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President’s Letter - October 2020

Dear LWVSC Friends,

After following the pre-election news for months, we now find ourselves literally counting down single days until the 2020 election – a date that we have been waiting for with enormous anticipation. It’s been very heartening to me to see how many individuals, organizations, clubs, businesses, and public figures are doing exactly what our League does for every election – and that’s Getting Out the Vote.

Why do people vote? In essence, it’s an irrational act. We know that one single vote cannot change the outcome of an election, although we have seen a number of elections where only a few hundred extra votes could have made the difference between a candidate or a proposition winning or losing. In past elections when I have gone to my polling place to vote, the atmosphere seems almost party-like. I see the faces of members of my community, whether I know them or not, doing the same thing I am doing. Poll workers sit for hours to move voters through the process, another way of engagement. And afterwards, who hasn’t left a voting booth without feeling a distinct lift? Rational or not, we will vote and LWVSC will continue to help people do so.

I thank our Voter Services team, headed up by Cheryl Nechamen, Pauline Kinsella who has logged many miles and hours to GOTV, and all of our members and friends who have worked so hard to register and inform as many people as possible. A round of applause, please!

By the time our next Bulletin arrives, we will (we hope) know the outcome of this 2020 election. Best wishes as you go to vote, whether by absentee ballot, early voting, or on November 3!

 

In League,

 

Ann Hatke, ash.lwvsc [at] gmail.com

 

 

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President's Letter - September 2020

Dear LWVSC Friends,

If you’re like me, you might feel like you flew into September at top speed, wondering what happened to the summer. Unusual for me, however, is that I’m not sorry to see it end. The summer months have given us high peaks for COVID-19, serious droughts with resulting fires, devastating hurricanes and tornadoes, and a deep feeling of unrest, division, and anger in the country. The beginning of a new season, though, is often a time for hope and change, and so I plan to look forward to it in that way. I wish you, your family and friends continued good health, and hope in the coming months.

 

We all know what Leagues do at this time of year! Registering people to vote, providing information about voting procedures, and getting them to participate in the election, whether by voting early, by absentee ballot, or at their polling place on November 3. Our Voter Services Team has done a wonderful job navigating the challenges of getting out the vote during a pandemic, and we have many upcoming (safe and socially-distant) events coming up.

We all have a charge – to follow the news from trustworthy sources, to give current voting information to our friends and neighbors, (not to mention our families!), and to make sure we encourage everyone to be a part of this democracy. We’re all of us on level ground here – it is our duty and our responsibility as citizens to vote.

In League,

Ann Hatke, ash.lwvsc [at] gmail.com

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President's Letter - July/August 2020

Dear LWVSC Friends,

I hope this Bulletin finds you, your family and friends in good health. We’ve just received wonderful news: The New York State Assembly and Senate have passed legislation that will allow any voter to vote absentee in the November election. In addition, automatic voter registration was also passed and will become effective in 2023. We can now vote safely in November, and look forward to a much easier voter registration process in the future. Thank you to the LWVNYS for their tireless lobbying on these important issues.

These past weeks have been very tumultuous and emotional ones for us. New York State has begun to open slowly, and yet COVID-19 still follows us, spiking from time to time. We’ve watched as other parts of the nation desperately fight the virus yet resist safety measures to reduce it. Recent events have brought citizens to the streets, demanding justice for all People of Color. The daily news shows us how peaceful demonstrations can suddenly become scenes of tear gas and violence.

At the same time, there is encouraging news. Many of our cities, including Schenectady and the Capital Region, are beginning to address the racial injustices experienced by People of Color and work towards equitable solutions. An urgent resolution was passed at the recent LWV virtual convention, “Racial Justice for Black People and All People of Color”. (Please be sure to read the Resolution printed later in this Bulletin.) I am pleased to announce that LWVSC now has a representative on the LWVNYS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. Vicky Cooper will serve as our liaison for this LWV-supported initiative. Thank you, Vicky!

I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the annual LWVSC vote in June. A total of 42 votes were cast, including 14 votes by board members taken during the June meeting on Zoom. I’m pleased to announce that the LWVSC budget, local program, and slate of leaders passed unanimously. Thank you, too, for your comments, ideas, and suggestions that were included on many of the ballots. I am constantly reminded how proud I am to be part of LWVSC.

In League,

Ann Hatke

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