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League Updates: Week of September 28, 2020

League Supporters,

Here are all your League events for the week of September 28, 2020.

Sample ballots are arriving in mailboxes, so now it is time to Make a Plan to Vote! You can review the League’s “Make a Plan to Vote” Guide here: https://lwvnvblog.org/make-a-plan-to-vote/

With an unpredictable virus still disrupting our lives, please try to vote early, if you can.

This Friday’s Judicial Candidates Open House is featuring a presentation by Venicia Considine, Community Relations Director of the Legal Aid Center.  You can RSVP here to receive the Zoom link:

https://actionnetwork.org/events/judicial-candidates-the-courts-open-house/

You can view the Judicial Candidates Open House recordings on our blog: https://lwvnvblog.org/judicial-candidates-open-house-recordings/

We are also now offering Education Candidates Open Houses on Saturday evenings.  This upcoming Saturday we will be discussing opportunities for change due to the pandemic conditions.  You can RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/education-candidates-open-house/

You can view last week’s Education Candidates Open House on our blog here: https://lwvnvblog.org/education-candidates-open-house-recordings/

We have recorded conversations with many of the education candidates here: https://lwvnvblog.org/edconvo/

On Saturday, October 3rd, via Zoom, 9-10:30 am, please join us for our Continuing Conversations: Allyship to Action Series.  This second event is focused on creating an Equity Advocacy Agenda, facilitated by Leisa Moseley.  You can RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/allyship-to-action/

Lastly, mail-in ballots will arrive soon and early voting begins on October 17th, so LWV of Nevada will be running a Google Voice help number to answer questions about the election process.  If you are willing to volunteer to answer questions, please email me at

sondra.cosgrove@gmail.com.

Please stay safe and help our community stay safe too.

Important DMV Press Release

Contacts Kevin Malone Sean Sever Telephone (702) 486-1311(775) 684-4562Cell (702) 499-4278(775) 720-1427Email kmalone@dmv.nv.gov
ssever@dmv.nv.gov Website dmvnv.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2020
Nevada Driver’s License/ID Card Renewals Now Available Online
Thousands are eligible for a new online service delivered ahead of schedule
CARSON CITY – Most Nevadans with driver’s licenses or identifications cards that expired during the COVID-19 pandemic are now eligible to renew online at the Nevada DMV’s website, dmvnv.com. “As many as 75,000 Nevadans can use this service right now,” said DMV Director Julie Butler.  “Enabling drivers to skip the trip to the DMV not only helps them, it will help the DMV serve those who need car registrations or other services much more quickly.”Butler emphasized that drivers who renew online should cancel their office visit after they renew.  “It’s crucial to cancel your appointment.


It will make these new services a win-win for everyone,” she said. Most drivers age 16 to 70, and ID card holders of all ages, can take advantage of the new services if their expiration date is March 12, 2020, or later.  Nevadans who qualify can renew online even if they have received a postcard stating that an in-person renewal is required.  Renewed cards will be mailed using the customer’s existing photograph.   Nevadans who received a four-year card at their last renewal will receive an eight-year card if they are under 65 at the time of renewal. Fees are $42.25 for a driver’s license and $22.25 for an ID card.  Late fees are being waived through January 31, 2021.   

Cards that are not eligible include Instruction Permits, Commercial Driver’s Licenses, Driver Authorization Cards and any license or ID with a term of less than four years. Drivers with more than three moving violations since their last renewal also will not qualify. See the DMV website for a full list of qualifications. For drivers 65 and older, a one-year license extension remains in effect to give these Nevadans more time to schedule a DMV office visit.  An extension for all licenses and ID cards remains in effect through November 12. The new services, originally scheduled for mid-October, were placed online ahead of schedule on Monday, September 21. 691 renewals were completed the first day.
The programming was completed by the DMV’s in-house IT staff with no special appropriations or outside contract required. Online license/ID renewals are a permanent addition to DMV online services.  As many as 100,000 Nevadans will be eligible in 2021 and each year thereafter, providing lasting reductions in the number of required DMV office visits throughout the state.  
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Driver’s License Renewal Information
ID Card Renewals
MyDMV
Extension Letter for all Licenses/ID Cards through November 12
Extension Letter for Senior Drivers 65 and Older

New: Mail-In Ballot Tracking Program

New Service to Track and Receive Notifications Regarding Mail Ballots

Post Date:09/22/2020 3:29 AM

Secretary of State Banner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jennifer A. Russell
(775) 684-5793
sospio@sos.nv.gov

(Carson City, NV; September 22, 2020) – Today, the Nevada Secretary of State Elections Division announces a new service that allows voters to track the status of their mail ballot – when it is mailed to them, when it is received by the county, and when it has been counted.  This free service is provided to Nevada voters for the first time through a partnership between the Elections Division and BallotTrax.  As a leader in mail ballot locator and notification systems, BallotTrax already provides ballot tracking services to voters in many other states.

