Lots of exciting news!
Lots of exciting advocacy and volunteer opportunities below. Take a look, then share this email with your friends who might be interested in taking action or getting involved! Summer has certainly started off with a bang! The National League of Women Voters convention in DC this month kicked off with a shout-out to the League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County, giving us kudos for our media strategy highlighting "the new generation" of leadership within our local League. We even scored a photo opportunity with Trevor Potter, former FEC Chair and the lawyer behind Stephen Colbert's SuperPAC! Read all about it on our new blog!
Did you know that the League of Women Voters is part of the North Carolina Conservation Network? The North Carolina Conservation Network is made up of over 100 organizations and over 11,000 concerned citizens from across the state, and just so happens to feature some incredibly convenient online action alerts about two very important issues facing the state right now: Fracking and Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds!
As many of you already know, the League has a strong commitment to environmental protection and pollution control. In 2010, delegates to the national League of Women Voters convention agreed that “fracking,” where high pressure water is pumped underground to fracture geologic formations in order to release natural gas, poses a threat to drinking water and other water resources. State Leagues across the country have taken the lead in working to block these mining processes that release contaminated and polluted waters, and now it's time for us to do our part here in North Carolina! Just click here to tell Governor Perdue to veto the fracking bill, NC Senate Bill 820. https://secure3.convio.net/nccn/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=779&utm_source=League+of+Women+Voters+of+Asheville-Buncombe+County&utm_campaign=e70d178f1f-June_20126_21_2012&utm_medium=email
2) Tell state legislators to release the HAVA funds
In 2002, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). HAVA money allows the State Board of Elections (NC has $4 million sitting unused in a bank account) to grant funds to counties to improve local election systems. These grants provide the funds for new early voting sites, training of poll workers, and the buying and maintenance of new voting equipment. HAVA guidelines simply require states to maintain a core election budget of no less than their 2000 level ($3.46 million/year for NC). But the NC legislature budgeted $660,000 below that level, so these HAVA funds are sitting in a bank account unused! County Board of Elections members across the state, including Buncombe County's own Jones Byrd, have urged state legislators to find a way to release these much-needed funds. Join these Board of Elections officials and tell your state legislators you want the NC General Assembly to release the HAVA funds and run a clean, fair, and transparent election process. Just click here to take action! https://secure3.convio.net/nccn/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=743&utm_source=League+of+Women+Voters+of+Asheville-Buncombe+County&utm_campaign=e70d178f1f-June_20126_21_2012&utm_medium=email
As you might have noticed, we're looking forward to an especially active year! We still need more volunteers to help us accomplish some of our exciting goals. We're currently looking for volunteers to help out in two very important areas.
1) Voter Services Committee
We are looking for a few dedicated volunteers with some free time on their hands between now and Novemeber! Volunteers would help produce and distribute our candidate questionaire and voter guide, organize candidate forums, and help coordinate our voter registration efforts. If you have a few hours a month available between now and November, please send an email to email@example.com to get involved!
2) Observer Corps: Board of Education!
Though local media doesn't always cover Buncombe County Board of Education Meetings, you might have seen local radio host Pete Kaliner's recent blog post about the most recent Buncombe County Board of Education meeting. If you're interested in helping the League keep an eye on local government, now is the time to join our Observer Corps! We're especially looking for volunteers who could observe Board of Education meetings, which are scheduled for the first Thursday of each month, beginning around 6:30pm. Since the Board of Education does not meet in July, the next meeting will be August 2nd, 2012. Will you sign up to attend as a League observer? To get involved, just send us an email. We'll send you more information about what being a League Observer entails!
Until next month,
President, League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County
Early Voting Period for 2nd Primary Election
Click here for more information.
League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County Board Planning Retreat, 9am-2pm.
The newly-elected board will meet to plan programs and activities for the upcoming year.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to offer your planning input or suggestions!
2nd Primary Election, 6:30am-7:30pm, ALL Buncombe County precincts.
Click here for more information, including sample ballots, candidate biographies, and more!
Blue Ridge Pride!
The League will have a booth setup at Blue Ridge Pride offering voter registration, election information, voter guides, information about the League's equality position, and more!
Please email email@example.com to volunteer for a shift at our booth!