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Date: 7/20/2021
Subject: July 20, 2021 News Update
From: LWV of La Crosse

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July 20, 2021 News Update

 A Message from the Board...
updates from members of the LWVLA Board of Directors

Upcoming League Events...
the who, what, where, when, and how to attend LWVLA events 
Speaking of Democracy
Join the Conversation with LWVLA Book Club

Monday, July 26
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Killers of the Flower Moon:
The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
David Grann
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
Then, one by one, they began to be killed off.... A true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.
All Are Welcome!
Save the Date: Outdoor Meeting in August!
More information coming soon.

19th Amendment Centennial Closing Celebration
Sept. 2, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Invitation arriving next week.

Voting News...
information about ballot access, election law, and voting rights
LWVLA President Robin Schmidt 
 Joins the La Crosse County Redistricting Committee
The LWVLA has been invited to participate in the La Crosse County Redistricting Committee, whose first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 20th. Robin Schmidt, the LWVLA President, has agreed to participate in this committee and will bring her commitment to fair maps and experience in working on redistricting efforts in 2010 while she served as an elected official in Dane County.

District 3 Voters Encouraged
to Participate in the Redistricting Process
League member Leslie Wegener recently urged voters in the 3rd congressional district to visit the People's Maps Commission website to contribute their ideas about how our new district maps should be drawn.
Her July 7 letter to the editor is reprinted below:
A majority of Wisconsinites - and experts - agree that our state’s current voting maps are badly gerrymandered. But 2021 is the year we can change that. This is the year new voting maps are produced based on new census data. And now is the time for residents of the 3rd Congressional District to get involved.

When district boundaries are drawn to achieve and preserve political advantage, community interests suffer. When communities are split arbitrarily, political voices are diluted. This has happened in villages, towns, counties and school districts all over the state.

Governor Evers formed a People’s Maps Commission (PMC) to create nonpartisan maps for the Legislature to consider this redistricting cycle. The PMC wants to keep communities together, and it needs our help.

Between now and July 30, visit the PMC online ( and speak out about the community that matters to you: where you live, concerns you have, places of importance, boundaries to recognize. Let the PMC know what communities you think should be kept together and why.

After July 30, the Commission will use all the input received to develop fair maps for the next decade. And rather than dividing and conquering communities, their goal is to preserve identified communities of interest so elected officials are accountable to their constituents.

Taking part in this open and fair redistricting process has never been more important. After all, democracy is only as good as we choose to make it.
~Leslie Wegener, Stoddard

Get Involved...
opportunities to join one of our teams or to engage in issue advocacy
Upcoming training for volunteers:
July 20
6:30 PM CST 

Introduction to National Popular Vote

Learn how we currently elect the President and about our plan to elect the President by National Popular Vote. Electing the President by National Popular Vote is the only reform that makes every vote for President equal and guarantees that whichever candidate receives the most votes becomes the President. Join staff from National Popular Vote to learn how this legislation works, how close it is to reality, and how you can get involved.
July 26
6:00 PM CST

Debunking Most Common Myths About A National Popular Vote

We'll review the most common misconceptions that people have about electing the President by National Popular Vote with a focus on preparing attendees to respond to this opposition themselves. This is good for individuals who want to be better informed about the bill, and/or be better able to respond to these misconceptions on their own.
August 11
6:00 CST

Presenting on National Popular Vote

A walk through on how to use the National Popular Vote slideshow template and give presentations in your own community + discussion of the do’s and don’ts of talking about National Popular Vote.

Helpful for people who want to be as informed as possible when talking with their friends and family about National Popular Vote, and for people who might be presenting about National Popular Vote to a civic or community group.

LWVWI is hiring a Communication Manager:
The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is now accepting applications for a full time Communications Manager to join our team! Please find the position description posted on our website. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to for review.

LWVWI Request:
LWVWI is looking for volunteers to reach out to voters at risk of being removed from the rolls during the 4 year list maintenance process. In phase two of our outreach, we will be reaching out to the voters who have been removed and encouraging them to re-register. You can learn more about the 4 year list maintenance mailing and process here.

We have multiple opportunities to volunteer for this effort. People can use the links below to sign up for a text bank or a phone bank. We'd also appreciate your help spreading the word to recruit volunteers.

For Your Consideration...
local events, virtual events, viewing and reading suggestions that reflect the League's mission and priorities. Please send us your recommendations.

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PO Box 363
La Crosse, WI 54602