Power the Vote Discussion Series: Defining the Next 100 Years kick-off Rescheduled for 08/17/2020

We are excited to announce that the Women Power the Vote Discussion Series: Defining the Next 100 Years kick-off has been rescheduled for Monday, August 17, 2020, at 1 p.m. EDT. LWVUS Chief Executive Officer Virginia Kase will sit down with LWVUS President Deborah Turner for a one-hour discussion on what lies ahead for democracy in America, and how all women can be active participants.  

This powerful discussion will examine how women voters can better elevate the voices and perspectives of women of color, how we can protect current voting rights while continuing to expand access, and what role we all play in the racial justice movement.   

Graphic announcing the event with the Women Power the Vote logo

As we approach the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18, LWVUS will dig into the work we need to do over the next 100 years to ensure fair elections with participation by all, particularly those who have been marginalized in the past. 

This conversation will be streamed live on the LWVUS Facebook page and will include a live question and answer portion to provide an opportunity for viewers across the country to pose questions through social media.

Viewers are encouraged to share the event on Facebook with your followers and to use the hashtag #WomenPowertheVote when participating in the discussion on social media.

We hope you’ll join us on Monday, August 17!

Listen & Learn with Black & Pink

Join us to learn about local group Black & Pink (an organization supporting LGBTQIA2S+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS impacted by the prison industrial complex) & the work of Dominique Morgan locally and nationally.

Join us on August 11th @ 12:30 PM to learn about Omaha-based organization, Black & Pink, which supports LGBTQIA2S+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS impacted by the prison industrial complex. Dominique Morgan, Black & Pink’s Executive Director, will speak about their work both locally and nationally.
Join us again on August 18th @ 12:30 PM for a Black & Pink panel conversation about LGBTQIA2S+ experiences with the Criminal Legal System.

INFORMACIÓN DE ELECCIONES GENERALES

Como ciudadano de los Estados Unidos de América usted tiene el derecho a participar en el proceso político Votar es la manera más ponderosa de influenciar nuestro futuro así como el futuro de sus hijos y el de sus seres queridos quienes no pueden hablar por sí mismos.  ¡Vota!

Usted es elegible para votar si usted:

  1. Es ciudadano de EE.UU.
  2. Tiene por lo menos 18 años de edad, o cumple los 18 para el día de la elección General (3 de noviembre) 
  3. Un ex convicto después 2 años de haber completado la sentencia total incluyendo el período de libertad vigilada o libertad condicional y un período d supervisión después de haber salido de la cárcel (un delito menor o pasar tiempo en la cárcel no le limita a un ciudadano su elegibilidad para votar).

Información el condado de Douglas y Sarpy

LWVNE Supports Independent Redistricting

In the midst of COVID-19, the League of Women Voters of Nebraska (LWVNE) has:

  • Expanded voter education to all 93 counties in Nebraska through Vote411.org
  • Promoted vote-by-mail (early voting) for Nebraska’s May 12 primary election — which resulted in a RECORD voter turnout!
  • Initiated People Powered Fair Maps in Nebraska to produce maps that are non-partisan, fair and truly representative of the population of each district.

With People Powered Fair Maps, the LWVNE has advocated for district boundaries that put our communities, and not the needs of politicians, first. The LWVNE supported legislation intended to create a process with more safeguards to prevent partisan manipulation of voting district lines. In the 2020 legislative session, Sen. John McCollister’s bill, LB1207, included more citizen input and review, but never made it to the floor for debate.

With the support of the national League of Women Voters’ People Powered Fair Maps, the LWVNE launched a new website to give Nebraskans the tools for understanding redistricting and real-life examples of gerrymandering in Nebraska’s legislative history. Visit fairmapsne.org — a resource for students, teachers, voters and community groups — to find a PowerPoint course and quiz on redistricting, news articles, and links to informative websites on redistricting and gerrymandering. Please share the site with your contacts on social media!

In March 2020, the LWVNE joined forces with Nebraskans for Independent Redistricting, a coalition of organizations, to initiate a ballot petition that would amend Nebraska’s constitution to create an Independent Commission responsible for redrawing district lines. 130,000 face-to-face signatures must be gathered from 52 counties and submitted to the Secretary of State by July 2 so the initiative can appear on the ballot for the Nov. 3 general election. Empower voters, defend democracy and add your signature when you see the petition bearers.

