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The Voter Newsletter  |  November 2022  |  Vol. 27, Issue 4
In This Issue
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> A Note From Our President
> How We Reached Voters This Election
> Up Next: Election Debrief Program
> Post-Election Volunteer Ops
> Next Steps on City Charter Reform
> Interview Your Legislators
> RSVP for DEI Training!
> Learn About the League at Orientation
> Membership Matters
> Reader Raffle Winner
> How Our Donors Help Us
> Shop Freddies, Earn for the League
> Metro Housing: Supporting Seniors
> Action Committee November Meeting
> Interest Groups Report
> Program Planning Ramps Up
> Discussion Units Tackle Big Topics
> Volunteer Roundup
> Calendar at a Glance
> Contact Us

  PRESIDENT'S COLUMN  

President Debbie Kaye (right) presents member Elizabeth Joseph with her “Volunteer of the Year” award. The award was announced at the Annual Membership Meeting in May.

Teamwork, Passion, and Democracy

   “Democracy is a system that depends on people choosing their own governors. The fight for the right to vote has to be the central fight that people are fighting in this country."   
   — Doris Kearns Goodwin, on “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams,” 12/3/21   

By Debbie Kaye, LWVPDX President

The League is made up of individuals united in promoting good government in many different ways. We work together as a team, collaborating effectively to make democracy work in our communities.
 
This has been a very demanding election season for everyone, regardless of political perspective or the energy each of us devoted to it. Many League members actively promoted our mission of “Empowering Voters and Defending Democracy.” We have put our time and effort into learning and explaining, writing, editing, and sharing carefully researched information as widely as possible.

In addition to our many voter education efforts to provide fair, balanced information about all candidates and to fairly present both sides of ballot measures, the LWVPDX and LWVOR Action Teams worked hard to help pass the City of Portland charter reform measure (26-228), ranked-choice voting for Multnomah County (26-232), and the statewide gun safety measure (114).

Our work on these issues will continue beyond the election. We are committed to helping people understand how to vote with ranked choice and how to use the city’s new government structure to be actively engaged on issues that affect their lives. We also know the Oregon League and our local League members will continue to advocate for gun safety. Please see our Action Reports for more information on city and statewide next steps.

Oregon's Secretary of State shared information about why ballot counting takes time. The League urges voters to be patient, as an accurate count is more important than a fast count. Whatever the outcomes of our individual ballot measure and candidate race preferences, let’s also take some time now to reflect, appreciate our work and each other, and rest.

Thank you, League members, for your devotion to democracy!
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  VOTER SERVICE  

A Round of Applause for Our League: We Reached Many Thousands of Portland-Area Voters This General Election!


By Chris Cobey, Voter Service Chair, and Margaret Noel, Communications Chair

LWVPDX reached many thousands of voters with our nonpartisan voter information for the November 2022 General Election! The Portland League’s election work included:
  • Registering 127 voters at two naturalization ceremonies
  • Researching, writing, editing, proofreading, and distributing 6,250 copies of the League’s Multnomah County and statewide Voters’ Guide, in both English and Spanish
  • Presenting Speakers’ Bureau events (including a live candidate forum with the Clackamas County League, for which we provided a moderator)
  • Working with MetroEast to produce videos and podcasts of
    • four online Voter Forums
    • 13 Video Voters’ Guide interviews
    • two election-related community education events
  • Posting extensive online election information on our website and VOTE411.org
  • Publicizing our resources with
    • flyers
    • ads on Google, two local radio stations, and six local print and online newspapers
    • more than 80 total posts across our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram channels
 From mid-October through Election Day:
  • 13,766 people visited our website pages about the election
  • 3,302 voters watched our election videos
  • 509 voters downloaded our election podcasts
  • We estimate that more than 20,000 Multnomah County voters used VOTE411.org (based on prior election figures)
  • And untold more voters used our printed Voters’ Guide
THANK YOU to the numerous League donors who supported these efforts in addition to the many, many wonderful League volunteers who gave their time to help us successfully engage and educate voters! Our election season volunteers include:
  • Debbie Aiona
  • Peggy Bengry
  • Beth Burczak
  • Carolyn Buppert
  • Marlene Byrne
  • Kathy Casto
  • Donna Cohen
  • Chris Cobey
  • Carol Cushman
  • Marian Davenport
  • Elizabeth Deal
  • Elizabeth Domike
  • Nancy Donovan
  • Deborah Edward
  • Linda Fields
  • Wynne Furth
  • Trish Garner
  • Susan Gilbert
  • Steve Hudson
  • Debbie and Ted Kaye
  • Paulina Leperi
  • Katie LeRoux
  • Linda Mather
  • Marion McNamara
  • Mary McWilliams
  • Kay Moran
  • Chris Nielsen
  • Amber Nobe
  • Margaret Noel
  • Dorthea Petersen
  • Nadyne Rosin
  • Carolyn Rundorff
  • Brenda Smith
  • Barbara and Bill Stalions
  • Janice Thompson
  • Robin Tokmakian
  • Norman Turrill
  • Janet Youel
  • Audrey Zunkel-deCoursey
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   “Thank you for all that you do. I’m amazed at the   
   number and quality of content you are able to produce   
   with an all-volunteer team.”   
   — Kudos from a League supporter this election season   