In order to sign up for ballot tracking for the 2020 general election, Nevada voters should visit https://nevada.ballottrax.net and register for the service, which is free.  Once registered, voters can select how they want to receive ballot tracking alerts:  text message, email, or voice call.  Voters can also set the hours during which they would like to receive ballot tracking alerts.  To manage preferences, voters can sign in to the website at any time to change their selected notification methods, turn off notifications, or modify contact hours.

“Due to the significant number of voters we anticipate will vote by mail this election, including many voters who will be casting a mail ballot for the first time, the Elections Division decided to make ballot tracking a priority,” said Wayne Thorley, Deputy Secretary of State for Elections.  “Voters are used to buying something online and then tracking the package from the retail outlet to their doorstep.  We can now offer this same service, and the peace of mind that comes with it, to voters who vote by mail.”

The only information that is required to sign up for ballot tracking is the voter’s first and last name, date of birth, and zip code.  Voters are not required to provide their Social Security number or driver’s license number in order to sign up for ballot tracking.  In addition to signing up for ballot tracking, Nevada voters can always verify the status of their ballot by visiting the Secretary of State’s registered voter services website.

Pursuant to Assembly Bill 4 from the 32nd Special Session of the Nevada Legislature, all active registered voters in Nevada will receive a ballot in the mail for the 2020 general election.  Voters can see the date on which ballots will be mailed to registered voters in their county by visiting the Secretary of State’s website.  Voters who prefer to vote in person rather than vote by mail can do so.  Early voting and Election Day polling locations can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.  Early voting begins on October 17 and runs through October 30.  Election Day is November 3.

LWVN Weekly Update: Week of Sept. 21, 2020

Dear League Supporters,

As the election approaches, we have many different events planned and there will be events and important information that pop up on a regular basis.  So, we are beginning a new weekly newsletter update to ensure that you never miss a beat.

For the week of, September 21st:

We are asking you to please send any endorsement sheets and/or voter guides from other organizations you belong to so that we can compile them all on a blog page.  We recognize that many voters use endorsements from organizations that have missions they support and voter guides with a range of questions while preparing to vote.  You can send this information to:  lwvnv2020@gmail.com

If you were unable to attend our ballot question forum on Saturday the 19th, we recorded the event and it is now on our LWVN blog, along with additional information about Ballot Question One: https://lwvnvblog.org/new-2020-ballot-questions-analysis/

You can read the pro and con sides of each ballot question here:

Question No. 1: Board of Regents

Question No. 2: Same-Sex Marriage

Question No. 3: Pardons Board

Question No. 4: Voter Rights

Question No. 6: Renewable Energy Promotion Initiative

The League of Women Voters of Southern and Northern Nevada is currently partnering with the American Association of University Women to record conversations about education with the education candidates.  You can watch the recordings we have so far here: https://lwvnvblog.org/edconvo/

The Jewish Film Festival is lifting up our indigenous community this year by featuring our United States Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo.  The League of Women Voters of Southern Nevada is a cosponsor of the event.  You can RSVP for the virtual events here:  https://www.lvjff.org/let-there-be-no-regrets

On Friday evenings, until October 30th, we are hosting Judicial Candidates & the Courts Open House events via Zoom, 6-7:30 pm, you can RSVP for the September 25th meeting here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/judicial-candidates-the-courts-open-house/

During these open house events, we meet the judicial candidates and discuss how our judicial system works.

Starting on Saturday, September 26th, we will be hosting Education Candidates Open Houses with our education candidates.  You can RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/education-candidates-open-house/

We will meet the candidates and chat about education in Nevada.

Lastly, the election is fast approaching, so now is the time to start preparing to vote early to stay safe, whether you vote by mail or in-person, please vote early.  You can review the election rules and processes here: https://lwvnvblog.org/updates-2020-general-election/

Nevada is stronger when we work together.

Upcoming Events: Judicial Candidates Open House, Ballot Question Forum, Election Security, and HUGE Voter Registration Drive

Join us Friday evening, 9/18, via Zoom, 6-7:30 pm, for a Judicial Candidates Open House at 6 pm, RSVP:

https://actionnetwork.org/events/judicial-candidates-the-courts-open-house/

Join us Saturday morning, 9/19, via Zoom, 9-11 am, for our Ballot Question Review:

https://actionnetwork.org/events/2020-ballot-question-review/

Join us Saturday afternoon, 9/19, Noon to 5 pm, for our Drive Through Voter Registration drive. Please consider a donation if you cannot volunteer, you can donate through the PayPal Donation button here:

http://lwvsn.org/membership.html

Join LWVNN 10 am to Noon, via Zoom, for a panel on election security.

