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  • 02 Sep 2019 10:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest Voter Newsletter is out. Read the full version online.

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  • 19 Aug 2019 9:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Young Leaders Promote New Voters to Register

    For Immediate Release
    Media Contact: Dan Krivit, LWVSP Youth Vote Chair
    (Dan.Krivit@outlook.com) or 612-616-7739


    ST. PAUL, MN (August 1, 2019) –
    High school students in St. Paul took the lead in registering over 100 new potential voters this past spring in 5 different senior high schools. Supported with stipends and training from the League of Women Voters, 11 high school students learned about the details of how to register new voters using standard forms and online applications. These student leaders used their own stories about why it is important to become civically engaged in government affairs and vote in upcoming elections.

    As a recent graduate of Como Park Senior High School, PaNhia Vang was one of 3 “Student Fellows” supported by a program sponsored by the League of Women Voters Minnesota (LWV Minnesota). “I wanted to help my fellow students and my community to increase their voices so we can be heard by our elected officials” Vang said. “Too often young citizens and people of color are underrepresented in government conversations. Voting is one of the best ways to make sure we are heard.”

    Two high schools, Como Park and Central, were a part of the LWV Minnesota “Student Fellowship” program this past spring. Other Como Park HS Student Fellows include: Theo Lucy, and Lexie Harris and each conducted their own issue advocacy project plus organized a student lead series of classroom presentations throughout the day on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in 22 different social studies classes of seniors and juniors. The Como Fellows decided to call this a “political participation drive” rather than a voter registration drive to emphasize that all students can become engaged in civics to help shape their own government. Como Social Studies Teacher Eric Erickson supervised the students. “It was inspiring to see these students go above and beyond with leadership roles in our democracy,” said Mr. Erickson. “They did an excellent job modeling participation, motivating their peers, and registering voters.”

    The 5 Central Fellows include: Nora Bergstrom, Melissa Elmer, Mariam Khayr, Cali Rivera, and Madeline Bagdade. These Fellows conducted a voter registration drive during the lunch hours at the Central High School cafeteria during the week of April 22 through 26. Stephanie McCleerey is the Central High School Social Studies Teacher that helped recruit and coordinate these Fellows with the LWV Fellowship program.

    The League of Women Voters St. Paul (LWVSP), organized a parallel Student Leader program in 3 other St. Paul high schools this past spring: Focus Beyond, Harding, and Washington Technology Magnet.

    At Focus Beyond, 2 voter training sessions were conducted: May 14 and May 16, 2019. Students. Raymond and Dominique helped motivate their other Focus Beyond Students. Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) School Board member Jon Schumacher also gave a brief presentation both days to help explain the role of the SPPS School Board. His remarks were timely given that the 4 of the 7 School Board seats are up for election on November 5, 2019. Jon Schumacher is retiring from the School Board as he has decided not to run again. Focus Beyond Teachers Mary Fran Schwartz and Andrew Andestic are the leaders of this civic engagement and voter registration effort. Focus Beyond is unique in that it serves students with individual education plans working towards their high school diploma and therefore students are 18 to 21 years old. A two-part series of “Tours to the Polls” is planned for October 29 and October 31, 2019 to actually go to the Ramsey County Elections Office with students to vote early in this year’s local Saint Paul elections. This same “Tour to the Polls” strategy was used successfully last year in the midterm, 2018 elections.

    At Harding High School, 3 LWVSP student leaders conducted a voter registration events during senior advisories on May 6 and May 20, 2019. The student leaders are: Memphis Thao, Jordanna Marshall, and Tochi Onuegbu. In total, about 17 seniors were registered (9 using paper forms and 8 using the MNVotes.org online form) Peter Beck is the Harding Social Studies Teacher who helped LWVSP volunteers organize the event.

    At Washington Technology Magnet, LWVSP coordinated with another organization to produce a voter registration event held on May 9, 2019.

    The LWV high school outreach efforts have also included promotion of the Ramsey County Elections Office program to recruit student election judges. Many of the LWV fellows and other student leaders were also student election judges. The Ramsey County Elections office plans to continue this popular student election judge program this fall for the November 5, 2019 local elections. For more information on this student election judge program, visit the Ramsey County Elections Election Judge Information web page.

