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  • 01 Dec 2016 11:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to everyone who came out to our D3 (Democracy, Discussion, and Drinks) event about the Electoral College last night! We had a great turnout!

    For those who would like written information, the speaker, Nick Harper, created a brief handout that you can refer to and share with others. 

    If you'd like even more details, Nick recommends “The Electoral College: How It Works in Contemporary Presidential Elections” from Congressional Research Service, the nonpartisan law and policy research division of the United States Congress. 

    There are already two bills in the Minnesota Senate and two in the House this session supporting the National Popular Vote Compact:

    S.F. No. 10

    S.F. No. 16

    H.F. No. 42

    H.F. No. 44


  • 16 Nov 2016 8:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Presumptive President-Elect Donald Trump has won the presidential election, even though Democratic candidate Secretary Hillary Clinton won the popular vote across the nation. Many people are asking what the Electoral College is and why we have it.

    The founding fathers established it in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.

    Each candidate running for President in your state has his or her own group of electors. The electors are generally chosen by the candidate’s political party, but state laws vary on how the electors are selected and what their responsibilities are.

    A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President.

    You can learn more about the Electoral College at the National Archives and Records Administration website. You can also find information on Wikipedia.

  • 28 Oct 2016 11:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You can watch the District 67 Candidate forum on SPNN (CH19) on the following dates and times:

    Sunday, October 30, 07:00 pm

    Tuesday, November 1, 07:00 pm

    Thursday, November 3, 01:00 pm

    Friday, November 4, 07:00 pm

    Saturday, November 5, 03:00 pm

    Sunday, November 6, 02:00 am

    Sunday, November 6, 09:00 am


    You can also watch on Youtube.

  • 13 Oct 2016 9:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This information is from the Secretary of State's website

    A write-in candidate for U.S. President, U.S. Senator or U.S. Representative must file a written request for his or her votes to be counted. This request must be filed with the Office of the Secretary of State no later than November 1, 2016.

    Presidential candidates must also include the name of a vice-presidential candidate and the name of at least one, but not more than ten, candidates for presidential elector.

    We received further clarification from the Secretary of State's Office:

    When you vote for a write in candidate, you will fill in the oval/square next to the write in candidate space on the ballot. That “write-in” candidate spot will receive a number as to how many people filled in that oval/square. So, the “write-in” candidate for that office will receive a number on election night. That vote is counted and is a part of the official report from that precinct. The names that are written in that spot will also receive a number associated with the name, if that name is a registered write in. That is a separate report completed by the election judges/absentee ballot board members.

    You can click here to see all the candidates for office for President/Vice President on the Minnesota ballot.

    The list of individuals registered as write-ins will be continuously updated until November 1. You can contact the Secretary of State's Office for an updated list. 

  • 09 Oct 2016 4:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    DISTRICT 65 CANDIDATE FORUM


    https://youtu.be/0nowAOA1Pfs

    Viewing Schedule on SPNN
    Thu 10/13/16, 7:00 pm
    Sat 10/15/16, 8:00 am
    Sat 10/15/16, 7:00 pm
    Sun 10/16/16, 9:30 am

    Co-Sponsor: Hallie Q. Brown Community Center

     DISTRICT 64 CANDIDATE FORUM

    https://youtu.be/sxiIqe-NoIg

    Viewing Schedule on SPNN

    Fri 10/14/16, 7:00 pm
    Sat 10/15/16, 9:30 am
    Sun 10/16/16, 8:00 am
    Sun 10/16/16, 7:00: pm

    Co-Sponsors: Highland Park District Council and Civic Eagle

  • 19 Sep 2016 6:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You can read the September-October 2016 issue of our newsletter here!

  • 17 Sep 2016 12:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On November 8, 2016, Minnesota voters will be asked whether to amend the Constitution to remove from the Legislature the power to set their own salary. This proposed Constitution Amendment will create a Legislative Pay Council. This citizen council will be responsible for determining the salary of state legislators. This proposed amendment was authorized with bipartisan support in the 2013 Legislature. Failure to vote on the amendment has the same effect as voting no on the amendment.

    Click this link to download a flyer with more information on the Amendment.

