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Newsletter - August 13, 2020

LWVIN  | Published on 8/13/2020

Newsletter August 13, 2020

In our current virtual world, LWVIN has moved to topical workshops for this fall. Instead of the several hours we could have spent with you in regional workshops, we have scheduled four one-hour workshops (with 30 additional minutes for questions/discussion) on specific topics. You may attend any number of the workshops. Please plan to share the information and discussions within your local league.

Register in advance for any of these workshops. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

VOTE411 AND GOTV: ELECTION UPDATES, PROMOTION, TOOLS, led by Amy Smith, LWVIN Board member and VOTE411 Coordinator, and Patrice Weidner, Co-chair of LWVIN Voter Services Committee
When: Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 7:30 p.m. (East)
Register in advance for this meeting:

REDISTRICTING REFORM & VOTER SUPPRESSION,led by Debbie Asberry, LWVIN Redistricting Advocate, and Linda Hanson, LWVIN Co-President
When:Sep 14, 2020 07:30 PM Indiana (East)
Register in advance for this meeting:

THE TREASURERS’ TASKS AND CLUB EXPRESS,led by Tom Gardiner, LWVIN Treasurer and current webmaster
When:Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 7:30 p.m. (East)
Register in advance for this workshop:

DIVERSITY/EQUITY/INCLUSION, led by Tracy Heaton de Martinez, LWVIN Board member and Chair of the DEI/Racial Justice Committee
When:Monday, September 21, 2020, 7:30 PM (East)
Register in advance for this meeting:


The LWV Indiana is pleased to announce support for local league infrastructure through the implementation of ClubExpress services

ClubExpress is a Chicago-based online subscription club management package that includes an array of self-administered services that will be of great value to all the local leagues.Those services include website hosting, membership support including dues processing and renewals, blast emails, forums, blogs, news feeds, photo albums, event registration and ticket purchases, donations, volunteering, integration with social media, and document retention.All services are provided through SSL encrypted secure connections.

To make this beneficial public-facing and back-office infrastructure available to all the local leagues,the LWVIN Board of Directors at the August 8th meeting authorized ongoing LWVIN payment of monthly fees and basic startup costs for all the local leagues choosing to participate.

Currently we havetwo websites live on ClubExpress ( two other locals are under development. Although we encourage a similar appearance to each local’s home page (for branding purposes), each local has full control over their website and content.

If you wish further information, please contact Tom Gardiner, LWVIN Treasurer, at

It would have been fitting to throw a big parade and march in sashes together!

But, instead, we’ll be commemorating the occasion in Indiana (mostly) virtually. During the week of Saturday Aug. 29 to Friday Sept. 4, join one or more events—performances, tours, talks, conversations, workshops, porch parties and more! Some events have limited space and require advance registration; others will be live streamed over social media. Check out the full line-up and start RSVP’ing. And, don’t miss your chance to reserve your limited-edition toolkit! Each kit will help you get ready to party with activity booklets, suffrage-themed swag, party favors, and more.

Get more information and register to pick up a kit!
Tuesday, August 18100thAnniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment -- the date of ratification by Tennessee
Wednesday August 26Women’s Equality Day -- celebrating the date of certification of the 19th Amendment

On Aug. 26, 1920, 72 years after the Seneca Falls Convention and 69 years after Indiana women first called for the right to vote in Dublin, the 19th Amendment finally went into effect. Hoosier suffragists were overjoyed.

In Indianapolis, the bells of Christ Church on Monument Circle rang out for five minutes. In Anderson, factory whistles sounded in celebration. In Fort Wayne, suffragists arranged an aerial leaflet drop by airplane over the city. At the Claypool Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, suffragists staged a reenactment of the final negotiations in Tennessee to put the amendment over the top, with Charity Dye acting as Susan B. Anthony, Luella McWhirter as Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, and Amanda Keller as Carrie Chapman Catt.

One hundred years later, we share this same excitement and look forward to celebrating with you all month long, including on Aug. 26, now known as Women’s Equality Day.

