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Voter Service Fall 2020 Update

LWVCO  | Published on 8/28/2020

Voter Service

 


Nationally, League is best known for non-partisan candidate forums and voter registration. In the Denver League, though cautious of the pandemic, our Voter Service Team still continued the tradition and was very active this election. 

Nancy Ulrich, as League’s Denver Decides Coordinator, worked with other members to invite candidates to attend the production of eight candidate and ballot issue forums this fall. Denver’s Channel 8 produced the events and Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation also provided assistance. 

Voter registration was also busy. Jeanette Scotland trained over 80 circulators from around the city. League members set up so many registration events that Harper Strickland had to keep track of everything on a spread sheet.  Sue Stark organized various registration events at sites where one would most likely find unregistered women and elderly. Susan Dunn organized eight friends, dubbed The Nonettes, who fanned out into city parks, businesses, a farmer’s market and non-profit organizations seeking unregistered voters.  The League partnered with the Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office, which connected us with Denver Health and the public libraries. We were also approached by Little Man Ice Cream, Alamo Drafthouse, and Alpha Kappa Alpha to help with registrations.

The greatest numbers registered were at the jails where Anne Duncan organized a team to register 265 people over four days in September and October. As members may remember, League is the legally designated community organization to promote voting in the jails. When Sheriff Diggins of Denver County urged in-person voting in the jails, the League provided volunteers clad in PPE to assist in that effort. In addition, Anne’s team trained to be election judges, and they will be registering people and conducting in-person voting at the jails before and on election day. 

Steve Coddington and Gerry Cummins enlightened members and the public at our virtual ballot issues briefings in early October. We reached about 125 viewers those nights. Steve had help from several Leaguers in creating our signature publication, the pros and cons for the Denver ballot issues.  The physical production of that pamphlet was done primarily by Pearlanne Zelarney, editor, and our office manager, Fran Coleman, and her office helpers Chris Humphries and Joan Friend

Sarah McCarthy coordinated our Speaker’s Bureau. The League held six virtual events with the Public Library that Little Man Ice Cream co-hosted and advertised. Rotary, Cafecito, John F Kennedy High School and Pathfinders also requested speakers on the pros and cons of the ballot issues. The future for our Speaker’s Bureau should expand our reach as we continue to use virtual avenues for community organizations and private citizens. 

Voter Service has been impacted by the pandemic and technology. However, Anne Duncan assisted Cath Perone of the Colorado League in making sure VOTE411.org had our local information.  While we produced over 1,000 copies of the local Pros and Cons Ballot Issues, in Spanish as well as English, Andrea Mitchell prominently displayed local and state ballot issues on our website, lwvdenver.org, for the public to access.  

Jeanette Scotland Anne Duncan
Voter Service Co-Chairs
 


SPECIAL NOTE:  Voter Registration Team meeting via zoom on Tuesday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

 


 

An Article Recommendation from Jeanette Scotland, Voter Service Co-Chair


Democracy Left Behind, published on October 11 in the Albany Times Union, is a stimulating look at ideas to Make Democracy Work by modernizing and creating efficiencies. The author, Douglas J. Amy, is Professor Emeritus of Politics at Mount Holyoke College.