Chris Cobey and Bill Stalions prepare to distribute printed Voters' Guides ahead of the General Election.

  COMMUNITY EDUCATION  

Election Debrief: What’s Next? Join Our Community Education Program

By Nancy Donovan, Community Education Chair
 

Expert Panelists Will Speak Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 7 to 8:30pm

We are excited to bring to you a panel of experienced political analysts to discuss the implications of the 2022 General Election results with a focus on Portland, Multnomah County, and major statewide elections. Our speakers represent local news, research polling, and academia.

Anna Griffin, Vice President of News at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Prior to joining OPB, Anna spent 11 years as a reporter and editor at The Oregonian and 10 years as a reporter at the Charlotte Observer. She served as a 2011-12 Nieman fellow at Harvard University.

John Horvick, Senior Vice President at DHM Research. John serves as political commentator with expertise in opinion research and community-based politics. His areas of interest include electoral politics, healthcare, education, land-use planning, natural resource use, energy and utilities, transportation, and taxation. John is often quoted in local media and national publications.
 
Dr. Dan Qi, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Reed College. She writes about race-ethnicity, and identity politics, especially in Asian American Politics and immigration, and does research on gender politics, news media and government, political behavior, public opinion, and political economy.
 
Alex Zielinski, News Editor for the Portland Mercury. Alex writes about economic inequities, police, civil rights, and city politics. She received awards from the Society of Professional Journalism in 2022 for her articles. She previously reported at the San Antonia Current and ThinkProgress and was an editorial fellow for Atlantic Media.
 
This program will be hosted live via Zoom. Our moderator is Barbara Dudley, League member and Senior Fellow at Portland State University’s Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. Facilitating the Zoom chat will be James Ofsink, League member who leads our Justice Interest Group and is serving Multnomah County taxpayers as a Tax Supervising and Conservation Commissioner, appointed by the governor.
 
Invite your friends and family! Members of the public or of other Oregon Leagues who want to attend the live Zoom webinar should pre-register no later than Monday, Nov. 28, by 8pm; guests can register online here to receive the Zoom link. LWVPDX members do not need to register; a Zoom link will be sent to all LWVPDX members on Nov. 28 and again on Nov. 29.

Panelists, from left: Anna Griffin, John Horvick, Dan Qi, Alex Zielinski.
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  VOTER SERVICE  

It’s Not Over: Post-Election Voter Service Opportunities

 
By Chris Cobey, Voter Service Chair
 
Many of us are still reveling in the triumph of Measure 26-228 (Portland charter reform). Congratulations to all our members who spoke, advocated, and otherwise contributed time, money, and energy to see this League-endorsed measure pass! Read more about next steps from our Action Committee here, and if you’re interested in serving on the new Independent District Commission, apply by Dec. 1.
 
With the completion of a general election, there’s now a need to update our esteemed Directory of Elected Officials, which appears on Multnomah County Elections Division’s website as a resource for all county voters. Please email voterservice@lwvpdx.org if you’d like to assist us in ensuring that this flagship LWVPDX resource remains of top currency and quality! Janet Youel and other Leaguers will lead this task in the next few weeks.
 