    Next school year, LWVSP already has plans to expand this high school student leader program to also include Humboldt, Johnson, and the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists (SPCPA),

    The LWVSP Youth Vote Team is comprised of volunteers and one part time Project Coordinator. If you want to join the LWVSP Youth Vote Team and help work with high school and college students, contact Dan Krivit (612-616-7739; Dan.Krivit@Outlook.com) or Morgan Hess, Youth Vote Project Coordinator (303-746-6795; MHess@Macalester.edu).
     

    The League of Women Voters of St. Paul (www.lwvsp.org), celebrating its 100th year in 2019, is dedicated to informed and active participation of citizens in government. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and neither support or opposes political parties or candidates.

     

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  • 01 Aug 2019 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest Voter Newsletter is out. Read the full version online.

  • 01 Jul 2019 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest Voter Newsletter is out. Read the full version online.

  • 03 Jun 2019 11:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest Voter Newsletter is out. Read the full version online.

  • 12 Apr 2019 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest Voter Newsletter is out. Read the full version online.

  • 04 Mar 2019 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest Voter Newsletter is out. Read the full version online.

  • 09 Feb 2019 10:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The LWVUS Board approved the creation of a new taskforce regarding the national popular vote compact. This taskforce, comprised of a chair from the LWVUS Board and four additional members, will evaluate state League support, assess whether there is enough momentum around this effort to warrant further national engagement, make recommendations on the likelihood of gaining additional votes to pass the interstate compact, and suggest a plan of engagement for LWVUS. The taskforce will complete their work by August 15, 2019, for action by the LWVUS Board at their Fall Board Meeting.

    Anyone interested in applying for this taskforce should email Celina Stewart, cstewart@lwv.org.

    The deadline has been extended to indicate your interest to no later than Friday, February 15, 2019, at 5 pm EST. Application materials will be shared with all interested parties shortly after deadline.

  • 29 Jan 2019 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our Start By Believing Panel last week was a thought-provoking and interesting event. Special thanks to our speakers who each brought their unique insights to the issue of sexual assault response and prosecution (left to right): 

    • Sarah Colford is a Board Member and Moderator for Break the Silence. She is also a survivor. Break the Silence works to support survivors of sexual violence by striving to end rape culture and hold perpetrators accountable.
    • Jennifer Bjorhus is an Investigative Reporter for The Star Tribune. Originally a business reporter, in recent years Jennifer has begun focusing on criminal justice issues. Her recently published “Denied Justice” series examines how Minnesota’s criminal justice system often fails victims of rape and sexual assault. 
    • Commissioner Paul Schnell has held positions as Carver County Sheriff’s Deputy, in the Saint Paul Police Department, as Police Chief in Hastings and Chief of Police for Inver Grove Heights. His work in the SPPD included patrol officer, patrol sergeant, sex crimes & family violence investigator, public information officer, training officer, and crisis negotiator. From 2014 to June 2017, Paul served on the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board.
    • Nicole Matthews is Anishinabe from the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and is the Executive Director for Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition, where she has been since 2002 and serves as Executive Director. She was one of five researchers who interviewed 105 Native women used in prostitution and trafficking for their report: Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota.
    • John Choi is the Ramsey County Attorney. Both as Saint Paul City Attorney and in his current role as County Attorney, John's innovative approach to holding abusers accountable, while working collaboratively with advocacy agencies to help victims has transformed the way government intervenes in domestic violence and sex trafficking situations.
    Also, a huge thank you to our volunteers and partners in coordinating the event: League of Women Voters - Dakota County and Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN).

    Watch The Event

    If you missed the live event, there are still opportunities to learn. SPNN will be rebroadcasting the event on Channel 19 on the following dates and times: 

    • Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
    • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 9:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 1, 2019 at 9:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 10:30 p.m.

    We hope you find the program informative.

    *Photo courtesy of Kathy Defoe.

  • 22 Jan 2019 9:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Volunteers from the League of Women Voters can be a welcoming presence at Naturalization Ceremonies as we register new citizens to vote. For the past 20 years, our volunteers (many of whom are new members!) have:

    • Collected forms from nearly 7,000 new citizens in 2017 alone, spread across 80 ceremonies.
    • Carried in over 80,000 registration forms to the Secretary of State’s office since 2007.
    • Increased the percentage of new citizens registering to vote (it is now about 90-95%).

    The schedule of ceremonies for October 2018 - January 2019 is now available.

    If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Judy Stuthman at jastuthman@aol.com.

    See Ceremony Calendar from LWV Minnesota >

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