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Support LWVPDX on Giving Tuesday

‘Tis the season for gift giving.

The League of Women Voters of Portland is participating in Giving Tuesday, December 1.

Give your friends and family the gift of a trustworthy democracy.

You can support our work to empower voters and defend democracy with a donation of $5 or more. Click on one of the donate buttons in the sidebar on the right.

You can also support us by becoming a member or giving a special voter in your life the gift of membership in the League. See our Giving Tuesday page for more details. Note that student memberships for high school or college students are just $5! Thanks for your support.

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Election Debrief – Now What?

The LWV of Portland has debriefed the experts about this election’s meaning and impact. What do the results mean – locally, statewide and nationally?
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The League of Women Voters of Portland asked three experienced political analysts to discuss the 2020 election. Who voted?  What influenced the outcomes? What are the implications for our community and democracy. You can watch their recorded discussion on this website now.

View the recording of this program by clicking below:

The panelists are:

Barbara Dudley  – Senior fellow at Portland State University’s Center for Public Service. Barbara appears regularly on OPB’s Think Out Loud Friday News Roundtable. She is also a senior policy adviser for the Oregon Working Families Party. She formerly served as president/executive director, National Lawyers Guild; executive director, Greenpeace USA; and national AFL-CIO Assistant Director for Strategic Campaigns.

John Horvick – Director for Client Relations and Political Research at DHM Research, a nonpartisan and independent public opinion research firm. He regularly speaks on issues of community, policy, and governance to public officials and governing bodies and is a political analyst for OPB and Fox 12 News.

Priscilla Southwell – University of Oregon professor with expertise in U.S., European, and Oregon politics, elections, voting by mail, and political behavior. Previously, she headed the U of O Department of Political Science and served as the university’s Associate Dean of Social Sciences.

Moderator: James Ofsink. James  currently leads the LWVPDX Criminal Justice Interest Group and is a member of the Police Accountability Study Group. He is also serving a four-year term as a Tax Supervising and Conservation Commissioner, appointed by the governor.

MetroEast Community Media recorded the program for streaming from this website and for later broadcast on public access cable channels. (Please see the schedule below for replay dates on Comcast and Frontier.)

Funding for the recording was provided by the Carol & Velma Saling Foundation.

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“Future of Healthcare” Video

Our Panel Discussion, recorded on September 15, features an outstanding panel of physicians. These health care experts share their views of how health care is changing because of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it needs to change. Click below to watch this very timely and important discussion.

You can read more about the speakers in our previous post: https://lwvpdx.org/the-future-of-healthcare/

This program was recorded by MetroEast Community Media. It is shown from time to time on Comcast cable channels 21, 29, 321, 329 and Frontier cable channels 37, 32. The Carol & Velma Saling Foundation provided funding for the recording. 

 

Reflecting on the 2020 Election

photo credit: Multnomah County Elections

League of Women Voters board president Dr. Deborah Turner and CEO Virginia Kase have issued a joint statement on the 2020 presidential election.  Below are some excerpts. You can read the whole statement here.

“The American voters have spoken, and we now know the result of the presidential election. We commend the election workers and administrators who helped facilitate the 2020 elections and the post-Election Day counting of ballots under the most challenging of circumstances. …

“There will be many lessons learned from the 2020 elections, and we should celebrate our successes, including the expansion of voter access, record-breaking early voting, and the wide-scale use of absentee and mail-in voting options. This is what creating a more perfect union looks like, and we hope to see these expansions become a more permanent part of our voting system.

“The League’s work this year informed and protected millions of voters. The League was instrumental in the ongoing fight to preserve American democracy in a nonpartisan manner even in one of the most partisan and contentious elections in our nation’s history. …

“As we look to the weeks and months ahead, our nation must begin the process of reconciliation and seek to identify those things that bind us together rather than divide us. In this moment, we must come together as Americans, respect the process, and work toward a peaceful transition of power….”

Thank you for voting!

We can be proud of our voter turnout – almost 82%! Thank you for voting.View the Multnomah County and Oregon Election Results here.

Virginia Kase, CEO of the League of Women Voters of the U.S., wrote:

As I reflect upon the 2020 election cycle, the most important story I see is the remarkable determination of the American voter.  Through a pandemic, shifting voting laws,  disinformation campaigns, and numerous other hurdles, voters rallied to make their voices heard in greater numbers than ever before. Things may feel messy right now, but we must remain encouraged. While we may not have election results for several days, or even weeks, as an unprecedented number of votes are counted, we can celebrate the resilience of democracy in the United States of America while we exercise patience waiting for final results.