Another chance to engage: Central Catholic High School will host its annual “Democracy in Action” event, inviting dozens of elected officeholders, agencies, and community groups to meet with engaged members of the senior class on Friday, Dec. 2, from 9:50 to 10:50am. If you’d like to help staff our LWVPDX table at the event, please contact voterservice@lwvpdx.org for more information.
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  ACTION REPORT: CITY CHARTER  

Victory! Next Steps for Measure 26-228 to Reform Portland City Charter 

By Janice Thompson, Action Committee Member

The comprehensive charter revision passed with a 58 percent “yes” vote (as of this publication), which in the world of ballot measure politics is a “decisive” victory. The current city council has committed to comply with the will of the voters, and opponents said they will not pursue alternative ideas for a charter revision referral in 2023.

The League’s advocacy now turns to Measure 26-228 implementation.
The new legislative role of councilors and the executive role of the mayor and a new city administrator will require numerous changes in city code. Though those changes won’t take effect until January 2025, action will be required by the current council, and the League will work in that venue to ensure effective and efficient implementation.
 
Two independent commissions will also get underway to support the transition. The current practice of council members setting their own salaries will end; instead, an independent group of human resources professionals will handle that job. And, using up-to-date population information, an independent districting commission will develop the four district boundaries. The application period for this commission is open and ends on Dec. 1. The League will closely monitor the selection process by the city council to ensure a well-qualified and diverse commission. Public hearings on draft maps are required, and the League will track that process as well.
 
These implementation steps pave the way for November 2024 elections using ranked-choice voting for the mayor, auditor, and 12 city councilors. The mayor and councilors from Districts 1 & 2 are eligible for four-year terms that begin January 2025, with the next election for this group occurring in November 2028. The auditor and councilors from Districts 3 & 4 are eligible for an initial two-year term that begins January 2025, followed by elections in November 2026 for subsequent four-year terms.
 
Election administrators have indicated that ranked-choice voting implementation can occur on this timeline. This dynamic is presumably bolstered by Multnomah County voters also adopting the county charter amendment allowing voters to rank their choices for county commissioner candidates. Just as voters in other jurisdictions successfully use ranked-choice voting, Portlanders can too. The League is committed to public education, which is prudent for this new voting option.
 
Details on these implementation steps and more are available at the City of Portland’s website dedicated to the transition, including links on the independent district commission and how to apply. One priority is a diverse commission in terms of race, gender, age, and geography, but other helpful attributes are also noted.
 
Thanks to all League members for your actions in support of Measure 26-228. The rationale for the League’s endorsement continues to be available on our website; it was also succinctly and personally summarized in by League member Wynne Furth’s letter to the editor, printed in the Nov. 6 Oregonian.
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  LWVOR ACTION  

Volunteer to Interview State Legislators

Gather Information & Make Connections Ahead of the 2023 Session


By Barbara Byrd

Whether you’re new to the League or you’ve been a member for a while and like staying current with political issues, this volunteer opportunity may be of interest!
 
Each biennium, League members throughout the state arrange meetings with their local legislators (state senate and state house) and ask questions developed by the LWVOR Action Committee. These interviews are important! Action Committee members need to gather background information on legislators who they may lobby on state issues during the upcoming legislative session (especially this next year, when a number of the legislators will be new). The interviews also help to establish a connection with these new legislators and reconnect the League with those who are returning, reminding them of the important purpose and activities of the League.
 
We need your help to complete these interviews! Volunteers will be paired up with another League member (more experienced interviewers with those who are new to the activity) and assigned a legislator to interview. Every effort is made to match you with a legislator who directly represents at least one member in the pair.
 
We’ll let you know your assigned legislator and ask that you make contact with them soon after election results are certain. This year, the meetings can be either in person, by phone, or virtual. The date and time of the interview can be at the convenience of the League interviewers and the legislator, as long as it is completed by the time the legislature convenes on Jan. 17, 2023. Instructions and questions will be sent to your team, and the notes you take will be submitted to the LWVOR Action Committee.
 
League members who have participated in this effort enjoy it tremendously. To ask questions or to volunteer this year, contact Barbara Byrd by email or text message (see Member Directory for contact information).
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  MEMBER EDUCATION  

DEI: How Can We Make LWVPDX More Diverse & Inclusive?

