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LWV Wood County September Voter

LWVWC will meet with Wood County Clerk Mark Rhodes to discuss voter registration and other election issues. Monday, September 25, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the conference room on the second floor of the Parkersburg City Building. The meeting is open to the public. Mr. Rhodes will also update registrations or register voters if needed.

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Correction: Huntington Bulletin

Meeting About the October 7 Election. (note the wrong date in the bulletin)

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LWV Statement on Charlottesville

League of Women Voters Condemns White Supremacists in Charlottesville

 
Washington, DC - League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement following the horrific acts by white supremacists in Virginia this weekend:

“Yesterday the world watched in horror as white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia. There is no place for hatred and violence in our democracy and all leaders must condemn these acts of domestic terrorism. We must send a strong message that while the freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly are some of our most cherished rights and must be protected, those rights do not extend to what we witnessed yesterday. The League of Women Voters stands in solidarity with the victims of violence in Charlottesville and against white supremacism.”

http://lwv.org/press-releases/lwv-statement-charlottesville

 Contact: Sarah Courtney | 202-263-1332 | scourtney@lwv.org

LWV Huntington Bulletin

CELEBRATE THE 19TH AMENDMENT ON AUGUST 21, 6:30, HUNTINGTON, WV

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July 2017 Morgantown-Monongalia Guide to Government Officials

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LWVMM Guide to Government Officials July 2017

LWVWV letter to Honorable Mac Warner concerning the EIC request

July 11, 2017

The Honorable Mac Warner
State Capitol, Bldg. 1, Suite 157-K
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV 25305

Dear Secretary Warner:

The League of Women Voters of West Virginia has grave concerns about the release of voter information as requested by the Elections Integrity Commission (EIC). We urge you to decline the request for the West Virginia voter file.

Because the EIC is formed under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), any documents that are submitted to the EIC must be made available for public inspection. West Virginia requires the recipient of voter registration lists or data files containing voter names, addresses or other information derived from voter data files to agree that the information “may not be used for commercial or charitable solicitations or advertising, sold or reproduced for resale.” Given the FACA requirement that all the information would be made public to everyone, how can you ensure that these limitations on use of the data are preserved by the EIC?

We believe you when you say your “office will be very careful releasing anything other than what we would normally, routinely release to political candidates or political parties.” But, this is NOT a request based on state or federal law. Even if it were based on federal law, there is no evidence that the EIC offers a secure platform for the exchange or maintenance of the information.

The request from Mr. Kobach, states that the voter information will be used “in order for the Commission to fully analyze vulnerabilities and issues related to voter registration and voting.” This mimics the Kansas Interstate Crosscheck Program initiated by Kobach in 2005. It has not been successful. Instead, it has been accused of not protecting data well nor filtering information adequately. That system works primarily by matching voters’ names and dates of birth. If the same name and date of birth show up for voters in two different states, the system flags them as possible double registrations. Researchers have found that Crosscheck’s matching algorithms are highly inaccurate, and the program itself acknowledges that there are a significant number of apparent false positive matches. A broader use of the more accurate and secure Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) system of which West Virginia is a member, undoubtedly better fulfills the stated purpose than the EIC’s sloppy request for voter files.

We do not believe the Commission is genuinely seeking to preserve and promote voter participation and election integrity but rather is unjustifiably and inappropriately collecting information about voters in order to suppress voter participation and to promote a false narrative about voter fraud. This request represents an inappropriate and ill-conceived federal overreach into state sovereignty. Since we already have evidence regarding the vulnerability to cyber-attacks of state and federal governments, the formation of a massive voter registration database at the federal level is most certainly ill-advised from a security perspective.

We believe that the states, which already have this responsibility, are the best guardians of voter information. Concern for the security of voters’ personal information is not a partisan issue. Many of your counterparts have denied this request on principle, as does our national president, Chris Carson. She expresses our belief that “There is no justification for this giant fishing expedition. The Commission itself is a distraction from the real issue of voter suppression, and that efforts to ‘investigate voter fraud’ threaten our most fundamental voting rights.” The Commission also requested you “contribute your views and recommendations throughout this process.” Please take this opportunity to offer your best suggestions.

We recommend that among your views and recommendations you include:

  • Oppose the termination of the bipartisan Election Assistance Commission
  • Provide federal funds to replace outdated election equipment
  • In person voter fraud is nearly non-existent in West Virginia.
  • West Virginia has no evidence of significant problems with voter registration fraud. Further, West Virginia has no evidence that improperly registered people actually vote.

The League of Women Voters of West Virginia urges you to join with election officials in Mississippi, Arizona, Kentucky, and many others, in refusing to share this sensitive information!

