Attention: Opelika Residents

On August 23rd, make a plan to vote in the Opelika Municipal Elections!

Contested races are as follows:

               Mayor: Gary Fuller (Incumbent)

                            County Commissioner John Andrew Harris (Challenger)

               Ward 1: Patsy Jones (Incumbent)

                             Greg Jones (Challenger)

               Ward 2: Larry Gray (Incumbent)

                              Tiffany Gibson-Pitts (Challenger)

                              Nelson Marsh (Challenger)

                              Oscar Penn (Challenger)

Wards 3, 4, and 5 are uncontested and the incumbents (Dozier Smith T, Eddie Smith, and David Canon, respectively) have been re-elected. Voters in these wards should still cast a ballot for mayor.

****Make sure you are registered! Go to AlabamaVotes.gov to check/update your registration.***

Absentee Ballots: If you are unable to vote on August 23rd, you may obtain/return an absentee ballot from the City Clerk’s Office as follows:

  1. Beginning on August 9th, stop by City Hall (204 South 7th Street) in person or call (334) 705-5110 to have one mailed (or emailed) to you. The last day to request an absentee ballot is August 18th.
  2. Fill out the information and ballot by following the instructions carefully.
  3. Return the ballot by hand delivering it to the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall no later than 4:30pm on August 22 or by mailing it to City of Opelika, c/o  Bob Shuman,  P.O. Box 390,  Opelika, Alabama 36803. If you mail it, ballots must be received by noon on August 23rd. You must allow enough time for it to arrive by the deadline so mail it as early as possible. Do not wait!

WARD LOCATIONS (Find yours here!)

Ward no.1  Covington Community Center (213 Carver Ave.)

Ward no.2  Opelika Learning Center (formerly the Old Jeter School; 214 Jeter Ave.)

Ward no.3  Opelika Community Center (1102 Denson Dr.)

Ward no.4  East Alabama Medical Center, Health Resource Center (2027 Pepperell Parkway)

Ward no.5  Opelika Sportsplex (1001 Andrews Road)


Media Coverage for the Candidates for House District 79

(Special Election/Republican Primary on September 13th)

Jay Conner, Republican

http://www.theplainsman.com:8080/article/2016/07/a-house-candidate-attacking-from-the-center

http://www.auburnvillager.com/news/republican-jay-conner-announces-run-for-house-district-seat/article_4e29a3dc-444a-11e6-89fc-97d4f201b19c.html

https://www.facebook.com/friendsofjayconner/?fref=ts

 Joe Lovvorn, Republican

http://www.theplainsman.com/article/2016/07/fourth-republican-announces-candidacy

http://www.oanow.com/news/auburn-firefighter-business-owner-is-fourth-candidate-to-announce-run/article_99bffaec-3d71-11e6-a9d0-fb7cbd3d8361.html

https://www.facebook.com/JoeLovvorn/?fref=ts

Brett Smith, Republican

http://friendsofbrettsmith.com/

https://www.facebook.com/brett.a.smith.520?fref=ts

http://www.oanow.com/news/third-candidate-announces-his-intention-to-run-for-house-district/article_9cb46ada-3c81-11e6-b5f3-0fc2ffd4338b.html

Sandy Toomer, Republican

http://www.electsandytoomer.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ElectSandyToomer/?fref=ts

http://www.oanow.com/news/auburn/toomer-confirms-he-s-running-for-hubbard-s-seat/article_2cf64870-35b6-11e6-a35f-77c9fb434b4c.html

Gage Fenwick, Libertarian

http://www.oanow.com/news/auburn/auburn-university-student-announces-run-for-house-district/article_6798da82-456b-11e6-b678-936073b284ba.html

http://www.auburnvillager.com/news/auburn-student-sets-sights-on-house-district-seat/article_f9e5bf88-49ce-11e6-839f-7bb977c25723.html

http://wrbl.com/2016/07/15/auburn-student-gage-fenwick-running-for-district-79-seat/


Register To Vote on Your Phone or Online!

  • Are you a US citizen?
  • Will you be 18 years old on or before election day?
  • Do you have a valid Alabama Driver's license or nondriving ID? *

If so, download the mobile app (Vote for Alabama) to quickly and easily register to vote for the first time or to update your current registration due to address or name change. You can also go to AlabamaVotes.gov to register online.