By Carolyn Buppert, Discussion Units Coordinator

All members are invited to discuss this topic on Dec. 2 at noon, via Zoom. Sandra Jackson will facilitate. Sandra is a private practice mediator, facilitator, and trainer who has facilitated for “Race Talks,” presents cultural awareness workshops, and has experience helping folks to navigate conversations around issues of DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion). She facilitated a similar discussion for the LWVPDX board of directors in August.

Here is the agenda:

  • Welcome / purpose / introduce Sandra
  • Agenda review / icebreaker
  • Pre-work discussion
  • Equity vs. equality
  • Inclusion
  • How can our organization be more inclusive and diverse?
  • Closing

Please add your 2 cents, or more! RSVPs are needed because there is some light reading and/or video watching preliminary to this session. Please RSVP by Nov. 22 to Carolyn Buppert at Units@lwvpdx.org.

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  MEMBER EDUCATION  

Have Questions About the League? Find Answers at LWVPDX Orientation!

By Mary McWilliams, Membership Chair

Are you curious about the League? In December, we’ll host two orientations via Zoom, each around one hour long. These orientations will cover the League’s main activities: Member Education, Community Education, Action, and Voter Education,with information from the leaders of these activities. Q&A will follow.
 
New members are especially encouraged to attend, but any member is welcome! To attend, simply click on the links below at the day and time that works for you. Note: These are live links that will take you to the Zoom meeting, which will not start prior to the date and time listed. It is helpful but not necessary for you to RSVP to membership@lwvpdx.org. We hope you’ll join us!

  TWO CHANCES  

Tuesday,
Dec. 6 @ 10:30am

Thursday,
Dec. 8 @ 7pm


Zoom links below

  MEMBERSHIP MATTERS  

Members Make the League!


By Mary McWilliams, Membership Chair
 

Welcome

Welcome to the following new members who have joined since the October newsletter issue:
  • Melanie Alkire
  • Kiah Allen
  • Roberta Badger-Crain
  • Kathleen F. Carlson
  • Carol Penn & Thomas Matychowiak (two-member household)
  • Barbara Slaughter
  • RaeAnn Thompson

Membership Renewals: Thank You & Reminder

Thank you to the 246 renewed or new members for our 2022-23 League year. Existing 2021-22 members have until Dec. 30 to renew! Our membership dues this year are the same as last year:
  • Household: $120 for 2 members
  • Individual: $80
  • Individual Subsidy: $45 (subsidized from our League budget so anyone can join)
  • Student: $5 (enrolled full or part time as a student in an educational institution)
  • LIFE: No cost! (League members for 50+ years)
How to Join/Renew
You can renew or join online and make your payment via PayPal (with PayPal or a credit card). Note that PayPal charges a ~4% processing fee on top of our dues.
 
To renew or join by check, send it to us via USPS mail. Make your check out to:
LWV of Portland, PO Box 3491, Portland, OR 97208-3491.
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OCTOBER WINNER
Minda Seibert
Thanks for reading!

  DEVELOPMENT DIRECTIONS  

Thanks to Our Donors for Helping Us to Empower Voters


By Linda Mantel, Development Chair

Thank you for your support! Our donors provided funding for our extensive Voter Service resources and outreach to thousands of voters. You were there to help democracy flourish by helping us inform and empower voters and provide thorough nonpartisan information amid much circulating misinformation. These activities are at the heart of the League’s mission. We could not have done this without you!
 
What comes next? The work of the League is never finished. We will host an election debrief program on Nov. 29. Please join us to hear analysis of the election and what we might expect in its aftermath. We will also provide voter information for the May special election, including school board positions. Your continuing support will make our coverage robust and our county’s voters well-equipped for making decisions.
 
