A Call to Voter Services Volunteers for the 2016 Election Year

The Voter Services Team’s next meeting is Monday February 22, 2016 at 10:30 am at the LWVBAE Office, 2530 San Pablo Ave, Suite F, Berkeley, CA. Meetings will be held at this time and place every two weeks. There are many activities for us to cover to support a successful election year, including registering young people and keeping boxes of voter registration forms stocked at key locations in  Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville.

Voter Services Group

Registering Young People to Vote

In a recent letter to state school district superintendents, high school principals and others, Secretary of State Alex Padilla and State Superintendent of Instruction Tom Torlakson launched a new and continuing series of “California High School Voter Education Weeks” in September 2015. These weeks also will be held in spring and fall 2016. According to Secretary Padilla and Superintendent Torlakson:

“Voter turnout in California’s 2014 general election among eligible eighteen- to twenty-four-year-olds was a dismal 8.2 percent. A person in this cohort was more likely to get arrested in 2014 than to cast a ballot. Thus, your help in fostering civic engagement and participation in democracy is more urgent than ever.”

Under Ruby MacDonald’s leadership, the Voter Services Team is working with the Berkeley High School to implement in-class voter registration.  LWVUS studies indicate this approach is the most effective.

Maintaining Voter Registration Boxes

Volunteers are needed to fulfill LWVBAE commitment of stocking voter registration boxes in Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville. Recently, Phyllis Gale and Adena Ishii attended a meeting with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters staff.  The Alameda County Leagues assured the Registrar’s staff that we are committed to maintaining and stocking “Voter Registration Boxes full of Voter Registration Forms.”  This includes some income for the participating Alameda County Leagues.  LWVBAE typically receives between $800 – $1,000 a year to support our local voter services activities.  As a part of that contract, LWVBAE is committed to maintaining 30 boxes in Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville.  At our January 11, 2016 meeting, we will review our current locations and the folks that keep the boxes full.  We need volunteers to make this a reality.

Mark your calendar for January 11, 2016 to attend the Voter Services Team Meeting at 10:30 am at the LWVBAE Office.  There are many other items on our agenda to talk about in order to make Election Year 2016 a success!!

Please contact Phyllis Gale at 510-508-4389
or at voterservices@lwvbae.org

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