Join us June 13 for Council 2020

We are thrilled that MIT Professor Charles Stewart will be the keynote speaker for our Council 2020 virtual meeting Saturday, June 13.  He will bring us an update on elections during a pandemic, highlighting what we need to do in the next five months and what we should do in the next five years.

Professor Stewart is the Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at MIT. He is co-director of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project and director of the MIT Election Data and Science Lab. He was one of our panelists at last June’s Convention, discussing the promises and perils of election technology. He has appeared recently in a number of webinars and other forums, and published a blog on “Ten Recommendations to Ensure Healthy and Trustworthy 2020 Elections.”

Registration is now open for Council 2020 via Zoom webinar. Our session will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 13, with a brief business meeting where we’ll elect Officers and Directors, receive a financial update on LWVMA, and hear from our Executive Director about some of the ways LWVMA is working even during these strange times.  Everyone is welcome to join us (registration required), but only delegates will vote for Officers and Directors.  Professor Stewart’s presentation will follow the business meeting, beginning around 10:30 a.m.

Registration: Please register here in advance for the Zoom Council 2020.  You can register as either a delegate or as an observer.

Delegates: Each League has an allotted number of voting delegates which correspond to membership numbers as of February 1, 2020.  You can review here how many delegates your League can have.  Local Leagues will designate who will be their voting delegates. If you are unsure whether to register as a delegate or as an observer, you can contact your local League leadership, or register as an observer and LWVMA staff will sort this out with local League leaders.

League business: The only voting to take place at Council will be to elect Officers and Directors. You can read the Nominating Committee’s report here.  We’re excited about the new leaders joining our Board, and hope you’ll enjoy reading about their talents and accomplishments.

Local League Gifts: In a typical year we gratefully receive donations from local Leagues to LWVMA at Council. With our major fundraiser postponed from this spring, we would welcome those gifts especially this season. Please consider a donation, perhaps in honor or in memory of a special person in your League. We will recognize those local Leagues during and after Council, so please return this form to the LWVMA office by June 10 if your League will be making a gift.