* If you have another valid ID such as an out-of-state license, click here to download a registration form. Mail it in to the Board of Registrars in your county (addresses found on Page 3 of the downloaded form).

Correct address = better voting experience!


Valid Photo Voter ID is Required to Vote: What Do I Need?

Bring one of the following valid (unexpired) photo IDs when you go to vote:

  • Valid Alabama Driver’s License (unexpired or no more than 60 days past expired)
  • Valid Alabama Nondriver ID
  • Valid Alabama Photo Voter ID Card (available for free if you do not possess one of the other valid IDs)
  • Valid State Issued ID (Alabama or any other state) (including unexpired driver's licenses from other states)
  • Valid Federal issued ID
  • Valid US passport
  • Valid Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County, Municipality, Board or other entity of this state
  • Valid student or employee ID from a public or private college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
  • Valid student or employee ID issued by a state institution of higher learning in any other state (does not include private universities in other states)
  • Valid Military ID
  • Valid Tribal ID

How To Obtain a Free Voter ID (if you do not possess a valid photo ID)

Fact Sheet: What you need to know to get a Photo Voter ID Card
Examples of Identity Documents to obtain a FREE Photo ID
Here is a copy of the booklet from the AlabamaVotes.gov that outlines the photo ID law.


Upcoming Elections

August 23 (Tuesday) - Opelika Municipal Elections Contested races include Mayor, Ward 1, and Ward 2. Polls will be open from 7am to 7pm. Find your polling place here. Register to vote or update your address by 8/8. Absentee ballots may be requested from 8/9 until 8/18. Contact Mr. R. G. "Bob" Shuman, CMC, Opelika City Clerk - Treasurer at (334) 705-5110 or RShuman@opelika-al.gov with questions.

September 13 (Tuesday) - House District 79 Primary Election Four Republicans are vying for the spot in the general election to fill the vacant seat formerly held by Rep. Mike Hubbard. Jay Conner, Joe Lovvorn, Brett Smith, and Sandy Toomer will be on the Republican ballot. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes, a run-off will be held on November 29th (general election would be moved to February 7, 2017). If one candidate does recieve a majority of the votes, that candidate will be on the general election ballot against any third party/independent/minority candidates who qualify by September 13th. Libertarian candidate Gage Fenwick has expressed interest in being on the November 29th ballot.

November 8 (Tuesday) - General Election for President of the United States, US Senators, US Representatives and others

November 29 (Tuesday) - House District 79 Election This election will be either the Republican Run-off or the General Election, depending on the results of the September 13th election.

February 7 (Tuesday) - House District 79 General Election, if necessary


Calendar of Events (Updated)

August 26 (Friday) - Women's Equality Day This year marks the 96th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment granting voting rights to all regardless of gender. The LWVEA plans to commemorate the day with an evening social (location/time TBA).

September 13 (Tuesday) - Selma: Bridge to the Ballot AU SPLC on Campus will show this powerful movie in the Student Center Ballroom with guest speaker Ronald Smith, lead trainer of the nonviolence conflict and reconciliation training recently held in Selma. He was trained by Bernard Lafayette, Jr. (Doc) who worked directly with Martin Luther King, Jr., and agreed to carry on his mission to institutionalize the practice of nonviolence. 

September 14 (Wednesday), October 24 (Monday), and November 14 (Monday) - AU SPLC on Campus will be partnering with the prison arts program, the Provost, and the Common Book Program to host a film screening and lecture series on incarceration. More information to follow.

Upcoming Voter Registration Events

"One Voter, One Star" - The LWVEA has a goal of registering at least 1000 voters before November 2016. We have twenty American flags printed out and we add one star for every voter we help to register or update their address. We also develop and distribute citizen & voter educational materials. Click here to volunteer for a Voter Registration Event.

August 11 (Thursday) - Auburn University New Faculty and GTA Orientation LWVEA members will be at the Student Center 2222/2223 from 11:45am-1pm to register Auburn's new faculty members and GTAs! Stop by to register to vote in Alabama, to update your address, or to get information about local/state elections.Location may be changed and we will update if necessary.

Septmber 5 (Monday) - Old Seale Russell County Courthouse Labor Day Fair The LWVEA will be on hand to register voters in the area. Check here for more information.

