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Advocacy Corps Issues Status of Significant Legislation LWVDE Addressed in 2019

With several new legislators joining the General Assembly in 2019, the first year of the two-year 150th Session was a busy one. The Advocacy Corps was pleased with the number of bills enacted that we supported and disappointed with that a some did not see final passage this year. However, pending bills remain on the docket for consideration in 2020.

A report on the bills we addressed, based on LWVUS or LWVDE policy positions, that we considered to be most significant are reported here. You can click on the blue underlined bill numbers to go to the Legislative website for details on each bill.

LWVDE Produces New Civics Videos

The League of Women Voters of Delaware proudly presents a series of civics videos now posted on YouTube, entitled, "We're the WE in "We the People" at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiaEJ_2n3fmqJwi9MnvSLcg.

Described as a crash course on government for those who have never had a civics course and a brush-up course for those who have but need to be reminded why it matters, it features 7 segments on the Federal Constitution and 3 on the Delaware Constitution.

Funded in part by Delaware Humanities, the videos were produced by Carol D. Jones of the LWVDE; Janet Orlando and Martha Rothenberg of the LWVSC served as technical advisors. It features guest lecturer, Dr. Cynthia Newton, Associate Professor at Wesley College.

Martha Rothenberg provided invaluable help in setting it up on YouTube. We hope you view at least some of the segments and we want to hear what you think about them. Please send feedback to: sundiallee@aol.com.

This Way to the Voting Booth

The League has issued an updated brochure, This Way to the Voting Booth. It can be printed out in color or black and white and gives you just about everything you need to know about registering and voting in Delaware. Find it here.

League Day in Dover Big Success!

The outstanding program featured Elections Commissioner Elaine Manlove on voting bills and the new voting machines that will be used for school board elections in May; Drew Wilson, Delaware's representative from the national organization promoting the National Public Vote Interstate Compact; John Sykes on how the state's current Regional Portfolio Standards need to be updated to impprove our ability to achieve inroads into climate change; and Representative Valerie Longhurst on the need and considerations going into her plans for a bill to address water infrastructure needs throughout the state.

Special arrangements were made for several meetings with legislators in the afternoon at Legislative Hall and a large number of League members met with them.

In addition, attendees were invited to the signing ceremony for the National Public Vote Interstate Compact where Julie Price, LWVDE's advocate on this legislation, spoke right before Governor Carney signed the bill.

Watch for more details and photos to follow.

SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES NOW ON LINE ON VOTE411

Click on Vote411 for an informative, current, online guide pertaining to school board elections coming up on May 14.

You can also find general election information and registration and voting in general in the State of Delaware.

NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE EXPLAINED

HOW SHOULD OUR PRESIDENT BE ELECTED?

Do you believe that the presidential candidate who gets the most votes, nationwide, should win the election and not lose it because of the Electoral College? The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is a way of getting around the unfairness of our current system without actually abolishing it. The U.S. Constitution allows states to apportion their electoral votes as they see fit. States who join the compact agree to give their votes to the candidate who has won the popular vote, nationally. The Compact will only go into effect when enough states join that they represent at least 270 electoral votes.

Senators Bryan Townsend, Harris McDowell and Anthony Delcollo sponsored a National Popular Vote bill (SB 22) in the Delaware Senate. Representative David Bentz was the prime sponsor in the House and numerous other Senators and Representatives were cosponsors. The bill passed the House with all but two Democrats (Bush and Carson) voting no, along with all the Republicans. In the Senate, Republican Senators Anthony DelCollo and Catherine Cloutier joined all the Democrats to vote yes.

The bill has been sign by Governor Carney on March 28, 2019 with attendees from League Day in Dover watching.

Here is our Position Paper with more details.

UPDATED LOBBY HANDBOOK NOW ONLINE

Go here to see the UPDATED LWV Lobby Handbook that will help you advocate for the issues that concern you.

Membership Uptick!!

The League of Women Voters is experiencing a surge of new blood, new resources, and new energy. But it is the League's "old" values that are attracting new members. Read the profile of our organization in Who What Why.

JOIN Our Social Media Communities!

The League of Women Voters of Delaware has joined the League of Women Voters U.S. and other Leagues around the nation in social media conversations taking place on Facebook and Twitter. These online communities share news from across the state and country. Our Delaware pages features "fast facts" about the league as well as calendar items and photos of League members who are involved in community events.

Our Facebook page was started October 30, 2013 by Sussex League member Janet Orlando. Our Twitter page was started October 23, 2013 by New Castle League member Diane Maxwell. The League of Women Voters U. S. is one of our followers and has already "retweeted" one of our "fast facts" posts!

To join Facebook, simply click on Facebook or go to <http://www.facebook.com>, search for the League of Women Voters of Delaware, and send us a "friend" request. To follow us on Twitter, click on Twitter or go to <http://www.twitter.com>, follow the instructions for joining, and then search for @lwvde and "follow" us!

Diane Maxwell and Mary Eggars, Public Relations Co-Chairs, LWVDE.

LWVDE Compliance with Delaware Law

Effective Immediately: for Board of Directors' Action to be taken on an issue, electronic votes MUST be unanimous with every board member voting and each person's vote must be recorded and appear in the minutes of the next Board meeting. This will ensure compliance with Delaware law.

League of Women Voters' 99th Year

This year marks the League's 99th year. Click here to read about the history of the LWV!

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