Volunteer with Voter Services
Help Make Democracy Work!
Join us to get involved in our work to engage with elected officials, empower new voters and to learn about issues that impact your community.
Volunteers make everything we do possible. It's our volunteers who organize our programs and forums, speakers, and manage our election activities and register voters.
Voter Services Chairs Jeannie Lythcott and Kathy Miller want to help you mobilize your membership!
The Voter Services team aims to fulfill the League’s mission of strengthening democracy through voter registration, voter education, and voter mobilization.
In 2019, we are building a team of dedicated volunteers who will be able to hit the ground running in the 2020 election cycle. We welcome all League members to come learn about our activities and find a volunteer opportunity that fits their interest.
There are so many Voter Services opportunities that we have created a new and innovative Voter Services organizational structure, including an executive committee (consisting of Jeannie and Kathy and one rep from each of the other teams) and five teams. Each team will function as a semi-autonomous entity with a clear mission and authority to act in support of that mission.
Contact Jeannie or Kathy if you’re interested in being involved in one of these teams and its mission:
Executive Committee: Oversee all Voter Services (VS) activities and report to LWVPA Board.
Youth Vote Team
Mission: To register, educate, and motivate 100% of eligible Palo Alto teens to become lifelong voters. VR, VE and GOTV (voter registration, voter education and Get Out the Vote) for youth. Continue to build on classroom VR. Further develop high school VE and GOTV program. Possible new projects: Parent/Teen Voter Ed workshops; VE in advance of 2020 elections; local colleges; East Palo Alto (EPA) Schools.
Voter Services Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Team
Mission: To encourage and enable all those who are, or can become, citizens of the US to cast an educated ballot. We aim to cover the arc of Registration-Voter Education-GOTV (Get Out The Vote) for multiple diverse populations. For some populations we have already begun doing this work (unhoused people, new citizens, the blind and visually impaired, the incarcerated) but need to go further. For others, we must begin with outreach to establish relationships – for example, with diverse language speaking groups, faith and interfaith groups, and the disabled communities – and then identify opportunities for VR, VE and GOTV together with these populations. This team will also closely collaborate with the Beyond Palo Alto team.
Voter Education Resource Team
Plan and execute an updated Pros & Cons plan; put together traditional candidates’ forums; develop additional voter education concepts (such as active policy reflection); create Voter’s Guide; continue excellent work on Voter’s Edge, and to explain the Voters Choice Act to the population. ALSO: Continue to provide pros & cons presentations to the groups we have traditionally served (adults, seniors and community organizations) AND serve as a resource for the Youth Vote and DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) Projects.
Voter Registrar Liaison Team
Stay up-to-date on voter registration and voter issues and serve as a resource for educating volunteers who are part of other teams/projects. Liaise with the registrar over key registration and voting issues.
Beyond Palo Alto Team
Mission: To explore and pursue ways in which the Voter Services Team of the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto can strengthen democracy beyond our own borders. Work with other Leagues, countywide, statewide and nationally, on mission-critical work. In the short term, this would include education and outreach about implementing the Voter’s Choice Act in Santa Clara County; working with other Leagues eager to launch high school voter registration efforts; working with businesses eager to run their own VR and VE (voter registration and voter education) efforts (as we did at Google); urging via the League of Women Voters of California (LWVC) the CA Secretaries of State and Education to re-issue their 2017 letter to school superintendents re voter registration; preparing workshops and presentations for League state and national conventions; and planning faith and interfaith events across the County, in close collaboration with the DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) team.
Help with Voter Registration & Education and GOTV! See this dedicated site for everything you ever wanted to know about registering high-school voters.
Please contact our Voter Services Co-Chairs to get more information.
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