Restoring Your Right To Vote
ACLU of Iowa has recently updated their flyer for those convicted of a felony or aggravated assault and who would like to restore their voting rights. Click the following link to reach the site:
Regaining Your Right to Vote
David Osterberg Presentation on Iowa Water Quality giving at LWVIA Council 2014 in Coralville, Iowa on May 17, 2014. Click HERE to view.
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Fire-EMS State Study
LWVIA Convention 2013 adopted Fire-EMS to pursue as a State Study.
It will take some time to organize the committee working on this study and time to make information available to Local Leagues about their part in the study. Another study from National will also be pursued during this coming
year. The National Study will be an update of the LWVUS position on Agriculture, including study of genetically modified produce. We will be sending Local Leagues specifics on this study as the material becomes available.
If you wish to join the planning of the Fire-EMS study, please contact
Mike Coveyou, (515) 314-3730(515) 314-3730 or email@example.com
Please click here to view the Fire-EMS Study.
Branstad's Water Quality Veto was Disappointing
The League of Women Voters of Iowa adopted Water Quality Improvement as a priority for the 2014 Legislative Session. While Voting Issues are always a top priority for League, members felt water quality was a statewide issue that needed to be addressed. League members wrote letters, made phone calls and spent days at the Capitol sharing their concerns about Iowa's precious resources and especially water quality. We were so pleased that bipartisan hard work at the Capitol resulted in REAP (Resource Enhancement and Protection) funding of 25 million to commemorate the 25 years has been in existence. It was a real surprise and disappointment to see that on May 30, 2014, Governor Branstad chose to use the line item veto to slash the REAP program by a third to $16 million. He completely vetoed the rest of the proposed appropriations, amounting to a cut of $11.2 million in money for water quality and conservation programs under the Department of Agriculture. Iowa was prepared to make serious improvements in water quality but will now be stalled. The League works for all Iowans to make water quality improvement a reality and calls for support of environmental organizations to make it happen.
Bonnie Pitz, President, League of Women Voters of Iowa
Important League Dates!
LWVIA Board Meeting-August 2, 2014-Cedar Rapids, Iowa contact Tina Pace firstname.lastname@example.org if attending
Officer Training and Update 2014-August 23, 2014-Marshalltown Community College-Hwy 14 South of Marshalltown
Issues Briefing 2014-September 20, 2014-Marshalltown Community Library, Marshalltown, Iowa
Take Action: Tell Congress to Fix the Voting Rights Act.
Concerns about Photo Voter ID In Iowa
Voter ID is expensive, unnecessary and disenfranchises citizens......
In a League of Women Voters survey of Iowa County Auditiors, there were no incidences of voter problems that would have been prevented or resolved by a photo ID. National surveys show the same result. There simply is no problem that Photo ID will address.
Voter ID creates unnecessary barriers to voting......
Think about thos you know who do not have a driver's license, your neightbor who is disabled, family members in care centers, friends who do not drive, students wo do not have a driver's license in this state. LWVUS research shows that 3.2 million voter (11% of voters in Voter ID states) have been affected by Voter ID laws.
Free photo Voter IDs are not really free......
The estimated cost to implement Photo ID in Iowa would be $1,700,000. Where would the money come from? Roads, Education Additional Taxes? Other costs would invlude lost work time, transportation costs, costs of obtaining supporting documents. Bithe cerfificates can be provided at no charge, but what about persons moving here from other states or elderly citizens who were born at home? Delays in arranging for ID will certainly leave some voters out of elections.
- Photo Voter ID puts barriers between citizens and their right to vote.
- Photo Voter ID is expensive--wasting Iowa dollars.
If your local league would like to request a speaker to talk about Voter ID contact Myrna Loehrlein at email@example.com
will allow you to go directly to polling place lookup and relevant election laws by state.
The LWVIA is pursuing an online Voter Guide with the help of LWVUS. We expect to have that up and running by late June after the primaries in Iowa. The Voter Guide will include the candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and the US Senate. Local Leagues will be sponsoring the VOTE411 information for House of Representatives, Districts One through Four.
Questions for Legislators
The League of Women Voters of Iowa chose to make only one issue a top priority this year. Appropriate for an election year following the US Supreme Court's rejection of a major civil rights decision, voting rights will be the League's top priority as we begin the 2014 legislative session and move into the 2014 mid-term elections. All other issues are not in any order or priority, but nearly all have been long standing priorities integral to our core mission. Local leagues should feel free to focus on those issues most important to your local members. Upon completion of your forum, we ask that you submit your answers electronically using our online interview response form at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/LWVIA.
As you attend legislative forums or meet with your state legislators, do use the form linked here to help you form your questions:
2014 Legislative Forum Questions
For a comprehensive listing of all the resources that were available in the 2013 Issues Briefing Packet, go to the Publications page here.