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The League of Women Voters urges VOTE YES on Proposal 1

The LWV of New York urges you to vote yes on Proposal 1 which appears on the ballot of the General Election on Tuesday, November 4th. This proposed amendment to the State Constitution revises the redistricting procedure for state legislative and congressional districts.

The proposal will establish a new, independent 10-member commission to redraw districts lines every ten years. The amendment creates a new redistricting process that no longer allows legislators to solely pick which constituents they get to represent by drawing their own district lines.

To read more information, including ballot language, background information on redistricting in New York State and throughout the US and five reasons to Say Yes, click here.

To learn about two additional proposals that appear on the ballot, click on the proposals:

Proposal 2

Proposal 3

Voting Info for November General Election

League of Women Voters Gearing Up With Election Info Via Web Sites, Booklets and Forums

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization, is gearing up as it does every fall to register voters, plan Candidate Forums, collect and organize candidate information on the web and in print, and encourage every citizen to vote.

“With internet technology, we have the tools to reach people with the information they need quickly and easily,” said Marianna Stout, Voter Service Chair, LWV of Westchester.

The LWV of Westchester has asked all candidates in the county to respond on www.Vote411.org, to a questionnaire asking for basic biographical information, for their positions on major issues and to provide their links to further information. Voters, by typing in their address, will access a personalized ballot with candidates for their local district; they can also find the address of their polling place and directions on getting there. A link to a voter registration form is also on the www.Vote411.org site.

The League continues to print a Voters Guide of candidate information submitted to the Vote411 website by the time of the print deadline. If there are questions, one can call the LWV Westchester office at 914-949-0507 or email at lwvwestchester@optonline.org.

Another traditional League service is the sponsoring of Candidate Forums as well as providing trained moderators to forums sponsored by others. At these forums, or debates, voters can meet and question the candidates or they can watch a replay on the web or on local access cable TV. The schedule will be posted on this website.

League members will also be registering voters at sites throughout the county, including on National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 23.

“We urge everyone to be registered to vote, or reregister if you have moved,” said Stout. “And it is important to become knowledgeable about the candidates and the issues. The people we send to represent us in Albany and Washington can make a big difference.”

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, grassroots political organization with chapters throughout the 50 states. The League neither supports nor opposes candidates on any level of government but promotes informed citizen participation in government through education and advocacy. Membership is open to all citizens of voting age.

New York State LWV Has Posted Election Info at
http://lwww.lwvny.org. Ballot proposals are included there but you can see the proposals in full at the New York State Board of Elections website.

Forum on Redistricting Held Sept. 10  Sally Robinson, President of LWVNYS, gave a power-point presentation on why the League supports Prop 1, followed by a Q and A. Video now availablehttp://vimeo.com/105927701

Hear why LWV-NYS supports the Redistricting Proposal; learn about the issues. The purpose of this proposal is to reform the process of establishing new state legislative and congressional district lines that the Constitution requires every 10 years. If the proposal is approved, an independent redistricting commission will be established to determine lines for legislative and congressional districts. Sponsored by the LWVs of White Plains, Riverstowns, Scarsdale, Larchmont/Mamaroneck and the White Plains Library.

Results of the League of Women Voters Education Foundation's Survey of Split Shifts for Elections Inspectors

April 2014. The League of Women Voters of Westchester (LWVW), a number of whose members serve as Election Inspectors (EIs), has for some time wondered if splitting poll-working shifts might not: 1) halt the drop-off of inspectors as they age and find the 16-plus-hour day too burdensome, and 2) attract much-needed new recruits.

Read more on our Voter Service page>

Download the statement plus survey responses

Just Published: Updated Green Lawns Blue Waters Brochure

May 2014. Thanks to a generous grant from the Westchester Community Foundation, the Westchester County League of Women Voters Education Foundation has updated its popular 2004 brochure “Green Lawns Blue Waters.” This guide to safe and healthy gardening provides up to date, practical tips to cope with the effects of our changing climate. Free copies are available in bulk for distribution by emailing lwvwestchester@optonline.net or calling (914) 332-1301.

Download the pdf of the Green Lawns Blue Waters
Read more including list of online resources>

"Running and Winning" Workshop Encourages Young Women to Seek Political Office

Running & Winning Workshop 2014

April 2014. Ten women elected officials from Westchester met with more than 46 young women from 19 Westchester high schools recently to share how they got interested in public issues and eventually run for elected office, encouraging the high school juniors and seniors to consider public office in the future.   Read more with additional photos>

LWV sponsors the Students In Albany Program
Read about our student's experience in 2013>

League Supports Mass Transit on New Tappan Zee Bridge   read the league's comments on the Mass Transit Task Force Report March 2014

League Commissions Report on New York’s Economically Recoverable Shale Gas
April 21, 2014 The New York State League of Women Voters contracted with Labyrinth Consulting Services, Inc. to perform an evaluation of potential economically recoverable Marcellus shale natural gas in New York as a result of determining that New York State’s proposed 2014 Energy Plan lacks this vital information. 
Read the League's press release about the evaluation.
Read the full evalution report (44 pages)

