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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.


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Register to Vote!

Are you registered to vote? Have you moved since you registered? 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.

Are you ready for the
Birmingham Municipal Election?


The first round of the Alabama U.S. Senate election is over, but Birmingham residents will go to the polls again this Tuesday, August 22 to choose their city leaders. There are 16 candidates vying to become Mayor of Birmingham, 2017-2021. There are challenged races for each of the nine City Council seats. There are eight candidates in the District 5 City Council Race. There are also challenged races for Birmingham School Board Districts 4 - 9.

Where can you find nonpartisan information about these races and candidates? Check here:
    ▪    BirminghamWatch Birmingham Election Voter Guide
    ▪    al.com - Mayoral candidates here and here, City Council candidates here

IMPORTANT! BIRMINGHAM RESIDENTS, WHEN YOU GO TO THE POLLS ON AUGUST 22nd:
    •    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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Alabama Citizens have spoken!

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Thank you for voting, Alabama. Your voice has been heard. There will be a runoff Republican Party Runoff Election on September 26, 2017 between candidates Roy Moore and Luther Strange. The winner of that runoff will face Democrat Doug Jones who won the Democratic Party's nod without a runoff. The General Election to choose the next Alabama U.S. Senator will be held on December 12. At this time there are no known independent candidates or third party candidates qualified for listing on the U.S. Senate General Election ballot.

Continue to learn about the Senate candidates and the election through these Voter Guides:


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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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New Board Leads LWVGB Forward


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LWVGB Board of Directors, 2017-2018

Left to right: Dir. Maggie Howard, Dir. Nancy Sales, Dir. Maria Hawkins, Pres. Starr Culpepper, VP Leonette Slay, Secretary Mikesha Harvill, Treasurer Leslie O'Neil, Dir. Connie Arnwine, Dir. Tyrone Williams, Sr., and outgoing President. Jean Johnson

On Thursday, April 27, the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham looked toward the 2017-2018 league year at the organization's annual business meeting. At Nabeel's Cafe and Market in Homewood, members elected a new Board of Directors, set the budget for the coming year, changed bylaws, and readopted LWVGB issue positions.

New Board President Starr Culpepper is excited to assume leadership of the LWVGB. Following her election, she said, "The Alabama Senate Special Election Primary is coming up on August 15 and Birmingham Municipal Elections on August 22nd. Our League is educating citizens about the elections, registering them to vote, and encouraging active participation in democracy at all levels. We will continue to pursue this vital part of our mission." The LWVGB is also continuing to observe local government boards and agencies in the Greater Birmingham area. Culpepper continued, "The Greater Birmingham Observer Corps is a powerful tool for assuring government transparency and supporting the people's right to know."

The following members are elected to the LWVGB Board of Directors for 2017-2018:


Officers:
President Starr Culpepper
Vice President Leonette Slay
Secretary Mikesha Harvill
Treasurer Leslie O’Neil

Directors:
Connie Arnwine
Maria Hawkins
Margaret “Maggie” Howard *
Nancy Sales
Tyrone Williams, Sr.

* Margaret “Maggie” Howard was previously elected and is serving the second year of her term as LWVGB director. Outgoing President Jean Johnson was elected as chair of the Nominating Committee.


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Updated "Government Representatives at Your Fingertips" is here!


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We are pleased to announce that the newly updated "Government Representatives at Your Fingertips" (or "Fingertips" for short) is now available online. This resource has all the information you need to make your voice heard at the local, state, and national levels of government. "Fingertips" has been one of the League's most popular publications for many years and for good reason. Bookmark "Fingertips" now and be ready to contact your elected officials any time you feel the need to speak out!

We encourage everyone to be active participants in democracy, Of course, that means showing up and having your say at candidate forums and at the polls, but it also means speaking out to your elected government representatives at any time. We think it should be easy for you to get in touch with your mayor, a city councilman, your county commissioner, your state or Congressional representatives, or any other public official. That's why the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham is putting "Fingertips" … uhumm…at your fingertips. Use "Fingertips" often to reach out to your government officials.

Many thanks to LWVGB leaders
Yvonne Brakefield and Judith Hand for their good work on "Fingertips." You've done a great service for the citizens of Greater Birmingham in updating this essential public asset!

See "Government Representatives at Your Fingertips"

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Informational Session for Greater Birmingham Observer Corps a Huge Success!

Also, see "Greater Birmingham League of Women Voters Shines Light on Government" LWVGB Press Release, 3/9/2017


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On February 23, 2017, the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham hosted an Informational Session on our efforts to strengthen the Greater Birmingham Observer Corps. LWVGB members Carol Clarke and Haley Lewis, and LWVGB President Jean Johnson spent the past several months planning this Informational Event and invited all LWVGB members, CAC Young Partners, media partners and other community-service minded Greater Birmingham residents.

We welcomed about 20-25 (including representatives from Weld and Birmingham Watch) guests at Architecture Works on the 23
rd. After enjoying delicious refreshments and conversation, Carol Clarke began the session by welcoming everyone and explaining that she, Jean and Haley came together to work on reviving the Observer Corps after discussing with other Birmingham community leaders that a “helpful presence” in board and agency meetings is a current, un-met need in Greater Birmingham. Jean Johnson then briefly introduced the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and explained the history of the Observer Corps and its role in board and agency meetings. Jean also described the role of an Observer and the benefits to the person observing, to the board or agency being observed and to the community at large. Finally, Haley Lewis initiated the call to action: to encourage all attendees to sign up for Observer Training, which will be spearheaded by Ann Smith, on March 15, 2017 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Architecture Works.

For more information about the Greater Birmingham Observer Corps, visit observercorps.lwvgb.org. If you are interested in attending the training, please email observercorps@lwvgb.org. We are all thrilled at the level of interest we have received thus far and are eager to revive the Greater Birmingham Observer Corps in the coming months!

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Young people want to vote!
We want to help!

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If you are a high school or college student who has never registered to vote, don't worry. We're on our way! Once again LWVGB Voter Service will be out in the community this Spring registering voters. We will be in several area high schools educating students about our electoral system and the importance of voting and, of course, registering eligible young people to vote!

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In Memoriam to Ruth J. Wright, LWV Champion

Update: A memorial service for Ruth will be held on February 11, 2017 at 2:00 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, 4300 Hampton Heights Drive, Birmingham, 35209. Please join us to celebrate and remember Ruth’s life.

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Dear LWVGB Members and Friends,

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It is with a heavy heart that we report that Ruth J. Wright, Life Member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham, has passed away. She died peacefully last night, January 18, 2017, at Brookwood Hospital due to respiratory complications. She was 93 years old. Ruth was an active leader in both the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and of Alabama. She was a champion of the League and for all citizens of our community and state. Read more…

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LWVGB Newsletter THE VOTER, FEBRUARY 2017 EDITION, is now online!

READ IT!

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Get the scoop on all these stories in the LWVGB February 2017 Edition of THE VOTER newsletter. Check it out!

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Don’t miss another issue. Subscribe to THE VOTER. We’ll email you each month when the new issue is ready to view.

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See our LWVGB Calendar for scheduled current events.

Also, see
archived LWVGB News and Events here.