Here are the ways you can help us:
  1. Become a monthly donor: Quick and easy, and we will be grateful for consistent income.
  2. Give a gift in honor or memory of someone important to you. We will recognize such gifts in our Annual Report.
  3. Give a one-time gift, any time for any amount.
  4. Let us know if your employer matches gifts … yours will go twice as far!
  5. As you consider your end-of-year contributions, remember that donations from your IRA and gifts of appreciated stock are always welcome.
Please go to our giving webpage to donate through our online system, or send a check to PO Box 3491, Portland, OR  97208-3491. Your gifts will not only enable our work, but also assure that you — and our community — will be well informed now and into the future.
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   Shop Fred Meyer & Earn Rewards for the League   

If you shop at Fred Meyer and have a Rewards card, you can ask Fred Meyer to donate to the League of Women Voters of Portland Education Fund. Just sign into your Rewards account and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Under “COMMUNITY,” click on Fred Meyer Community Rewards. Follow the instructions to connect your Fred Meyer account to donate to LWVPDX Education Fund, organization #FP191. After you connect your card number, any future transactions using your Rewards number associated with your digital account will be applied to the program, at no added cost to you.

   Go There Now   

  ACTION REPORT  

Metro Supportive Housing Services: Making a Difference in Portland


By Debbie Aiona, Action Chair

Laura Golino de Lovato, executive director of Northwest Pilot Project (NWPP), leads this 53-year-old social service agency serving Portlanders 55 years old and up with housing placement and retention, case management, and eviction avoidance. NWPP serves 2,600 very low-income seniors per year. They have done this work in the face of insufficient financial resources to meet the needs of a growing homeless population and flat federal funding. Several years ago, Portland-area service providers and advocates recognized the need for a regional response to a crisis 40 years in the making.
 
In May 2020, Metro voters enacted a 10-year income tax on high-income individuals and businesses. Money from the Supportive Housing Services (SHS) measure started becoming available to counties and subsequently to providers in July 2021. The proceeds complement the Portland and Metro affordable housing bond measures currently paying for the development and preservation of low-income housing units. The SHS program priority population is the chronically homeless.
 
The permanent supportive housing provided by the SHS program supports people exiting chronic homelessness with deeply subsidized housing paired with services tailored to meet their individual needs. As a result of the new funding, NWPP was able to create a Permanent Supportive Housing team. Each caseworker has a caseload of 15 people. As of April 2022 in Multnomah County, 1,031 Permanent Supportive Housing units were created, 456 people were placed in housing they can afford, and 1,406 received eviction prevention services. By June 2022, new outreach teams connected 2,000 people with mental health and housing resources, 900 new year-round shelter beds were created, and 2,400 people were connected with housing.
 
Ms. Govino de Lovato cited challenges to SHS implementation: COVID, ramp-up in service delivery, criminalization of homelessness, political infighting, and the “shelter vs. housing” false dichotomy.
 
Long-term rent assistance is another effective tool for keeping people in their homes. NWPP piloted a local version of this tool. Many are familiar with the federal Section 8 program that provides low-income households with vouchers they can use to rent from private landlords. The waiting list is long, and there is a lot of red tape involved in qualifying for Section 8. NWPP advocacy and testing of a successful local long-term rental assistance program in 2017-18 led to its adoption first in Portland and now Metro-wide.
 
In Oregon, 85 percent of low-income households are cost burdened, meaning they pay more than 30 percent of their income on housing. Housing costs keep rising, but wages are relatively flat. The local long-term rent assistance program is a leaner, more efficient program effective for homeless prevention and anti-displacement. SHS resources are being used to cover the cost of the rent subsidies, expand the program, make it portable throughout the Metro region, and place chronically homeless people in housing.
 
NWPP and other providers continue to face challenges, including the sheer volume of people in need. It is difficult to secure housing for people with problematic backgrounds, and it takes time to build the new housing units needed to get everyone into a safe and stable place to call home. Metro voters took a big step toward improving conditions when they voted in favor of the SHS program.
 
Additional Resources:

   November Action Committee: Family Forward   

  • Topic: Family Forward Oregon: working toward economic and reproductive justice for caregivers, mothers, women, and families in Oregon
  • Speaker: Kaitlin Gaffney, Policy & Campaigns manager
  • When: Friday, Nov. 18 | 1:30 to 3:30pm | via Zoom

Join the Action Committee in November to learn about this topic. All League members are welcome! If you are not on the Action Committee email list and would like to attend, please contact Debbie Aiona at action@lwvpdx.org to receive the Zoom meeting link.

