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!
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!
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.
Thank you for voting in the Primary Runoff Elections!
See election results here.
NEXT UP STATEWIDE!
TUESDAY, NOV. 4, 2014, 7 AM TO 7 PM
BRING VALID, ACCEPTABLE PHOTO ID.
LEARN ABOUT THIS NEW VOTING REQUIREMENT.
See information below or call::
For more information about this amendment, read the amendment's enabling legislation.
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)
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!
IMPORTANT NEW VOTING REQUIREMENT!
PHOTO Voter Identification is required to vote in 2014.
Are you ready for the June 3rd Primary Elections?
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:
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RECENTLY IN LEAGUE...
LWVAL 2014 Council
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Bluff Park United Methodist Church
733 Valley Avenue
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.
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:
LWVGB Agriculture Update
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
Includes the LWV discussion leaders packet and consensus questions
Agriculture in the United States
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.
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.