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LWV-CA Meets Online to Elect Officers, Update Public on Voting Information

In the 100 years since the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Texas was formed, 35 women from every corner of Texas have served as president of the statewide organization. One of them is LWV of the Comal Area’s Darlene Hicks, center. Standing next to her are charter members Gloria Suarez Sasser, left, and Jan Estes, right. Jan. 19 2020 image courtesy of LWV-CA.

The League of Women Voters of the Comal Area (LWV-CA) says the coronavirus can’t separate its members from their core mission of empowering voters and defending democracy.

The advocacy group met online on May 13 to elect officers, approve a 2020-21 budget and discuss ideas for voter empowerment and education.

On Aug. 26, the LWV will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees all American women the right to vote.

“None of our planned events are happening at the same time or in the same way,” said LWV-CA President Roxanna Deane. “But as we navigate this new life, we must remember that though we are separated physically, we are still connected to the League’s mission of empowering voters and defending democracy.”

Other 2020-21 officers elected last week include Vice President for Voter Services Ada Conlan, Vice President for Organization Connie Born, Vice President for Program Daphne Spraitzar, Secretary Sandi Parks, Treasurer Peggy Ornelas, Publicity Director Jerrie Champlin, Youth Empowerment Director Janyth Fredrickson and Membership Director Gloria Suarez Sasser.

Upcoming Primary Runoffs/Voter-Registration Deadlines

LWV-CA reminds voters that Texas Primary Runoffs are now scheduled for Tuesday, July 14. Early voting runs from June 29-July 10.

The deadline to register to be eligible to vote in the runoff election is Monday, June 15.

Applications for mail-in ballots are available at VoteTexas.gov or can be requested by calling the local elections office. Applications must be received by Thursday, July 2.

Texas does not have online registration; however, citizens can print a registration form from the Secretary of State website VoteTexas.gov, fill it out, sign and mail to their local elections office.

LWV-CA says voters who do not have printers at home can visit register2vote.org, which will print forms and mail them to residents along with a stamped envelope to submit them in. Signed forms should be mailed to Comal County Election Office, 396 N. Seguin Avenue, New Braunfels, TX 78130.

Guadalupe County residents should mail their completed forms to Guadalupe County Elections Office, 215 S. Milam, Seguin, Texas 78155; or in Bexar County to Bexar County Election Office, 1103 S. Frio, Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78207.

Voters can also check their registration status on the VoteTexas.gov site to ensure that their address and other information is current.

Voter Services

Conlan said thanks to the coronavirus, LWV-CA cannot currently use traditional venues, like tables in public spaces, to provide hands-on information and printed materials.

“We are working to get information to the public about how they can register and vote in delayed elections,” she said. “At VOTE411.org, voters can find information on delayed elections, how to register or update their registration, links to other election information specific to their location, and before each election, the League’s nonpartisan Voter’s Guide.  We are gathering information and sending questions to all the candidates so that voters will have information before early voting begins for the Texas Primary Runoffs in July and for the November elections.”

About LWV-CA

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. LWV never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties.  For more information, to join or to donate go to lwvcomal.org.

Additional information is available on the group’s Facebook page.


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