Americans have a right to know who is paying for political advertisements—whether it be organizations with ties to foreign governments or wealthy special interests here at home.
In the 2016 election, 65 percent of Americans identified the internet, or an online platform, as their leading source of information.
Yet our outdated transparency rules — which still include references to telegrams and typewriters — don't require adequate disclosure for online ads.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has asked for comments on whether they should modernize these rules or keep things the way they are.
Act now to protect our elections.
More than three in four Americans — 78 percent — want full disclosure of who paid for political ads posted to social media platforms.
That includes 80 percent of Republicans and 82 percent of Independents.1
Tell the FEC to require online campaign ads to include disclaimers about who is paying for them — as is required for television and print advertisements.
U.S. elections should be about U.S. voters not special interests – and especially not about the secretive influence of hostile foreign governments and entities. We must use every lever at our disposal — including ending secret online political ads — to prevent meddling in our elections and to ensure that Americans know the source of political messages.
Demand that the FEC require online ads to include disclaimers identifying who paid for them.
Each fall and winter in advance of the new Legislative Session LWVWA offers Action Workshops to give you the training you need to have an impact on public policy. Workshops are open to all - members and others who wish to engage with the League. All workshops cover LWVWA advocacy priorities for the upcoming legislative session and will give you an opportunity to hear from our Lobby Team members on issues of greatest interest to you.
This year we have three Action Workshops planned: -
REGISTER now for these informative and inspiring workshops - and be part of the Action!
Please join the League of Women Voters of Washington and Fix Democracy First (link) for Democracy Day in Olympia on January 26. While LWV works on many issues, elections, voting rights and campaign finance are at the core of the work that we do. Without a functioning democracy, advocacy on every other issue becomes virtually impossible.
On that day we will be meeting with legislators to advocate for bills that expand opportunities to vote, promote more representative election systems, empower disenfranchised communities, reduce the influence of special interest money and strengthen government ethics. We will also get/provide training on the critical Democracy issues in Washington and how to effectively advocate with your legislator. While committee meeting schedule is yet to be determined, we are optimistic that some of the bills we are working on will be heard and discussed in committee that day. We will provide help for those who want to testify and assist in setting up meetings with your legislators. If you have questions please contact email@example.com.
Please join your LWVWA Lobby Team at the first Action Workshop to prepare for the 2018 legislative session. The workshop will be Saturday, November 18, at United Churches, 110 Eleventh Ave SE, near the capitol building in Olympia WA. The Thurston County and Mason County Leagues are hosting.
Workshop is open to members and others.
Please join us to:
Registration fee of $25 includes all of the above plus materials, lunch and a tour of the Capitol.
Can’t make this workshop? Consider attending another.
•December 2 – in Tacoma – with main topic focused on Homelessness and Housing Issues
•January 6 – in Seattle – with focus on Revenue issues.
REGISTER for any of the workshops here
-->> The Observer Corp: is this you?
LWV Whidbey is looking to establish an Observer Corps. These are members of the League who regularly attend public City and County meetings of elected officials to report on what they observe. The purposes of the LWV Observer Corps are to:
1. Promote public interest in local government;
2. Be a presence to elected officials.
3. Alert the League Board to upcoming agenda items on which League has program positions to which League can speak.
4. Identify areas for future LWVT-PC study and action.
Observers play an important role as they learn about issues and processes and are in touch with what is happening in our community. A LWV Observer is trained to be impartial, silent and respectful. They may, however, ask questions for clarification. Observers wear a cool badge identifying them as LWV members.
INTERESTED? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
-->>The “Great Decisions” Discussion Group is an opportunity to learn about U.S. Foreign Policy and Global Issues. Join with a group of your neighbors to read from the Great Decisions publication, and then have the opportunity to meet and discuss twice a month!
The Great Decisions Program is sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association. The mission of the Foreign Policy Association today, as it has been throughout its 99-year history, is to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process. This year discussion groups will be hosted by Karol Pulliam in Oak Harbor on Wednesday afternoons and by Kris Barnes in Coupeville on Tuesday evenings. Books are $30 and are ordered in January to begin discussions twice a month February through May. Please sign up by sending an email to email@example.com.
Tuesday, October 17, 6:00 p.m.
Langley United Methodist Church
3rd and Anthes, Langley
On Tuesday, October 17 the League of Women Voters of Whidbey Island will host a forum with the candidates for Langley City Council, Positions 1, 2 and 5. The program will be held at the Langley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall starting at 6PM. Those seeking election are Burt Beusch and Christy Korrow, Position 1, Dominique Emerson and Bill Nesbeitt, Position 2, and Thomas Gill and Peter Morton, Position 5.
The public is encouraged to attend. Questions must be submitted in advance. If you have a question for the candidates, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Saturday, October 14.
Come hear statements from your Coupeville Town Council Candidates, running for Position 4: Christine Crowell and Brett Rebischke-Smith.
Also hear statements FOR and AGAINST the Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue District Bond Measure.
Tuesday, October 10th 6PM - 7PM at the Coupeville Recreation Center, 901 Alexander Street.
Redistricting Action Kit
The League of Women Voters believes responsibility for redistricting preferably should be vested in an independent special commission, with membership that reflects the diversity of the unit of government, including citizens at large, representatives of public interest groups, and members of minority groups.
This Action Kit provides tools for League members to take action in your community or state related to redistricting.
Click HERE for Action Kit!
Just three weeks until we meet at Convention!
About the Get Involved Page!
Are you itching to take action to support an open and free democracy? On this page you will find fun stuff to take part in, whether your are an LWV member or not. But we definitely encourage you to join our ranks!