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Encouraging Informed and Active Participation of Citizens in Government

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.

The following materials have been developed by the LWVTN Action Committee to aid League members and Tennessee voters during the August 7, 2014 state and federal primaries and county elections. The ballot will include appellate court judges and justices seeking to be retained for another term. The League at all levels favors fair and impartial courts and the related merit-based, nonpartisan selection of the judiciary and encourages members and voters to become informed and think critically about the role of judges in our constitutional system as well as the sources of information they are receiving. Please use this package of documents to become a more informed voter and share them widely with your family, friends, neighbors, and communities.

1. TENNESSEE RETENTION ELECTIONS EXPLAINED

2. HOW TO BE AN INFORMED VOTER

3. TENNESSEE RETENTION ELECTION FAQS

4. POWER POINT--TENNESSEE RETENTION ELECTIONS EXPLAINED

5. JUDGES AND JUSTICES ON THE AUGUST 7 BALLOT

6. FIND IT ON THE BALLOT

From Nashville's President...

August may seem like a sleepy time for elections, but this one is sure to have its share of drama with an array of county, state, and federal candidates. At the END of a long ballot facing voters August 7, those casting their ballot will find the judicial retention candidates for three of five Tennessee Supreme Court justices along with 20 of the state's appellate judges. LWV has always been an ardent supporter of an American judicial system that is FAIR, IMPARTIAL, and NONPARTISAN. Voters face a steep learning curve to understand the evaluation process currently in place for judges in Tennessee and how retention elections function. Fortunately, there are excellent, easy to understand resources posted on our website (http://lwvnashville.org/). Please share this link along with http://www.slideshare.net/lynnwms/tnretention- elections-explained with friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. The LWVTN Action Committee article "August 7, 2014--A Retention Election to Remember" from the June Voter also is reprinted at the end of this newsletter.

Once again, we will be posting information about all of the candidates on the Davidson County ballot at our http://www.vote411.org site. Thanks to members who sent us questions to ask the candidates in the various races. Candidates have the opportunity to provide unedited answers on this site and voters will be able to "build their own ballot" that can be printed out and used as a guide when they go to the polls. Voters will also be receiving a copy of August 7's extremely long ballot in the mail from the Davidson County Election Commission.

We will be providing information about these voter resources in the upcoming weeks at a number of community events, including two candidate forums at Casa Azafrán, 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville,
37211. Conexión Américas, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) and other partners will host a forum for candidates for the State Legislature on July 15 and a separate forum for Metro School Board candidates on July 17 (see LWVN Calendar). Thanks to Ethel Detch for distributing information at the Candidate Forum hosted on July 13 at Gordon United Methodist Church.

Community organizations are turning to LWVN for information about the upcoming election. Thanks to Melissa Holden, Barbara Devaney, and Barbara Gay for volunteering to speak to groups at FDIC, FiftyForward-Bellevue, and FiftyForward-Madison. Please be sure to indicate on your membership survey (mailing via USPS this week!) if you want to join our energetic LWVN Speakers Bureau.

Voter Service Director Jo Singer is looking for volunteers to help with a voter registration booth (for the November election) at the West Nashville Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday night, August 5. If you can help, please respond to lwvnash@gmail.com.

With so much going on, we know that you--as a member--will want to find lots of ways to be involved. Be on the lookout this month for your LWVN membership renewal information which will include the membership survey (mentioned above) so that we can best fit your interests and expertise to League issues and our increasing community work.

Debby Gould, President League of Women Voters of Nashville

GET INVOLVED WITH THE LEAGUE

WE NEED YOU TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE 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:

  • Planning and participating in candidate forums
  • Conducting voter registration drives at events such as the All About Women Conference and the Mayor's First Day of School Festival and assist other groups with drives
  • Speaking to groups on the voting process: community associations, schools, and GED classes
  • Working with others, such as the Tennessee Disability Coalition, to ensure access to the polls
  • Serving as poll observers on election days
  • Observing meetings of the Davidson County Election Commission
  • Monitoring and studying the election process
  • Supporting adequate resources for the election process

Strategic and Effective Issue Advocacy

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:

  • Educating our members and the community by writing articles in the Voter, submitting op-ed columns, or planning and conducting public forums
  • Advocating for League positions on critical issues by writing or talking to elected officials

The League is a grass roots organization, guided by positions adopted by its members at all three League levels--local, state, and national. To learn more about the issues identified and supported by members, go to our ISSUES Page.

Please tell us how you would like to become involved by calling (615) 297-7134 or sending an email to info@LWVNashville.org or president@LWVNashville.org

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To join the League, click here: Membership to jump to our membership page where you will find our on-line or mail-in membership options. As a member you can serve on one of our committees, volunteer to work a voter registration booth, organize a candidate debate, write letters to your elected officials, work at the polls, etc. We encourage you to let us know your interests and area(s) of expertise. There is plenty to be done and we welcome your participation!

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