voter education tool!
Download. (Thanks, LWV of Gr. Tuscaloosa for this great idea!)

Recently in League...

LWVGB 2014 Business Meeting
June 19, 2014
6 - 8 p.m.

Sweet Tea Restaurant
2205 3rd Avenue S.
Birmingham, AL 35233
Thank you for turning out, LWVGB members! The Program, Budgets, bylaws changes, and Nominating Committee slate were passed as presented. Get Business Meeting information and documents.

LWVUS 2014 Convention

June 6-10, 2014
Omni Dallas Downtown Hotel
Dallas, TX

Get more LWVUS 2014 Convention information.

LWVAL 2014 Council

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Bluff Park United Methodist Church
733 Valley Avenue
Hoover, AL

It was an "A-Mazing" Council! Thanks to all LWVGB members who volunteered and extended your warm hospitality to our Magic City guests. A council report will be posted soon on the LWVAL website.
Greater Birmingham Citizens, we need your help!

JOIN THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS!

  • Voter Registration Drives
  • Nonpartisan Candidate Forums
  • Greater Birmingham Observer Corps
  • ... and MORE!

The great news is that the League of Women Voters is being called upon to carry out many democracy-sustaining, democracy-building projects that we do so well! First of all, as you MAY have heard, this is an election year. We are holding many voter registration drives throughout the area. YAY! Score one (actually many) for American democracy! We're also anticipating requests to hold nonpartisan candidate forums. We are quite proud of our highly respected and well-deserved, 94-year experience in that area. And, the LWVGB Observer Corps is gearing up for another year observing Greater Birmingham elected and appointed officials. We care. We observe. We report - to the public and in an unbiased way.

So, this is where you come in! We can't do it alone. Please join the League and help us! Our membership is open to EVERYONE age 18 and older, men and women! We need for you to join the League of Women Voters today and help out when and where you can on any of these projects. Help a little or help a lot - your choice. (By the way, the above are just a few of our projects. You will find a rewarding place to volunteer.) Or, just help us with your financial and moral support.

Click here for the full scoop on the League of Women Voters and join today. THANK YOU! We greatly appreciate your membership in and support of the League of Women Voters!

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Did you miss voting in the Primary Elections because you weren't registered to vote? Don't let that happen again! Register today so that you'll be ready to vote on Nov. 4th!

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

The Secretary of State's mobile photo voter ID units are touring the state again to provide free photo voter ID for those who qualify. There are no visits scheduled for the Greater Birmingham area in September, but the units WILL be in these counties: Coffee, Chambers, Marengo, Escambia, Monroe, Mobile, and Baldwin. In Oct. the units will be in Lowndes and Montgomery Counties. Let your friends and relatives in these areas know! (All August visits have been concluded.) See the exact schedule - dates, times, locations - for these mobile photo voter ID units in Alabama.

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Thank you for voting in the Primary Runoff Elections!
See election results
here.

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

  • Oct. 21—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::


NOTE: There is one constitutional amendment on all Alabama Primary Runoff Election ballots on July 15. You are asked to vote YES or NO on the following:

PROPOSED STATEWIDE AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE (1) Proposing an amendment to Amendment 388 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 93.06 of the official recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, relating specifically to the assessments authorized for cotton producers to support a program for the promotion of the production, distribution, improvement, marketing, use, and sale of cotton; to delete the requirement that assessments on cotton producers would be subject to refund. (Proposed by Act 2014-188)

For more information about this amendment, read the amendment's enabling legislation.

ALABAMA REGISTRATION AND ELECTION INFORMATION



Get more election information from the AL Secretary of State.


Other Election Resources



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To the Greater Birmingham Media:

Please note these short nonpartisan PSA statements you might want to share with your viewers or listeners as advice on voting in the Alabama Party Primary Elections on June 3, 2014. Feel free to use them as PSAs, as filler information, or in other nonpartisan placement as you may deem appropriate. Please let us know if you use any of these PSAs.

Thank you for your assistance in educating voters in the Greater Birmingham area!

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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 PHOTOT 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 TO PHOTO ID VOTING REQUIREMENT: 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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Mark Your Calendar!
See LWVGB Calendar for more dates of upcoming events.

LWVGB 2014 Business Meeting
June 19, 6 - 8 p.m.
Sweet Tea Restaurant
2205 3rd Avenue S.
Birmingham, AL 35233

LWVGB Members, don't miss the annual business meeting. It is essential to our grassroots governance, You will elect officers and board directors, set the general and Education Fund budgets, vote on changes in LWVGB bylaws, and decide what our issue program will be for 2014-2015. Be sure to read the proposals that will be discussed and on which you will vote before attending this meeting. Get all
Business Meeting information and documents here. See you June 19 at Sweet Tea!


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RECENTLY IN LEAGUE...

LWVAL 2014 Council
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Bluff Park United Methodist Church
733 Valley Avenue
Hoover, AL

It was an "A-Mazing" Council! Thanks to all LWVGB members who volunteered and extended your warm hospitality to our Magic City guests. A council report will be posted soon on the
LWVAL website.

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LWVGB Co-hosted 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

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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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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!