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LWV Supports the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017

The League of Women Voters is proud to support the “Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017” introduced on 6/14/17 by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Robert Brady (D-PA). Under this legislation, when eligible voters interact with a government agency, they will automatically be signed up to vote unless they decline.  It also provides for online voter registration for all eligible voters.vote-button

“This bill will improve the accuracy of voter records, cut down on costs, and modernize outdated registration systems, while supporting states in implementing these updated systems,” said Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters. “The League has advocated for online and electronic voter registration for many years and we are pleased to see Congress recognizing these technologies.”

Modernizing the American electoral system will protect and enhance access for eligible voters and this plan could add millions of eligible new voters to the rolls.

Read more here on the League’s national website.

And let your legislators know you support it, too!

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Vote!

Did you receive your Special Election Official Ballot in the mail? If not, contact your County Clerk.

You should have received your ballot by now. Be sure to turn it in by postal mail, a drop box or walk it in to the County Clerk’s elections’ office by or on May 16, 2017.

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Elections Department
1036 SE Douglas Ave., Room CH124
P.O. Box 10
Roseburg, OR 97470
(541) 440-4252

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Thank you for voting!

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Program Publications

Photos of the Electoral College Discussion

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Charles Young of Umpqua Community College, professor of history and government, spoke last night, 4/18/17, at the (soon-to-close) Douglas County Library in Roseburg, Oregon. He spoke eloquently about the formation of our early government and the Electoral College. The founding fathers were careful and thoughtful about including all of the states, large and small, while developing our constitution which led to the inclusion of the Electoral College.

We would like to share photos from last night’s presentation and discussion on the Electoral College and how we elect our nation’s presidents. Thank you to all who attended. Please visit our new webpage dedicated to the National Popular Vote webpage, which the League of Women Voters supports.

You probably know that it takes 270 electoral votes for a presidential win. But why that number, 270? If you add up all of the Senators (100) and all of the House of Representatives members (435) and the Washington, DC, representatives (3), the total is 538. Divided in half equals 269, therefore the number needed to win the election is 270. And there was much more about the country’s constitution, and how and why it was set up that way 230 years ago in 1787.

A current subject related to national elections, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, was also discussed, which is a proposal that would go around the constitution by states voting to instruct their electoral college voters to vote for the person who wins the national popular vote. Right now 11 states with 165 electoral votes have passed NPV, and the Oregon House has passed it in May 2015 for the third time, also failing in the Senate three times.

Currently HB2927 is in the House but isn’t out of committee yet. Contact your legislators about this bill and SB824 in the Senate.

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Make Every Vote Count!

It’s time to contact your Oregon legislators about supporting SB 823, the “National Popular Vote” (NPV) bill.one-person-one-vote

Contact your own state legislators and also Oregon’s senate president Peter Courtney. The NPV is a way to make every voter’s vote count in a presidential election. Clicking on the links in the message below will get you to three suggestions for the text of a message, which you can personalize.

Other links:

Spread the word to your friends in other parts of Oregon to help make every vote count!

Jenny Carloni, LWVUV President, 3/6/17

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September Newsletter is Out!

Check it out! Your League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley’s September Newsletter is now online. Read it and be informed!

LWVUV-Newsletter-Sept-2015To read the newsletter, click here.

Please attend the first League Social of the year, an ICE CREAM SOCIAL, on Thursday, September 24th at 7PM to 8:30PM at the First Presbyterian Church, 823 SE Lane, Roseburg, downstairs. Look for the Office entrance. Friends are welcome.

Find out what’s shaping up for the League’s new year. Join us for this kick-off fun session.

For more information, call Jenny Carloni, president, at [541][672][1914].

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House District 2 Candidates Forum Photos

Thank you for attending the House District 2 Candidates Forum held at the OSU Extension building in Roseburg on Oct. 7 and sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley.

Here are some photos from the event.

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