Sincerely,

Jonathan Rosenbaum
President
League of Women Voters of West Virginia

David Beard and Bill Austin – Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County


Video produced by West TV at the May 20, 2017 Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters Morgantown-Monongalia County.

Huntington League’s May Bulletin

LWV Huntington Meeting, May 9, 7 pm

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May 2017 Morgantown Newsletter

ANNUAL MEETING – Saturday, May 20 – The MPO and You


The 2017 Annual Meeting for the Morgantown-Monongalia County LWV will be held Saturday, May 20, at Ali Baba’s, 83 Hart Field Drive (Airport), from 11:30-2:30. Our speaker will be Bill Austin, Executive Director for the Morgantown-Monongalia Metropolitan Planning Organization (MM-MPO). Before coming to Morgantown in June 2009, Bill Austin worked for four MPO’s in various capacities in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and West Virginia. His transportation expertise led him to be a part of the consultant team for the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, preparing traffic and revenue studies for proposed facilities in Florida. Our League has long been concerned about improving traffic conditions in Morgantown and the surrounding area, including pedestrian and cyclist safety. We are very pleased that Bill Austin will give us an overview of the MPO. We are interested in how the new transportation plan was developed, how the public was involved, major concerns identified in the plan, and what we can expect to see coming out of the plan.

The business meeting will begin at 1:45, and will include adoption of the budget, the election of officers, and the proposed local program. The Board is very excited about the local program, and will spend time discussing ways members can participate in the league the coming year. Please plan to attend this important meeting!
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Additional Information

Please check pdf version of newsletter for full information about the schedule, reservations, and our proposed program and budget for 2017-2018.

VOTERS SERVICE LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

The League of Women Voters Morgantown-Monongalia County and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WVU will sponsor a Legislative Wrap-Up on a date to be announced. We have conducted these events in the past and find them very informative as they help community members understand the challenges that our Legislators face during a very grueling 60 days. Legislators will respond to a set of questions that will give them an opportunity to explain what they think went well, what they wanted but were unable to accomplish, and what things especially troubled them.. We plan to complete the wrap-up by 7:30. We will have a short time afterwards for refreshments and conversation. Please plan to attend this event!

**PLEASE NOTE: Governor Justice has called the Legislature back into session to resolve the state budget.  The Wrap-Up is currently postponed until the session finishes and we can identify a new date to reschedule. Updates will be posted to http://Wrap-Up.lwvwv.org  and to our Face Book page http://facebook.com/lwvwv

NATURAL RESOURCES

SOLAR HAPPY HOUR - Wednesday, May 24th 5:30-7:00pm at Mountain State Brewing Co.

Join WV SUN, the WV Sierra Club, the Morgantown Green Team, and the League of Women Voters to celebrate the success of the 2016 North Central Solar Co-op and the 2015 Morgantown Solar Co-op! We also welcome anyone who is interested in learning more about solar energy to join us at this event.

LWV STATE CONVENTION – MAY 6 

Four members from Morgantown went to the State Convention in Parkersburg: Jonathan Rosenbaum and Shirley Rosenbaum as State Board Members, and Vicki Conner and Barbara Brown as Delegates. We are very excited that Jonathan is the new President of LWVWV, and Vicki Conner is a new director!

Membership

Please plan to pay your dues when you come to the annual meeting May 20! Currently dues are $48 for an individual, $72 for a household (two at the same address), and $24 for a student. Checks should be made to LWV Morgantown-Mon County. (Dues and luncheon may be paid with one check).

Dues may be mailed to: Lyndell Millecchia, Treasurer, 476 Lawnview Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505. You can also pay with your credit card at http://tinyurl.com/paylwvmm or you may send money from your PayPal account to mmtreasury@lwvwv.org .

Contributions are also welcomed and encouraged. (Membership dues and contributions to the League of Women Voters are not deductible as a personal or business expense for tax purposes.)

MORGANTOWN CITY COUNCIL

ELECTION RESULTS

 

 

Ward

Candidate

 

1

Rachel Fetty

 

2

Bill Kawecki

 

3

Ryan Wallace

 

4

Jenny Selin

 

5

Ronald Dulaney

 

6

Mark Brazaitis

 

7

Barry Wendell 

Congratulations to League members Bill Kawecki and Barry Wendell, and to all the other candidates. The new Council will be sworn in on July 1.

Read the complete newsletter here: LWVMM May 2017 Newsletter

Wood County Voter May 2017

Why is West Virginia so Poor?

Sean O’Leary, a senior policy analyst with the WV Center on Budget & Policy

The presentation will cover the economic history of West Virginia, its current economic status, why a state so rich in resources remains among the poorest in the nation, and what can bring greater prosperity to the state.

Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Judge Black Annex, Parkersburg

Across from the Blennerhassett Hotel

This event is open to the public.

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