South San Mateo County

South San Mateo County

Atherton • East Palo Alto • Menlo Park • Portola Valley 
Redwood City • Woodside

Be Informed   •  Be Active  •  Be Democracy in Action

 

The League of Women Voters works to empower voters, build participation in the democratic process, increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influence public policy through education and advocacy.  We never support or oppose candidates or political parties.

Our League's Primary Community Efforts

  • Registering voters
  • Moderating local
    candidate forums and debates
  • Conducting state proposition presentations
  • Providing voters with Election Voter Guides 

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Our first virtual LWVSSMC 2020 Annual Meeting! 

 

In case you missed the annual meeting:

The 66th annual meeting of the LWVSSMC came to order on June 10th and was attended by 60 members of our league. We enjoyed a two part program. On the business side of things, we approved a new housing position and heard details of the Voter Engagement grant we implemented before the March 3rd primary. We approved next year’s budget and elected new board members. 

Next we enjoyed Carol Jensen’s presentation on the fight for the 19th amendment. Her content was fascinating, rich, and on-point. If you missed anything, or could not be with us that night, the recording is below. The evening was fascinating. It wrapped up a big year of firsts, and set us up for another huge year to come. Conducting business by Zoom, not a problem! 

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Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.
Today More Than Ever! 

A Special Message from Virginia Kase, CEO - 
League of Women Voters

Dear Members,

This weekend, people from all over this country exercised their First Amendment rights as they protested the killing of George Floyd and the countless other Black lives that have been taken at the hands of police. We saw peaceful demonstrators take to the streets demanding change. We have seen people of every race, religion, and ethnic background stand and kneel in solidarity with the Black community with the same message – Black Lives Matter.

Please Continue Reading this Important Message

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LWV National

National LWV Call for Action
Demand a Hearing on For the People Act!

 

The For the People Act is a historic opportunity to expand voting rights, counter gerrymandering, improve election security, enact ethics reform, and limit the influence of big money in politics.  It just passed the House, but faces an uphill battle in the Senate.  

Please contact your senators right now to demand a hearing on the For the People Act.  
Go to http://www.lwv.org/take -action, scroll down to Demand a Hearing on For the People Act and click on Contact you Senators right now. It will ask for your street address and zip code, then automatically create emails for Senators Feinstein and Harris that you can send with just one click.

For those interested in more background, this is a bill with strong backing by the LWV. Specifically, the For the People Act:

  • Expands voter registration and voting access
  • Limits removing roters from voter rolls
  • Encourages states to establish independent, nonpartisan redistricting commissions
  • Makes Election Day a federal holiday
  • Sets forth provisions related to election security, such as protectingthe security of the voter rolls, supporting states in securing their election systems, and other provisionsto improve the cybersecurity of election systems
  • Addresses campaign spending, including by expanding the ban on foreign nationals contributing to or spending on elections; expanding disclosure rules pertaining to organizations spending money on campaign advertisements, and online platforms; and revising disclaimer requirements for political advertising. 
  • Requires candidates for President and Vice President to submit 10 years of tax returns.

Please contact your senators right now to demand a hearing on the For the People Act at https://www.lwv.org/take-action!

 
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Call to Action!

Declaration for American Democracy is a historic coalition of 150 organizations that have aligned to demand a democracy that serves the people. 

The coalition which was formed in 2018, includes groups from the labor, racial justice, faith, women’s rights, environmental, good government, and many other important communities. The League of Women Voters is part of this coalition.

Recently the coalition hosted a Town Hall meeting to encourage people to ask Congress for $4 billion from the next Covid 19 relief package to fund Vote by Mail for all in November, and other election accessibility issues.  

Watch the informative video on Facebook

Contact your Senator today - 1-888-415-4527

For more information on Declaration for American Democracy

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2020 Census - Everyone Counts!

2020 Census

Many of you have received your postcard invitation in the mail to complete the 2020 Census online - you received a code to use when completing your Census at 2020census.gov
 

Please respond to the 2020 Census  in one of the three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. And be sure to encourage your family members, friends, neighbors, collegues, and everyone you know to complete the 2020 Census. 
 

As of April 27th, San Mateo County leads in the State of California with a response rate of 63.9%!  Let's keep the momentum going!

Don't worry if you missed your invitation, there will be several  follow-up reminders, you can go online to complete your questionnaire at 2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020

 
Census Timeline

  • April 8 - 16 -- If household has not completed 2020 Census on-line, a paper form will be sent
  • April 20 - 27 - Final Reminder Postcards sent to those who have not completed 2020 Census
  • June 1 - If household has not completed 2020 Census on-line or in paper form, an in-person interview will occur 
  • October 31 - 2020 Census submission ends

Learn More About the Census

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From our Climate Change Adaptation Committee 

 

Adapting to Sea Level Rise:  The Bay Area Starts New Projects

The Bay Area will start seeing communities build structures to help protect them from rising ocean levels. 

Read More 

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Upcoming Events

Rebuilding Trust
Event Date: 
Jun 23 2020 - 3:00pm
Our League supports US convention session on Rebuilding Trust