NOW MORE THAN EVER,
THE LEAGUE NEEDS YOU
Dear Members and Friends of the League,
What makes the League stand out from other good government organizations and why does it deserve your support? The
League's story is an historic and respected narrative that continues to resonate today, almost 100 years since its founding. The League believes that participation in democracy doesn't end when
citizens leave the polling booth, but continues during the legislative process. From its beginnings, citizens have not only looked to the League for nonpartisanship when it comes to elections, but
also to advocate for issues that affect citizens.
This past year has seen many successes for the League. We fought for seven years to reestablish the Rhode Island
Ethics Commission's jurisdiction over our General Assembly, and finally in the 2016 election, state voters were given the opportunity to vote on this issue, and it passed with an overwhelming
The vote is your voice, and over the past few years, the League has focused our support on legislation to erase obstacles
confronting access to the ballot box. During this 2017 legislative session the League has testified before the House and Senate Judiciary in support of several bills relating to safe and secure
elections including automatic voter registration, in-person early voting, and post-election audits.
We have also testified supporting bills relating to gun safety, heath care, women's reproductive rights, immigration
issues and improving open meetings and access to public records. We have responded to the renewed political energy in our country by offering forums on these issues throughout Rhode Island. Our
"Call to Action Forum" in Newport in March provoked lively engagement with our panel of speakers on these issues.
At our annual LWVRI Day at the Rhode Island State House our focus was on sharing our skills as advocates. We engaged many
friends of League in lobby training and participants followed up by seeking out and conversing with their respective General Assembly representatives. During our wrap-up all in attendance agreed that
they were inspired to organize their next plan of action.
Our success as an advocacy organization depends on you. We are an all-volunteer, grassroots, good government organization.
When you donate to the League, you are helping us continue the League's work to advocate, lobby and educate for open and honest government at the local, state and national level.
Please join in this work and give generously. You can mail your donation to Susan Wells, Annual Fund Chair, 229 Gibbs
Ave., Newport, RI 02840.
Or make a donation online at www.lwvri.org/supportus.htm.
Our future success depends on you.
Jane W. Koster
You are cordially invited to
THE SUSAN B. WILSON CIVIC
EDUCATION MERIT AWARDS RECEPTION
Wednesday, June 7, 2017, @ 4:30pm
Governor's Reception Room
Rhode Island State House
Keynote Speaker: Thomas Kerr-Vandeslice
Winning Schools are:
North Kingstown High School, North Kingstown
Blackstone Academy Charter Academy, Pawtucket
Rhode Island School for the Deaf, Providence
See Past Winners
RHODE ISLAND ACTS:
BEYOND THE 2016 ELECTION
Community Discussion Series
A partnership of Lippitt House Museum
and the Providence League of Women Voters
6:30pm Reception | 7:00pm Discussion
Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope St, Providence
- MONDAY, APRIL 24
"Citizen Voices: What Can We Do?"
Jim Vincent, President, NAACP-Providence Branch; Aaron Regunberg, Rhode Island State Representative; Josh Fenton,
CEO & Co-Founder, GoLocal24.com
LWVRI CONVENTION 2017
June 1, 2017 at 4:45 p.m
Keynote speaker: Arlene Violet
Register Online or see the Spring Voter.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF RHODE ISLAND'S STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CALL FOR AN INVESTIGATION
INTO WIDESPREAD VOTER FRAUD
League of Women Voters of Rhode Island President Jane W. Koster
released this statement today in response to President Trump's call for an investigation into unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud:
"President Trump's claims of widespread voter fraud are seriously
flawed and unfounded in fact and voters must not be swayed by these statements from the White House. Irresponsible announcements from the President that instill distrust and
misunderstanding of our voting system are not acceptable.
"League of Women Voters of Rhode Island continues our work with the League of Women Voters of the United States, the Rhode
Island Secretary of State's office and with other good government partner organizations to advocate and lobby for a safe and secure election process. Rhode Island has instituted new practices to
accomplish these goals. This last year the state joined the Electronic Registration Election Center (ERIC), a multi-state secure data-matching center organized to improve accuracy of
voter registration systems.
"The League of Women Voters, as we have proven during the 97
years of our existence, will continue our fight to protect our right to have a voice and the right to vote. The League shall work and
give oversight to any restrictions on voting and voter suppression."
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization,
encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would
preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.
— Dwight Eisenhower