September 13 (Tuesday) - Selma: Bridge to the Ballot AU SPLC on Campus will show this powerful movie in the Student Center Ballroom with guest speaker Ronald Smith. LWVEA members will be on hand to register voters and provide information about the general electino on November 8th.

September 27 (Tuesday) - National Voter Registration Day Members of the LWVEA will be participating again this year! Locations and times TBA.

On-going - Area senior living and retirement communities The LWVEA will be visiting local senior living and retirement communities in the area. Updating addresses is an inportant part of our work.

On-going - Local high school and university registration drives We are always looking for more events to add to our schedule. Let us know if you have an event where we can participate.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! We know your time is valuable. Voter registration events are a great way to give back to the community with very little time commitment from you. Email Kristen at president@lwv-eastalabama.org for more information on volunteer opportunities or if you have a suggestion for an event.


The LWVEA panel on Human Trafficking in Alabama was held on Monday, March 21st, in the Fellowship Hall of the Auburn First Baptist Church. More than 50 interested citizens attended to hear more about this important issue. The panelists included the following:

  • Dr. Arianne Gaetano (AU Dept. Of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work)
  • Ms. Lisa Stephens (Domestic Violence Intervention Center)
  • Rev. Dr. Katherine Martin (Retired Social Worker)
  • Ms. Jessica Ventiere (Assistant District Attorney, Lee County DA’s Office)

For more information about combatting human trafficking, see the following resources:


Wish you knew more about what's going on during Alabama's current legislative session? The League of Women Voters of Alabama keeps citizens informed with a Legislative Report of issues of importance to the League. This report includes information like bill sponsors, text of the bill and legislation status. Check it out! http://www.lwval.org/takeaction/legreport2016/


Online Voter Registration in Alabama is here (Citizens must meet certain requirements and must have a valid Alabama Driver's License or valid Alabama Non-Driving ID Card)


LWVEA Awarded Education Grant to Continue Youth Voter Registration Efforts in Lee and Macon Counties; Partnering with Auburn University's Chapter of the SPLC

We are so thrilled to announce that the League of Women Voters Education Fund has awarded LWVEA a pass-through grant to support our voter registration activities. This grant will fund our program to register high school seniors in Lee and Macon County this spring and early fall! We are excited to work with the AU Chapter of the Southern Poverty Law Center to double our efforts here in East Alabama. Read about us here! UPDATE: On February 9th, LWVEA and SPLC on Campus volunteers visited Opelika High School and registered more than 90 students!


   Lilly Ledbetter, Women's Equality Day 2015

Lilly Ledbetter was the special guest of the LWVEA for Women's Equality Day 2015. Read more in the Plainsman and in the O-A News.


New Alabama Voter Registration Forms are available. In order to have a positive voting experience, the first step is to register or update your registration if you have moved.


Read Charlotte Ward's remembrances of the LWV of East Alabama (originally known as the LWV of Auburn)


Guide To Your Government 2016 is here!

This guide has contact information for Auburn and Opelika city council members, Lee County commissioners, state legislators, members of Congress, as well as much more information. Once the file is opened, you will need to zoom in for easier viewing. Please let us know if the links for emails and websites do not work. Your representatives are waiting to hear from you!


Photo Voter ID Law: Documents from the LWV of Alabama
Fact Sheet: What you need to know to get a Photo Voter ID Card
Examples of Identity Documents
Here is a copy of the booklet from the Alabama Secretary of State that outlines the new photo ID law.


2016 Guide to Your Government
This is our comprehensive guide to contact information for local, state and federal governments.


Past LWVEA Voters:  

January 2015

September 2014    August 2014

March 2014       February 2014
January 2014   November 2013
October 2013   September 2013  
August 2013    July 2013


 Tailgate @ the Library
 
The LWVEA is all set to register voters at the Draughon Library on the Auburn campus! This looks GREAT!!!
 
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We Need Your Help!
The LWVEA now has active Facebook and Twitter accounts that already have posts and tweets. We need you to go to these sites and "Like" or "Follow" the LWVEA to increase our public presence and to join in the dialogue.

We also need suggestions of who/what to follow.  The LWVEA is already following several news outlets, local politicians and other Leagues but we can always add more! Send a message to 
@lwveastal to make suggestions.

Go to AlabamaVotes.gov to register online.

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