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LWV-CA Forges into Next Century of Voting with Massive Education Initiative

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LWV-CA Forges into Next Century of Voting with Massive Education Initiative

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League of Women Voters of the Comal Area joined members of 34 other local Texas leagues to celebrate the centennial of LWV of Texas in San Antonio last October.

League of Women Voters of the Comal Area (LWV-CA) is “forging into the next century of voting” with online voting guides, online candidate forums and online presentations about the challenges voters face at the polls on Nov. 3.

“We’re focused on providing nonpartisan information about how to vote safely, what’s on the ballot, and voting dates, times and locations to as many area voters as possible,” said LWV-CA Vice President for Voter Services Ada Conlan. “We’re targeting low-turnout areas and underrepresented communities as well as new voters in partnership with other nonpartisan community organizations to get out the message that their vote counts.”

LWV-CA President Roxanna Deane said Texas has removed the straight-party ticket option, and she also is concerned that new voting machines and mail-in ballots could confuse Comal voters.

“We want to provide each person the information they need to ensure that their vote is counted.”

Online Forums

LWV-CA will host an online session about these concerns from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 on Zoom. The meeting ID is 899 8656 3219. Password is 270440. The meeting also will stream on the LWV-CA Facebook page and will be recorded for viewing later.

The group also will record a series of 11 online candidate forums scheduled for Sept. 14 to Sept. 23. Each features a single, local-contested race. Expected to appear are candidates for Texas House Districts 73 and 44; Comal County commissioners; New Braunfels ISD; Seguin mayor and city council; and Schertz city council.

For more details and links to all recorded session, visit lwvcomal.org.

National Voter Registraton Day

Conlan said league members will participate in National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 22,  setting up a ‘safe-distanced’ table  at the Comal County Elections Office, 396 N. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels.

LWV-CA also is working to register area high school students who are turning 18.

Reaching Low-Turnout Areas

In late September and early October, LWV-CA will partner with the New Braunfels MLK Association, NAACP Seguin Branch, the New Braunfels Food Bank, New Braunfels LULAC Council 4217 and Seguin LULAC Council 682 to distribute nonpartisan voting information at community food banks and to low-turnout areas.

Voters Guide

The LWV-CA voters guide will post online after Oct. 3. The local Comal County Guide will be inserted in the Herald Zeitung. The Guadalupe County Guide will be inserted in the Seguin Gazette on Oct. 10.

Copies will be available at local libraries and food banks. Voters also can find nonpartisan election information and create a personalized ballot at VOTE411.org.

The League of Women Voters is a 501(c)3 nonpartisan educational organization that encourages the informed and active participation in government and influence public policy through education and advocacy.

 

1 Comments

  1. Leah Harcia September 10, 2020

    Excellent information and opportunities for everyone to get involved. If you know of voters turning 18 prior to the election, share this information. Young voters are the least likely to vote in many parts of the country. Share with your HOA’s and other organizations do the information can get to the most people.

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