Making Democracy Work

April 2018 Newsletter

The April 2018 Voter was mailed to members who have chosen to receive a hard copy.

WIRE for Women: Women Helping Women Enter Public Office

General Meeting

Tuesday April 17, 2018

7-9 pm

Colma Community Center

1520 Hillside Boulevard, Colma 94014

Speaker: Carol Mayer Marshall, Founder and President of WIRE for Women

Women are underrepresented on every level of government and politics in this country. On the national level, women comprise only 20% of the US Congress and only 24% of state legislatures. Only about 19% of mayoral positions across the country are held by women and women hold only 25% of statewide executive level positions. Why is this? Why don't more women run for office or get appointed to local Boards? More importantly, how do we change this imbalance so that women are equally represented in our government?

The answer may be with groups like WIRE. WIRE's goal is to accelerate the identification and recruitment of qualified women for public office.

WIRE is a nonpartisan organization comprised of women and men committed to increasing the number of women in appointed and elected office in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. WIRE identifies and recruits candidates for public office and supports their efforts by providing a broad network of resources. For more information, see the WIRE website.

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information, email Susie Raye, Program Director or leave a message on the League phone, (650)342-5853.

Voter's Choice Act/Pros & Cons Training

Saturday, April 14

10:30 am

League Office, 444 Peninsula Avenue, Suite 1, San Mateo 94401

The League of Women Voters of North & Central San Mateo County is committed to informing citizens in San Mateo County about the Voter's Choice Act (VCA) and the ballot measures. Attend the training session if you are willing to present this information to the public before the June election.

RSVP to Gayle Hardt, voter service director or leave a message on the League phone, (650)342-5853.

Voting in San Mateo County is Changing in June 2018!

The Voter's Choice Act (VCA), approved by California lawmakers in 2016, expands voters' options for how, when, and where they cast their ballots. San Mateo County is among the 13 counties participating in the June 2018 election. it means that voters will have more opportunities to cast their ballot.

All registered voters in the county will receive a ballot in the mail and can return it by mail or place it in a secure drop-box. Voters also will be able to vote in person at a number of vote centers, which will replace neighborhood polling places.

Vote centers will offer accessible voting equipment, language assistance, and voting materials in all legally required languages. Californians will also be able to register and vote on the same day at any vote center.

Polling places will be replaced by a fewer number of Vote Centers, but many will be open for more days. All vote centers will be open from the Saturday before Election Day through Election Day. Some will be open even longer, including the two weekends before Election Day.

Look for a list of Ballot Drop-Off Boxes and Vote Centers. Remember: don't throw away your ballot as it has valuable information on how, where, and when to vote.

President's Message

President Ann Kuchins reviews the League's current projects and events of the past month. Read the entire message and details on page 2 of the April 2018 Voter.

See the calendar for information about events.

Brown Bag Lunch with the League

Wednesday, April 11

12 noon - 1:00 pm

League Office, 444 Peninsula Avenue, Suite 1, San Mateo CA 94401

Topic: Trade

Join us for the monthly informal discussion of timely issues.

Legislative Interview Reports

Every year, the League of Women Voters of California (LWVC) provides a list of questions that local Leagues use to interview their state senators and assemblymembers. The LWV North & Central San Mateo is represented by five legislators: Senators Jerry Hill and Scott Wiener; and Assemblymembers Marc Berman, Kevin Mullin, and Phil Ting. Because their districts include more than one League, we joined with other Leagues to meet with our legislators.

Find reports of two of the interviews on pages 5-7 of the April 2018 Voter.

Annual Meeting: Save the Date

Don't miss the League's annual business meeting. Watch for details.

June 2, 2018

9:30 am - 12 noon

Other Articles

Don't miss these other articles in the April 2018 Voter.

Board Highlights, p. 3

Ballot Measures on the June 2018 Ballot and the Voter's Choice Act, p. 3

Schools and Communities First Campaign! How to Help, p. 4

Help Publicize the Voters Choice Act, p. 4

Welcome to Our New Members, p. 4

Calendar, p. 7