Visit the online National Archives portalfor more info on the 19th Amendment!

Also please share your local's Centennial events and photos!

Send them to Tom Gardiner, tkga@comcast.netand he will put them on the state’s website
The 100th Anniversary Committee still has Jail Door Pins available.
And shipping is free!


The LWVIN Voter Service committee got off to a great start on July 27th with its first Zoom meeting of the 2020 General Election season. 28 chapter representatives from across the state met and began discussing how to make sure the November election is open, transparent, and easily accessible by all registered voters here in Indiana.

We are currently working on the following:
  • advocating for No-Excuse Absentee Balloting
  • extending the deadline for Absentee Ballots to be counted
  • urging voters to request Absentee Ballots early and to take advantage of Early Voting
  • helping County Clerks make Election Day socially distanced and masked
  • getting the word out that poll workers are needed for Election Day

1. An application requesting an absentee ballot must be completed and submitted to the county election office by October 22, 2020, at 11:59 P.M.

2. The application for the absentee ballot can be completed online or the application can be downloaded, completed, and mailed in. Go to and click on Vote by Mail: Apply Online/Get FormsOR call or visit your county’s election to request the application for the absentee ballot.

3. UNLESS the Governor and the State Elections Commission act to change Indiana’s mail-in absentee ballot to NO-EXCUSE REQUIRED for the General Election, voters will have to indicate an excuse on the application. There are 11 accepted excuses. Go to

4. Counter misinformation in the news about the susceptibility of mail-in voting to fraud by sharing the facts: Visit the Brennan Center for Justice for more articles on mail-in voting.


1. Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 12 Noon, is the deadline for mail-in absentee ballots to arrive at the county election office. Absentee ballots that arrive at the election office after 12 Noon on November 3, are considered late and will not be counted. The postmark on the ballot envelope is not considered by the clerk.

2. Because of delays in the processing of the mail, it is recommended that the mail-in ballot be MAILED at least FIFTEEN DAYS BEFORE ELECTION DAY. After October 19, it is recommended that the absentee ballot be hand-delivered to ensure it is received by 12 NOON ON NOVEMBER 3, 2020.

3. The absentee ballot can be hand-delivered to the Voter Registration Office any time up to the deadline. It may be hand-delivered by the voter, or a member living in the voter’s household or a legal designee can be charged to deliver the sealed and signed mail-in absentee ballot to the county election office.

4.Mail-in absentee ballot return envelopes are printed with an affidavit on the back. The voter MUST SIGN IT before mailing or returning. The signature is used to verify the genuineness of the absentee ballot before being counted by comparing the signature on the envelope to the voter’s signature on file. Ballots that are in envelopes that are not signed by the voter will not be counted.

5. A detailed article about mail-in absentee voting was printed in the Indianapolis Star on August 10, 2020.Here is the link to the article.

In this time of COVID-19, LWV members must take the lead in advocating for safe and fair voting.Hoosiers should not be asked to risktheir health to exercise their right to vote.

1. Please contact the Indiana Election Commission: Email:
2. Contact Governor Eric Holcomb’s office:Governor Holcomb,200 W. Washington St., Rm. 206,Indianapolis, IN 46204 Phone: 317-232-4567 Governor’s contact page .

3. Contact the Secretary of State Connie Lawson:Office of the Indiana Secretary of State 200 W. Washington St., Room 201 Indianapolis, IN 46204 Phone: 317-232-6531 E-mail:

Once you have contacted decision-makers, please share this information with AT LEAST three other people and ask them to contact the Indiana Election Commission, Governor Holcomb, and Secretary of State Lawson. This triples our impact!


This is a ONE NIGHT ONLY Facebook Live Cast Reading

They agitated the nation. They agitated each other. They changed the course of American history.Experience the unlikely but true story of the 45-year friendship between famed activist Susan B. Anthony and escaped slave turned civil rights leader Frederick Douglassat Phoenix Theatre’s presentation of The Agitators by Mat Smart Live Cast Reading onThursday, August 20 at 7 p.m.
Click HERE for more information and to register..
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