Making Democracy Work

November 2016 Newsletter

November Newsletter

November 2016 LWVGGB Newsletter

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

November 1 1-3:30 PM Achieve Brown Co. Register: leah@acheive browncounty.org

November 8 7 AM - 8 PM Election Day: Be an election observer or poll worker

November 10 4:00 PM Education Committee Meets BC Central Library Board Room

November 11 3:30 PM Making Democracy Work 1639 Rustic Oaks Court

November 14 5:00 PM LWVGGB Board Meeting City Building Room 310

November 14 6:30 PM Immigration Network Meets Ken De Groot Hall - St. Willy's

November 15 5:30 PM Making Democracy Work Award Dinner

November 16 4:40 PM Redistricting Committee Meets 121 Greene Avenue

November 19 8:30 AM - 2 PM LWVWI Issues Briefing-Madison Crowne Plaza Hotel

December 10 10:30 AM - 1 PM Holiday Potluck Brunch Kress Library, De Pere

December 13 9:30 AM Health Care Committee Meets 826 East River Drive, De Pere

January 14 Lively Issues! Save the Date.

MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK AWARD RECOGNITION DINNER

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2016 HOLIDAY INN STADIUM 2785 RAMADA WAY, GREEN BAY 54304

5:30 Social; 6:00 Dinner Award Presentation after Dinner

SALLY SIEBER & C.J. PETERS

RECIPIENTS

The LWVGGB Making Democracy Work Award celebrates individuals who have envisioned a way to improve the community and have mobilized others to work with them to effect change. Join us in celebrating Sally and C.J.'s outstanding leadership in organizing a cadre of ISRD's to register voters.

Reservations are necessary. Please mail a $25 check made out to LWVGGB to: Kathy Riley, 1639 Rustic Oaks Court, Green Bay, WI 54301 before Thursday, November 10. For questions and dietary restrictions call 920-366-2720.

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

DO NOT WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE! November 10 is the deadline for sending in your reservation for the Making Democracy Work Celebration. Please join us in honoring Sally Sieber and C.J. Peters, this year's recipients, who worked diligently to recruit Independent Special Registration Deputies. This ambitious cadre of ISRD's registered numerous voters at libraries, in schools, and at variety of other sites in our community, to make democracy work!

Our League joined Planned Parenthood for Feminism on Tap at the Libertine last month and enjoyed a relaxing and informal discussion about women's issues. The highlight of the evening was taking the Louisiana State Literacy Test which was disproportionately administered to back voters in the 1960's. If you were unable to join us, search for it at:<the impossible Louisiana literacy test> Thanks to Colleen Gruszynski for organizing this event with Becky Rasmussen from Planned Parenthood.

Deadlines are quickly approaching for the November 8, 2016 General Election. If you are planning on voting absentee you only have a couple days left.

Take a friend to vote, Julie

DEADLINES FOR THE NOVEMBER 8 GENERAL ELECTION

Registering to Vote- You must provide a Proof of Residence document when registering to vote. November 4, 2016 @ 5:00 p.m. Deadline to Register in Your Municipal Clerk's Office November 8, 2016- Register to Vote at Your Polling Place Voters on Election Day, Absentee Voting- November 4, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.- Deadline for In-Person Absentee.voting in your municipal clerk's office. Office hours vary by municipality. November 8, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m.- Deadline to Return Absentee Ballots. If you have already received an absentee ballot, you must return your absentee ballot to your municipal clerk. For additional information CLICK HERE MyVote.wi.gov

DRIVERS CARD FOR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

LWVWI Issues Briefing, November 19, will include a discussion about drivers cards for undocumented immigrants. Many Wisconsin voters have heard nothing about this issue, although advocates have attempted to introduce bills during the past couple of legislative sessions. The issue arises from the fact that undocumented immigrants in Wisconsin are currently not allowed to get drivers licenses, and most are driving anyway in order to get to their jobs, shopping, doctor's appointments, and to get their children to school or meet with teachers. Eleven states, including our neighboring state of Illinois, have enacted legislation that allows these immigrants to drive-not with a regular drivers license, but with what some states call a "drivers' card." Some other states have different names for this type of document, but in all cases it can be used only for driving and not as a photo ID for voting.

Several arguments favor "drivers' cards." First, it promotes safety on the roads because applicants would be required to pass the same tests that everyone must take in order to get a license. Second, it helps law enforcement because the card serves as identification whenever an officer has an encounter with a driver. Third, it allows these drivers to get car insurance so that they are not driving without insurance, which is the case for most of them right now. Fourth, it removes much of the fear that these drivers have about encountering a law enforcement officer, and it promotes better relationships between officers and the community. Fifth, it allows children of these immigrants, many of whom were born in the U.S. and are citizens, to get drivers licenses when they reach age 16; currently they cannot do this because their parents don't have insurance and the teenage child cannot get insurance through the parents. Many law enforcement officers around the state of Wisconsin have endorsed the idea of drivers cards, and employers such as dairy farm owners are strongly in favor as well, because undocumented immigrants make up a large percentage of their labor force.

Migration Advocacy Liaison Kathy Lockard

LWV 2016 ISSUES BRIEFING

Saturday, November 19, 2016 8:30 AM - 2 PM Crowne Plaza Madison, 4402 E. Washington Avenue

Michael Wagner Associate Professor School of Journalism and Mass Communications & Department of Political Science, UW Madison

Lessons of 2016 for Future Voter Advocacy Also: The Case for Driver Cards for Immigrants Protecting our Natural Resources Through Our Inter-League Organizations Planning for Impact: Discussion Led by State Board Members & Staff Register by November 10! Register online with your credit card at: http://2016issuesbriefing.eventbrite.com

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