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LWVOR Voter Newsletter Spring 2022

Spring Voter 2022



By Becky Gladstone, LWVOR President

LWV grassroots work begins with you! Please reach out to friends and colleagues and invite them to step up! DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) is a League priority. We want liaisons to bring their voices to the League. We need to expand our diversity from local grassroots up through boards. Native outreach is a focus for a grant we’ve crossed our fingers for. We would like a Youth member on our board. Now is the time! Please contact us!

Voter Education Reps and LWVOR staff, with hired LWV Mississippi support, are hard at work organizing for the Primary Election, including our various Voters’ Guides! Be sure you send your campaign events to LWVOR at Encourage your local candidates to look for their Vote411 invitation emails and to write to with any questions.


By Debbie Kaye

Separate from our Bylaws, the LWV of Portland has a “Policies and Procedures” document. Other League chapters around the state may have a similar document. Our “P & P” document starts by stating, “Policies as used here are procedures or practices that become established through experience and usage and are subsequently adopted as the best means of carrying out the purposes … as stated in its Bylaws”. Because our League is both a 501(c)(3) and a 501(c)(4), we have two sections: General Policies and Education Fund Policies.

Examples of sections within the General Policies include the Nonpartisan Policy and how it pertains to specific roles within the League; Action, including who may speak for the League; Financial Controls; Reaching Member Agreement; Interest Groups; Diversity; and Anti-Discrimination. The Education Fund sections include rules about Recording League Meetings and Sponsorship of Candidate Forums.


By Dorothy Yetter

The Commission was created on 28 April 2021 by the Board of County Commissioners with Order No. 2021- 018. Nine members were appointed and our first meeting was held on 9 September 2021. We set ourselves up for business, electing officers and hammering out bylaws, by 1 December 2021.

After a few attempts to wrap our arms around the enormity of the task, we settled on a read-through and ‘mark-up’ of the existing document. Even as we do that, we have discovered that we need to invite experts to provide us with their observations in their areas of expertise such as finance (for instance, what is the actual budget process in use?) or administration (for example, what recourse do exempt personnel have to political reprisal?)


By Rebecca Gladstone

LWVUS Convention is scheduled for June 23-June 26, 2022. LWVOR is taking our Privacy and Cybersecurity advocacy position (in segments) for


by concurrence at the 2022 LWVUS Convention.

Their priority is to relate “recommended items” to

elections so we are presenting with that perspective.

Cybersecurity races to keep up with increasingly sophisticated and challenging threats.

When LWVOR adopted our “election security” position in 2021, we didn’t foresee the

need to link cyber warfare or other critical infrastructures like power and

communications to elections. LWVOR advocated in February for elections workers and

candidates’ personal privacy and harassment protection. Now we need to promote our

position to protect elections from social media “MDM” interference, with thanks to the

CISA MDM for the “Mis, Dis, and Mal-Information” social media campaign applied to


By Robin Tokmakian

Every even-numbered year, The League of Women Voters of Oregon holds their

required state- wide council meeting. In addition to the LWV Oregon Board, each local

league sends two delegates and each member-at-large group sends one delegate. The

business of the council includes the election of the 2nd Vice President, the treasurer, and

three at-large members of the board as well as a budget for the upcoming year. A

quorum of 15 delegates, in addition to the LWVOR Board of Directors, is required for all

decisions on the agenda. Only emergency changes to the program may be considered

and such changes require eight weeks of notification to the membership.

This year, the LWV Oregon Council will be during the week of May 9-14 and will be


The business portion of the meeting in the afternoon of May 14, 2022. If you are

interested in volunteering to help with Council, please contact Robin Tokmakian at


By Rebecca Gladstone

LWVOR is advocating adoption of our privacy and cybersecurity position for elections. We have applied our position to protecting election workers’ privacy and to Legislative reports of crippling cyber-attacks. Social media’s “liar’s dividend”, which causes doubt in real news, calls for our attention, as well.

Election cybersecurity is based on emergency preparedness. For example, an Oregon wildfire burned down a USPS site, affecting vote-by-mail there. Oregon’s power grids and transportation infrastructure are all vulnerable. Cyber attacks can disrupt elections by disrupting airports, GPS networks, traffic signals, bridges and dam-water controls, services from special districts, state agencies, and many businesses and organizations.

We must safeguard cell and internet access. Democracy depends on us protecting all of

our critical infrastructures. More information about LWVOR’s cybersecurity position can


By Marion McNamara

Our devoted and beloved League member, Barbara Ross, died April 4, on the 54th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. Like Dr. King, Barbara’s life work focused on making the world more just and compassionate, albeit on a smaller canvas. She began her career as a social worker, and by the late 1970’s added public service to her resume, serving as a Benton County Commissioner, a Corvallis school board member, and a state representative. She brought her passion for fairness to every job she undertook. Barbara‘s family has always been a support to her, and she to them. Her children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren were an important part of her life, and were able to be with her in her last days.

Barbara was mentor to many of those she met throughout her long career. She had a reliably good sense of spotting talent and introducing people to opportunities for service and growth. Several current state legislators got their start in politics with Barbara’s advice and occasional gentle pushes. The gift of her guidance was not limited to those who were up and comers.


Greetings! My name is Abby Hertzler and I am thrilled to be joining the League of

Women Voters of Oregon as the new office manager.

Although I was born in the Midwest and raised on the East Coast, I have called Oregon

my home since 2014 when I moved to Salem and fell in love with the beauty of the state

and the wonderful community I found here. Living in the state capital afforded me the

opportunity to live and work in the “room where it happens,” and I loved seeing the

view of the Capitol building framed by the blooming cherry trees every spring. My first

event at the Capitol was Oregon’s birthday bonanza, a lively and cheerful event that

sparked my interest in the processes that are undertaken in those hallowed halls.

I find the League’s work in building more informed communities, empowering citizens

and utilizing education and advocacy to influence public policy in Oregon to be of the

utmost importance in these uncertain times, and I have a deep admiration for the work

that the League does to work towards building a better Oregon. The passion and

dedication I have seen in my first weeks here has been inimitable, and I am thrilled to be

joining such a wonderful group of talented and kind individuals. I look forward to using

my years of administrative, communications and organizational experience to support

the League in its laudable mission.

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