Videos Track Issues of Shale Gas Fracking in New York State's Marcellus Shale, a League Concern January 2014 read more>

LWV Responds to Algonquin Pipeline Expansion Project read the LWV's letter of Jan 14, 2014 to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission>

LWVW Statement to Charter Revision Commission Nov. 2013  Read the statement on our County Government page>

Westchester County Charter Revision Commission Update  April 2013 The Charter Revision Commission met recently to discuss each of its four focus groups' reports. Read the League's response>

Housing Update: see LWV's FAQ for understanding the Housing Agreement and video of the Sept. 16 forum
Read it and more on our Housing Page>
See the video of the Sept. 16, 2013 forum

LWV Westchester Issues Statement on the Westchester County Fair and Affordable Housing Controversy addressed to the County Executive, HUD, and the Board of Legislators
read the FAQ and full statement>
dowload pdf of full statement
download Journal-News Community View 5-17-13 pdf




Help Protect Democracy

In order to continue to carry out our work to protect democracy, we need your help. Contributions to the League of Women Voters of Westchester directly support our programs. Checks may be payable to LWVW and mailed to 570 Taxter Road, Suite 565, Elmsford, NY 10523.

Questions and comments may be directed to Tel: 914-949-0507; fax 914- 997-9354; or email lwvwestchester@optonline.net


Thurs. Oct. 16. Candidates Forum, North Salem Town Board, State Sen. Dist. 40. 7pm, North Salem Middle/High School Library, 230 June Road, North Salem

Tues. Oct. 21 Candidates Forum East Yonkers. 7:15pm, Sarah Lawrence Auditorium

Wed. Oct. 22 Candidates Forum White Plains LWV. 7pm White Plains Library

Thurs. Oct. 23 Candidates Forum Croton. 7pm Croton Free Library.

Thurs. Oct. 23 Candidates Forum New Castle Cong. Dist. 17, State Senate Dist. 40, State Assem. Dist. 93. 7pm Chappaqua Library

Mon. Oct. 27 Candidates Forum New Rochelle. Come as early as 6:30 pm to write and turn in questions. 7pm, City Council Chambers, City Hall, 515 North Ave.

Tues. Nov. 4 Election Day

Thurs. Nov. 6 LWVW Board Meeting, 9:30am Community Unitarian Church, White Plains

Thurs. Dec. 4 LWVW Board Meeting, 10:30am Scarsdale Congregational Church, followed at 12:30 by Annual LWVW Holiday Luncheon and speaker.

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The New York State LWV's Newsletter is now available online.

See other Leagues' newsletters

New 2014 Directory of Government Officials Has Arrived  Read more>

Join the League!

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan grassroots organization which promotes informed citizen participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. League members make a difference in their community, statewide and nationally through active volunteering and/or financial support.

Membership is open to all citizens of voting age. Non-citizens may join as associates. Students may join at a reduced rate. For further information on membership, contact a local League through the link on this page or e-mail lwvwestchester@optonline.net with your address and phone number and we will contact you with further information.

County League Seeks Volunteers

If you know of someone who may be interested in serving on the County Board or any of the committees, or if you have an interest in doing so, contact the League office:

Tel: 914-949-0507; email LWVwestchester@optonline.net 

Voter Service Moderators Needed!

Help Wanted!
Moderator Training Available
See details on Voter Service page. Contact Harry MacLaughlin at 
914-232-5735  or harrym67@verizon.net.

Want to Know What's Going on in Albany? Read the State League's revived blog, Capitol Beat

Interested in NYS politics? Want to participate directly in the legislative process and development of policies? Join the new LWVNYS Lobby Corps

The League of Women Voters of NYS is developing a Lobby Corps, similar to that of LWVUS. The purpose is to train a group of volunteers who will then communicate the League's position on proposed legislation in person directly to the members of the state Senate and Assembly. The volunteer lobbyists will receive background information, talking points and individual assignments of legislators. A meeting will be held prior to the start of the legislative session in Albany to train and brief the Corps.

These volunteers are not to replace the Issue Specialists on whom the League currently depends for specific information, testimony and memos on particular issues as they are considered by the legislature. Instead, the Lobby Corps will be generalists who will provide the direct contact with the legislators on the key talking points. The Corps will also attend legislative committee meetings to report to the state League on important discussions and votes. It would be expected that the Lobby Corps volunteers would agree to lobby on a regular basis as assigned in Albany, for example, at least 2 days a month.

The Corps will work very closely with the state League's Vice President for Issues and Advocacy, Sally Robinson, and our Legislative Director, Barbara Bartoletti. The volunteers will "shadow" Barbara to meet the legislators, become familiar with the capitol and the legislative procedures, and learn the aspects of good lobbying techniques, especially during the volunteers' first year.

Come make a difference - and try something new in the League! For more info contact Laura Ladd Bierman, LWVNYS Executive Director, Laura@lwvny.org

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