Sincerely,
Carol Dennison, Kate High, Sherry Miller & Sheri St. Clair
LWVNE Fair Maps Committee

Your 2020 Guide to Helping Others Register to Vote in Nebraska

Here’s everything you need to know to take the next step in your activism, by helping others register to vote for the Nov. 3, 2020 election. Candide Villard from the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha and Civic Nebraska’s Brad Christian-Sallis with key information for protest organizers interested in registering voters at events. 

Visit civicnebraska.vote for more info.

LWVUS Responds to Police Killing of George Floyd

WASHINGTON – The League of Women Voters of the United States issued the following statement in reference to the murder of George Floyd:
The League of Women Voters grieves the murders of George Floyd and the countless other Black lives that have been tragically taken at the hands of rogue law enforcement officers who are rarely held fully accountable for their actions. We also mourn those who have lost their lives or been harmed, mentally or physically, as a result of America’s pervasive culture of anti-blackness. The systems of oppression that have perpetuated the myth of white supremacy in our country must be dismantled if we are ever to become the nation we pledge to be—indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. As an organization whose mission is to empower voters and defend democracy, we stand in solidarity with all Black communities. The League shall do so not only by speaking out against racism in all forms, but by doing the work required of us to be anti-racist. We are committed to listening to and amplifying Black voices, and educating ourselves and our children on the historic and ongoing systemic racism that plagues this country.
The League acknowledges, painfully, that America is a nation founded on racism. Therefore, all who live in this country must contribute to and participate in organizations actively working to achieve full liberation and inclusive freedom. We must all advocate for anti-racist policies at every level of government. We join the League of Women Voters of Minnesota in calling on law enforcement officials to provide transparency during this investigation, and to seek justice for George Floyd, his family, and his community. Finally, we echo the call of our partners at the NAACP: we must all vote in November – the road to change lies at the ballot box.

Go Vote, Omaha! Polls Open 8-8 Today

Today, May 12, 2020, is Election Day! If you haven’t already voted in the 2020 primary election, polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. across the state.

Find your polling location — please note that many have changed for this election due to COVID-19 concerns — by entering your address on this secure website: votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/voterview. And check out the Secretary of State’s tips for staying safe while voting.

Our Douglas County voters’ guide is available via our website and on Vote411.org.

2020 Primary Voters’ Guide: Omaha Public School Board, District 9

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha contacts candidates during each election cycle and invites them to participate in the print and online editions of the Voters’ Guide. Candidates provide their biographical information and their positions on selected issues. Candidates are aware in advance that the biographies and answers will be printed exactly as submitted without edits for content, spelling, punctuation or grammar.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that never supports or opposes any political party or candidate for office.

PDF of 2020 Primary Douglas County Voters’ Guide | Find voter information specific to your ballot at vote411.org.

The primary election is May 12. Find out more about voting by mail: Extensive guide | Quick video guide

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Candidates

Tracy Casady (D):
Occupation: Human Resource Specialist
Current Public Office, dates held: Omaha Public Schools Board of Education, Subdistrict 9
Education: Master of Arts, Communication – University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2012; Bachelor of Arts, Journalism/Public Relations, Creighton University 1997
Volunteer Experience: Relay for Life of Greater Omaha, volunteer Girls on the Run, Run Buddy

Erik Servellon (D): No response received.

Kay Wainwright (R): No response received.

Candidate Responses

How can schools use technology to foster better equity and educational outcomes?

Tracy Casady: Technology is key in our schools for so many reasons and is an area that is constantly changing. Having the right technology and continuing to keep the technology up-to-date is critical. Our schools use technology each day to teach students and prepare them for the future and any career they may choose – technology is everywhere. Technology is for everyone, it has no bias and it does not discriminate. Technology is key to providing ALL students the best possible educational outcome.

What can be done to ensure the safety of students and teachers in our schools?

Tracy Casady: Safety has become an issue that is much larger than it once was with regard to our schools. Now, we face safety concerns in every facet of our schools, from the front door to our playgrounds. Many positive steps have been taken to increase the safety of our students and staff. Ensuring that our budgets allow for funding for new technology that supports safety, such as video security devices for our entrances, SRO’s in our most vulnerable schools and building security personnel, to name a few.

What role, if any, should charter schools have in the Nebraska educational system?

Tracy Casady: I am in favor of school choice and parents making the best choice for their family. Charter schools are a viable choice for many, but they are at a cost. Public schools are free, they are available to all and are a wonderful education choice! I believe that state and local taxes must continue to support our state’s public schools. Our public schools are vital and necessary for so many who would otherwise not be able to afford an education. Public schools need continued financial support.