  • 11 Sep 2016 8:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following report was provided by our Observer Corps volunteer, Elizabeth Zalanga:

    As students prepare to head back to school, The Saint Paul Board of Education is also preparing for the 2016- 2017 school year. During the August Board meeting, the Board listened to presentations about district-wide school readiness updates. Interim Superintendent Dr. John Thein expressed his excitement for his first day of school by saying he “can’t wait to see the smiling faces of all the students and staff on September 6th and 8th.”

    Dr. Thein, a former educator, administrator, and superintendent of Roseville Public Schools, was named the interim superintendent last month when the Board officially voted Valeria Silva out of the superintendent seat. This decision was heavily criticized and led to the immediate resignation of Board member Jean O'Connell, who strongly disagreed with the actions of some of the Board members and the lack of transparency in this matter. Silva received a separation agreement worth $787,500 and will serve full-time as a special consultant through September 2017. No details have been provided yet about the search for her permanent replacement. 

    Another important topic discussed during the Board meeting was about clarifying the role of school resource officers (SROs) in district high schools. The board voted 5–0 to approve a new contract for police officers assigned to work at high schools, which includes additional training, monthly meetings with student advisory councils, and new distinguishing uniforms. The contract comes after a video of a school resource officer at Central High School arresting a former student suspected of trespassing was posted on Facebook and within hours was viewed nearly 206,000 times. The officer was widely criticized for his actions as many believed he was being unnecessarily aggressive. This contract serves as a way to improve relationships between school resource officers and students.

    Our Observer Corps works to help monitor city government and its various departments, including: City Council, Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED), and the soccer stadium committee. If you would like to become an Observer Corps volunteer, please email Mary Vik at shack194849@gmail.com. 

  • 26 Jul 2016 8:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We've received an overwhelming response to this request for volunteers and have filled up the fall schedule at local libraries. Thank you to our volunteers for your energy and support of the League. We couldn't do it without you!

    You can make a difference this election season by registering voters this September and October at the library! Many local libraries have coordinated times for the League to visit and register voters. The libraries will provide tables and computers to help voters register online or find their polling place. While LWVSP will provide signs, forms and information. All we need is you! As a volunteer you will help library visitors fill out forms and empower them to make their voices heard this November.

    Please see the schedule suggested by the libraries below and let us know if you can volunteer for one or more shifts. We'd obviously love for you to volunteer as much as you can. Please email or call Nichole Fairbanks at nicholef@hlaccountants.com or 651-251-4389 and let her know the dates, times and locations you would be available to volunteer.

    Please note: There has been a specific request from the Highland Park location for a volunteer that speaks Amharic. If you or someone you know speaks Amharic, please let us know and consider helping in this location.

    Branch and Location  Preferred Days in September/October   Preferred Times
     Dayton's Bluff
     645 E 7th St
     Saint Paul, MN 55106
     Thursdays (except October 19)  5-7 p.m.

     George Latimer Central Library
     90 W 4th St
     Saint Paul, MN 55102

     Mondays, Tuesdays or Sundays  Mon. 12-2 p.m.
     Tue. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
     Sun. 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

     Highland Park
     1974 Ford Parkway
     Saint Paul, MN 55116

     Tuesdays  5-7 p.m. or
     5:30-7:30 p.m.

     Merriam Park
     1831 Marshall Ave
     Saint Paul, MN 55104

     Mondays or Wednesdays  4-6 p.m. or
     5-7 p.m.

     Rondo Community Outreach Library
     461 North Dale St
     Saint Paul, MN 55103

     Mondays or Tuesdays  Any two-hour block between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

     Sun Ray
     2105 Wilson Ave
     Saint Paul, MN 55119

     Tuesday, Sept 20, Monday, Sept 26,  Monday, Oct 3, and/or Tuesday, Oct 4

     9/20 5-7 p.m.
     9/26 4-6 p.m.
     10/3 5-7 p.m.
     10/4 4-6 p.m.

     West 7th Community Center
     265 Oneida St
     Saint Paul, MN 55102

     Friday, October 7 (This is the date of the monthly program "Fare for All" with 150+ library visitors.)  10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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