The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
We are often reminded of the unique nonpartisan role the League plays during an election season. Traffic to our http://www.Vote411.org website as well as a flood of phone inquiries are good indicators that the public looks to the League as a reliable source for information. Voter Service Director Jo Singer did a masterful job including election information on a 411 website covering the longest ballot in recent memory.
We are especially pleased with the impact of the information on our website--http://www.lwvnashville.org-- explaining the roles of Tennessee's three levels of appellate courts along with the process for selection and retention of our appellate judges. Additional thanks to Melissa Holden, Barbara Gay, and Barbara Devaney for speaking to community groups about these important topics. We appreciate all of our League members who worked on this key election issue to keep Tennessee courts fair and nonpartisan.
With the August primary behind us, we are moving on to preparations for the November 2014 elections.
The ballot will include four amendments to the Tennessee constitution dealing with:
1. Limitations to reproductive freedom
2. The process by which appellate judges are selected
3. A permanent ban on state income tax
4. Permission for veteran's groups to conduct lotteries
The LWVTN Action Committee, in coalition with other statewide organizations that share our policy priorities on these issues, will be developing resources to educate the public on the important implications of these amendments for Tennesseans. Meanwhile, LWVN also will be hosting forums and programs in Nashville on these topics. Be sure to come to our First Friday program on September 5 at Second Harvest Food Bank when the topic is Amendment 1 regarding reproductive freedom.
And, of course, voter registration activities have already started in anticipation of the November elections. Jo Singer and Ethel Detch registered voters at Glenn Elementary School Community Outreach and the West Nashville Night Out Against Crime event this month. New requests from other community groups are coming in, so please be on the lookout for "Volunteer Opportunities" alerts with times and places that you can help register new voters.
Lastly, if you haven't had a chance yet, please renew your LWVN membership now at http://lwvnashville.org/Join_LWV.html and return your interest survey. Regardless of your level of involvement, your membership is greatly appreciated and helps amplify our message.
League of Women Voters of Nashville
Consistent Voter Services
League members can impact the election process by volunteering to help educate the citizens of the community and provide opportunities for voter registration. Voter education and voter registration opportunities are continuous but peak during election years. Get involved by:
League members can impact public policy by educating the public about issues important to good government and community well-being, and advocating for League positions on key issues. Because we live in the state capital, Nashville League members work on both local and state issues. We also answer calls to action from the LWVUS when issues are pending in Congress. Whatever your interests, you can get involved!
Specifically, the League advocates for access to health care; education to prepare students for responsible citizenry and the economy of the future; good stewardship of our natural resources; election processes that are fair and secure; and ethics and transparency in government. League members interested in issue advocacy can participate by: