Lilly Ledbetter was the special guest of the LWVEA for Women's Equality Day 2015. Read more here.
Calendar of 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.
November 12 (Thursday): Celebration of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's 200th Birthday (Beginning at 5PM in the newly reopened Zazu's on 8th Street in Opelika) Join us for some birthday cheer as we celebrate one of our suffragist icons. Stop by after work!
November 16 (Monday): Program meeting on Voting and Elections in Alabama (Auburn First Baptist Church on Glenn; social time beginning at 6:30pm) Aly Bolin lined up a wonderful panel to discuss the issues surrounding voting in Alabama, including photo IDs, the recent driver's license office closures and election practices. Dr. Kathleen Hale (Auburn University - Political Science), Dr. Bill Franko (Auburn University - Political Science), Shelbie Keel (AU MPA student and Auburn's Election Center Fellow), and Beth McDaniel (AU PhD student and advisor for AU's Southern Poverty Law Center on campus) will speak and answer questions.
December 8 (Tuesday): Save the Date! The Annual LWVEA Holiday Social is on the calendar with the location and time to be announced.
Voter Registration Events
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on volunteer opportunities or if you have a suggestion for an event.
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)
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!
LWV of Alabama State Convention held in Auburn, AL, May 2-3, 2015, hosted by LWV of East Alabama
A recap of this successful event can be found at http://convention2015.lwval.org/
First Annual Transparency in Government Award presented to former PSC Commissioner Terry Dunn
SATURDAY, April 25th, was Auburn CityFest and the LWVEA was there to register voters! We ended up registering 39 voters from Lee and Tallapoosa Counties! Our goal is to register/update 1000 voters before November 2016 and we are on our way!
The LWV of Alabama has a breakdown of the five amendments on the November 4th ballot. Check out their analysis here.
Find your sample ballot on the SoS website. Be informed before you go to the polls!
Auburn City Council Candidate Forum held on August 12th
The League of Women Voters of East Alabama (LWVEA) and the O-A News hosted an Auburn City Council Candidate Forum on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, in the Fellowship Hall of the Auburn First Baptist Church. The event began at 6PM and concluded at 8PM. Over 170 members of the community came out to see the candidates from Wards 1, 3, 5 and 6 answer questions submitted by citizens. The evening concluded with a Meet & Greet Session where audience members could talk one-on-one with the candidates. Check out the O-A News article and the evening news piece!
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.
2015 Guide to Your Government
This is our comprehensive guide to contact information for local, state and federal governments.
Legislative Forum for Lee County Delegates held on January 27th
About 60 people attended the LWVEA Legislative Forum held on Monday, January 27th, in the Auburn City Council Chambers. LWVEA League member Ms. Barbara Patton moderated the two-hour forum. Delegates who participated were Speaker Mike Hubbard, Sen. Billy Beasley, Sen. Gerald Dial, Rep. Mark Tuggle and Rep. Pebblin Warren. Questions were prepared by League members and were also submitted by audience members. The panel was asked about 15 questions ranging from the Alabama Accountability Act and public schools to midwifery and a spay/neuter bill. Other topics included Common Core, Payday Loan Reform, Medicaid, Tutweiler Prison, Open Meetings Law and Constitutional Reform.
Here is a link to the article as well as an editorial in the O-A News.
Past LWVEA Voters:
Tailgate @ the Library
The LWVEA is all set to register voters at the Draughon Library on the Auburn campus! This looks GREAT!!!
Photo Voter ID Law - Update
The Alabama Secretary of State (SoS) has issued the final rules for the Photo Voter ID Law. The LWVEA is pleased with the response by the SoS and his colleagues as most of the concerns put forth by the League were addressed. The final document may be found on the Secretary of State's website. The first time photo ID will be required is in June 2014.
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.