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  MEMBER EDUCATION  

Interest Groups Report


By Judy Froemke, Member Education Chair
 
If you would like to be added to the email list of any of these Interest Groups, please contact the chairs, whose information is in our Members Directory, or Judy Froemke and membered@lwvpdx.org.
 

Justice Interest Group

At the Oct. 12 meeting, Kim Mason reviewed Portland Police Bureau’s use of force reduction and information on civilian oversight. Nancy Donovan reviewed the League’s recent Community Education program on gun safety and led a discussion on crime rates/crime narratives, which attempt to roll back criminal justice and police reforms. Trish Garner spoke about Shotspotter, a device that enables police to hone in on the location of gun violence, and the Medicaid waiver that enables people jailed and awaiting trial to have continuous medical/therapeutic care coverage. There is interest in keeping track of legislation regarding justice issues, such as the status of the public defender system. The next meeting of this group will be this Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 5pm via Zoom. James Ofsink and Kim Mason are co-chairs.
 

Housing Interest Group

Lori Kelly, the Planning and Evaluation Manager for the Joint Office of Homeless Services, spoke at the October meeting. Her focus was on the program, Built for Zero, which has the goal of documenting information about people experiencing chronic homelessness to identify what services are needed and having that data-based information to justify providing these services.
 
At the Nov. 21 meeting (5-6:30pm via Zoom), Jane Sommerville with the Eviction Representation for All campaign will speak. This campaign hopes to have a ballot measure for the May 2023 election that would provide legal representation for all families and individuals facing evictions in Portland. Chair of this Interest Group is Donna Cohen.
 

Education Interest Group

The Education Interest Group is reactivating after a long hiatus. Background materials will be provided in November to those League members who have expressed an interest, and we are currently working to schedule a first meeting for December. We welcome all members interested in participating. Co-chairs of this group are Nancy Donovan and Fran Dyke.

  MEMBER EDUCATION  

Your Program Planning Committee Kicks Into Gear


By Judy Froemke, Member Education Chair
 
On Nov. 15, the LWVPDX Program Planning Committee will meet to identify local and state topics and put them into clusters for our January 2023 discussions (during regular Discussion Unit meetings).
 
Thank you to those who sent in their ideas for discussion topics. If you have an idea for a topic relating to public education, housing, criminal and juvenile justice, local and state governance, fiscal policies, voting methods, public health, the environment, transportation, or another burning issue, we welcome your suggestions! Please send by Nov. 15 (tomorrow!) to membered@lwvpdx.org or to committee members Carolyn Buppert, Nancy Donovan, Ryann Enger, Ruth Kratochvil, and Judy Froemke.
 
These January 2023 grassroots League discussions will result in new ideas for Member Education and recommendations for:
  • our Community Education programs
  • the Action Committee monthly speaker programs
  • future Discussion Units meetings
  • future Interest Group speakers
  • issues to study in order to establish a position
  • relevant LWVPDX and LWVOR positions to retain, drop, update, or restudy
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  UNITS UPDATE  

Units Discuss Election and Other Current Issues: Join Us!

By Carolyn Buppert, Discussion Units Coordinator

October Discussion Units saw 51 members participate, discussing gun safety and Oregon Measure 114 as well as Portland Measure 26-228 (city charter reform) — both of which were passed by voters. Participants also discussed Multnomah County Measure 26-231, which would have extended voting rights to noncitizens in county election (the measure did not pass). Several individuals suggested a community education program on the path to citizenship — that is, what is involved in becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen. There were differing opinions on whether noncitizens should be allowed to vote, and some participants suggested the League study this issue, as we don’t have a position on it.

At November meetings, Units will debrief the Nov. 8 election. Unit meetings are listed in the calendar at the end of this newsletter. If you are not currently participating in a Discussion Unit and want to, select a unit that appeals to you, email Carolyn Buppert at units@lwvpdx.org, and she will set you up with the group leader so you will receive notices.

