LWVOR is deeply grateful for the support of our members, volunteers, and donors who continue to show up for democracy. All that we accomplish is thanks to your support. We are proud to do this vital work protecting democracy - together! As we look back on our 2021 accomplishments, we are also preparing for the work ahead. Here’s a look at some highlights:
In 2021 we hosted several election-related events, including a People Powered Fair Maps online redistricting presentation to educate and encourage Oregon voters to make their voices heard in the process. This fall Rebecca Gladstone, LWVOR President, spoke at the USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative to share tips with regional partners on how to make our elections more secure. And LWVOR is already preparing for the 2022 midterms, building teams and outreach strategies to extend our election coverage to reach more voters across the state with our nonpartisan resources.
Our League studies propel us forward with fresh ideas and perspectives to strengthen our communities through education, and ultimately through advocacy. In 2021, LWVOR Convention delegates approved two new initiatives: a Childcare Restudy and an Election Systems Study update. Work is well underway for both. We invite you to get involved! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. In 2022, we plan to bring our Privacy and Cybersecurity position to LWVUS, where we hope to effect real policy change to support election security, cyber safety, and privacy-related issues.
Topping this year’s advocacy list is LWVOR’s recent campaign finance reform ballot initiative filings, with our coalition partners. We firmly believe elections should be about voters, not big money interests. That’s why we’re working for fair elections for all Oregon voters and restoring voters’ confidence in democracy. We continue to push for an independent redistricting commission. Subscribe to our weekly League advocates’ email briefs and full Legislative Reports during the legislative session, from the state legislature, government task forces, linking to extensive League testimony. Our resources include ways you can help, too!
As we reflect on all we’ve done last year, we are also planning ahead, thinking about how our advocacy can build and maintain more equitable communities. LWVOR will continue to empower voters to make their voices heard in every election. We will continue to hold our elected officials accountable, demanding they support legislation that works toward the common good. And we will continue listening to and learning from youth leaders and our diverse coalition partners across Oregon.
We are preparing now to cover the 2022 elections through VOTE411.org, for candidates and ballot measures, including new opportunities for gun safety reform, establishing a right to healthcare for all Oregonians, and strengthening our democracy through campaign finance reform and independent redistricting. We look forward to speaking out and taking action with you in the new year.
Thank you for your support.
-LWVOR Leadership Team
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