NEW! 2020 Ballot Questions Analysis

There are 5 questions on this election’s ballot. You can read the pro and con arguments from the Secretary of State’s Office bellow. We are also offering a Ballot Question Forum on 9-19, via Zoom, 9 to 11 am, RSVP:

https://actionnetwork.org/events/2020-ballot-question-review/

Ballot Questions

Question No. 1: Board of Regents

Question No. 2: Same-Sex Marriage

Question No. 3: Pardons Board

Question No. 4: Voter Rights

Question No. 6: Renewable Energy Promotion Initiative

*There is no Question No. 5 on the 2020 ballot

Event Announcement: Appearance by Joy Harjo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Poetry Promise, Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival and Clark County Poet Laureate Present: LET THERE BE NO REGRETS; an online series featuring our United States Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo

Free online series runs September 23, 29 and October 1

LAS VEGAS NEVADA – Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019. She is the first Native American to be so honored.

Joy will read poems from her new publication An American Sunrise via Zoom on Tuesday, September 29 at 5:00 p.m. (PST).  She will also participate in a webinar conversation with author Terry Tempest Williams about the August, 2020 publication of the first Norton Anthology of Native American Literature, When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through, on Thursday, October 1 at 5:00 p.m.  

The author of nine books of poetry, plays and children’s books, and a memoir, her honors include the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, a PEN USA Literary Award, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund Writers’ Award, a Rasmuson US Artist Fellowship, two NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Harjo is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.

Terry Tempest Williams is an American writer, educator, conservationist, and activist. Williams’ writing is rooted in the American West.

In conjunction with the Joy Harjo program, the 20th annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival (LVJFF) will be presenting a free online screening of a PBS documentary film entitled Unspoken Americas: Native American Boarding Schools, as part of its ongoing virtual film series. Watch film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo1bYj-R7F0

A webinar discussion of the documentary will be on Wednesday, September 23 at 5:00 p.m. moderated by Joshua Abbey, Director of LVJFF featuring Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis and Professor Andrew Woolford Ph.D. with the University of Manitoba.

Justice Montoya-Lewis is the first Native American Justice to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court, and the second Native American to serve on a state supreme court nationwide. Justice Montoya-Lewis has spent her career as a practicing attorney, tribal court judge, superior court judge, associate professor, and advocate for juvenile justice reform, equity, and tribal communities

Professor Andrew Woolford Ph.D. is the former president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars whose research is centered in the field of genocide studies, with specific emphasis on cultural techniques of group destruction deployed against Indigenous Peoples in North America. He is the author of This Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide and Redress in North America.

REGISTRATION for the FREE Joy Harjo program series:

www.lvjff.org or www.poetrypromise.org

LET THERE BE NO REGRETS

for Bears Ears National Monument 

We’re not losing the birch trees; the birch trees are losing us.

—Wayne “Minoghzhig” Valliere

The songs and stories that formed us are restless

and need a place to live in the world of our grandchildren.

They are weary with waiting.

Earth continues to dream her earth dreams

Though desperate thoughts fed by money hunger roam our minds

To the destroyers, Earth is not a person.

They will want more until there is no more to steal.

Earth who does not know time is patient.

The destroyers will destroy themselves.

So many earth spirits take care of this place.  They emerge from the cliff walls.

They emerge from the waves of waters.

Our ancestors are not only human ancestors.

What do you see when you fly to the top of the ancestor tree?

Let there be no regrets, no sadness, no anger, no acts of disturbance to these lands. 

—from An American Sunrise, by Joy Harjo

The Joy Harjo program series is presented by:

Poetry Prominse, Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival, and Clark County Poet Laureate

The Joy Harjo program series is supported by:

Nevada Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, Nevada Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Clark County Nevada, City of Henderson, City of Las Vegas, League of Women Voters, Nevada National Organization for Women, and Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Vegas

In-kind support from:

The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute, Spill the Honey Foundation, Nevada State College, UNLV Native American Alumni Club, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, National Congress of American Indians, National Indian Justice Center, Brave New Voices, Jewish Nevada/Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada, Anti-Defamation League of Nevada, ZACHOR Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, Las Vegas Review Journal, Imagine Communications and numerous individual sponsors.

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