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  Volunteer Roundup  


LWVPDX is always looking for volunteers! Volunteer opportunities announced in this issue are listed below; read the linked article and contact the listed League leader for more information.
  • Apply to serve on the Portland Independent Districting Committee | Read more
  • Help update our Directory of Elected Officials | Read more
  • Table with us at Central Catholic HS’s “Democracy in Action” event | Read more
  • Interview legislators for LWVOR action | Read more
  • Participate in member DEI training | Read more
  • Join the Action Committee to learn about Family Forward | Read more
  • Share your program topic suggestions | Read more
  • Join an Interest Group or Discussion Unit
We do not share personal contact information in this newsletter; if a listed contact does not have a LWVPDX email address, you can look up their contact information in our membership directory, or contact the office at info@lwvpdx.org or (503) 228-1675. If you are looking for a different type of volunteer opportunity than those listed here, contact a member of the board.
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  Calendar at a Glance  


November
  • Nov. 15: LWVPDX Program Planning Committee Meets | Share your ideas!
  • Nov. 16: Justice Interest Group Meets | 5pm via Zoom.
  • Nov. 16: LWVPDX Board Meeting | 5:15pm via Zoom.
  • Nov. 17: Discussion Unit 4 | 1pm, leader Lynn Baker.
  • Nov. 19: Discussion Unit 5 | 10:30am, leader Linda Mather.
  • Nov. 21: Discussion Unit 7 | 1pm, leader Ryann Enger.
  • Nov. 21: Housing Interest Group | 5pm via Zoom.
  • Nov. 22: Discussion Unit 6 | 9:30am, leader Elizabeth Domike.
  • Nov. 24: LWVPDX office closed for Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Nov. 28: Discussion Unit 2 | 10am, Mary McWilliams filling in for leader Barbara Byrd.
  • Nov. 28: Discussion Unit 3 | 5:30pm, leader Olivia Smith.
  • Nov. 29: "Election Debrief: What's Next" Community Education Program | 7pm via Zoom. Read more.
December
  • Dec. 2: Members DEI Training | Noon to 2pm, via Zoom. Learn more.
  • Dec. 6: Member Orientation | 10:30am via Zoom. Learn more.
  • Dec. 8: Member Orientation | 7pm via Zoom. Learn more.
  • Dec. 12: Next Voter Newsletter Issue | Check your email inbox!
  • Dec. 24 to 30: LWVPDX office closed for holidays.
  • NOTE: Discussion Units, Interest Groups, and the Action Committee do not meet in December.
  • December is your last chance to renew your membership!

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Board of Directors

> Debbie Kaye, President 
president@lwvpdx.org
> Marion McNamara, Vice President
vpadmin@lwvpdx.org 
> Chris Cobey, Voter Service Chair

voterservice@lwvpdx.org
> Judy Froemke, Member Education Chair, membered@lwvpdx.org 
> Anne Davidson, Secretary

secretary@lwvpdx.org
> Adrienne Aiona, Treasurer
treasurer@lwvpdx.org 
> Debbie Aiona, Action Chair

action@lwvpdx.org 
> Nancy Donovan, Community Education Chair, 
communityed
@lwvpdx.org 
> Margaret Noel, Communications Chair, 
communications@lwvpdx.org
> Carolyn Buppert, Discussion Units Coordinator units@lwvpdx.org
> Linda Mantel, Development Chair

development@lwvpdx.org
> Audrey Zunkel-deCoursey, At Large, atlarge4@lwvpdx.org
> Trish Garner, At Large 
> Amber Nobe, Newsletter Editor
newsletter@lwvpdx.org
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Off-Board Leaders

> Mary McWilliams, Membership Chair, membership@lwvpdx.org 
> Ann Dudley, Nominating Committee Chair
nominating@lwvpdx.org
> Betsy Pratt, Budget Committee Chair, budget@lwvpdx.org
> Phil Thor, Endowment Committee Chair
> Beth Burczak, Speakers Bureau Chair, 
speakers@lwvpdx.org
> Kathy Casto, Voters' Guide Editor,
votersguide@lwvpdx.org
> VACANT, Video Voters' Guide, 
videovotersguide@lwvpdx.org
> VACANT, Forums Chair, forums@lwvpdx.org
> VACANT, Voter Registration Chair, voterreg@lwvpdx.org
> Katie LeRoux, Facebook

Interest Group Chairs:
> Nancy Donovan & Fran Dyke, Education
> James Ofsink & Kim Mason, Justice
> Donna Cohen, Housing & Homelessness

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