Annual Meeting 2014

Annual Meeting of the Membership

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Social Gathering, 6:30 pm
Business Meeting, 7 pm
Rose Stephenson bringing to life Carrie Chapman Catt, 8 pm

Join Us:
▪ To Be with Friends and To Become Acquainted with Other Members
▪ To Elect Our New Board Members and Nominating Committee
▪ To Plan Our Future
▪ To Honor Our Members
▪ To Acknowledge Our Achievements

Annual Report     Annual Meeting Materials

The Capitol Lakes Grand Hall, 333 West Main Street in Downtown Madison.
Free parking in the ramp across the street. Have your parking ticket validated as you leave the event.

Valentine's Day Fundraising

Valentine's Day coincides with the founding of the League of Women Voters. The League uses the occasion to encourage members and others to show their love by making a Valentine's Day / "Birthday" contribution. On behalf of Pat Kippert, Fundraising Director, we are thrilled to share the news of this year's fantastic success, both in terms of contributed dollars and number of donors (66!). Thanks to all who helped make this happen!

Valentine's Fundraising

Spring 2014 Election Results

Uncanvassed results from the Spring 2014 Election are available from the Dane County Clerk. In Dane County, 19.3% of registered voters turned out to vote.

April Issues Forum

The public is invited to join us for our monthly issues forum
 Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 7 pm

Homeless Children in Dane County

Jani Koester, Homeless Services – Transition Education Program (TEP), Madison Metropolitan School District

Tyler Schueffner, Outreach Coordinator, Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin

Kristin Rucinski, Executive Director, The Road Home

Study materials    Flyer to post

The Capitol Lakes Grand Hall, 333 West Main Street in Downtown Madison.
Free parking in the ramp across the street. Have your parking ticket validated as you leave the event.

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Fundraising With Membership Renewals

What a treat to read the membership renewal report of September 12, 2013!  dollar

One hundred fifty-four LWVDC members submitted the $75.00 dues. Another sixteen lifetime members joined in with their donations to the organization at this time. The end result is $4060.00 contributed to keep our League running and successful in the coming year.

Thank you! Thank you!

---Pat Kippert, Fundraising Chair

How to Become a Voter Registrar

To register voters in Madison, you can watch a video online, complete a form and a quiz, sign it, and send it in. Your certification will be good for two years for registering Madison voters ONLY. To register residents of other towns and municipalities, contact the relevant municipal clerk. Many clerks accept Madison certification. Our Voting Information page has contact information.

WI Supreme Court to review voter ID ruling

Wisconsin’s voter ID law (2011 Wisconsin Act 23) was passed in 2011 and has been blocked since March 2012. The law has been challenged by four lawsuits, which are still in the courts.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has announced it will review the Appeals Court ruling in the League's case. The high court will consolidate oral arguments with a separate case filed by NAACP and Voces de la Frontera. Attorneys will be filing briefs in the coming months, and oral arguments will be scheduled in the future. Click here to see the current status of the lawsuits. (Reviewed/updated weekly by LWVWI.)

Another Successful May Member Challenge

fireworksThe 2013 May Member Challenge has been recorded.

      Seed donation: $2,000 (2 anonymous donors)
Member response: $2,070 (24 donors)
Total contributions: $4,070

I earnestly thank you foresighted and dedicated members! Your steadfast loyalty to our League is so essential to our success. I cannot overstate the importance of your contribution!

Gratefully,

Pat Kippert
Fundraising Chair

Voter ID Provisions Enjoined

Two separate judges, on March 6 and March 12, 2012, issued injunctions preventing the Government Accountability Board from enforcing photo ID requirements in 2011 Act 23. The Wisconsin Department of Justice appealed those injunctions, and the appeals were certified to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which sent them back to the respective Courts of Appeals.

On May 30, 2013, the Court of Appeals District IV reversed the circuit court's judgement and injuction in the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin's case. The League is conisdering its options with regard to further legal review.

The voter ID law continues to be blocked by the injunction ordered in the other case. The Appeals Court decision is a limited one. The Court of Appeals declined to find that the Voter ID law is unconstitutional in the absence of evidence that the requirement impairs the rights of qualified citizens to vote. Such evidence was not presented in this case. Thus, the May 30 decision does not resolve the constitutionality of the law. Other cases are still pending in state and federal courts that address the impairment issue.

Other key provisions of Act 23 remain in effect:

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