Happy Women’s History Month- Typically we celebrate Women’s History Month in March with a reception and silent auction, however in keeping with our COVID restrictions and staying safe we plan on hosting the Beaufort Women’s Club Co-President Marilyn Shuping to talk about their 100 years in existence and service to our Community. This will be via Zoom webinar on Wednesday, March 24th at 12 noon. The link is below. Please join us and invite a friend!

Carol will also be speaking at the Carteret community lecture series on Wednesday, March 31st at 4 pm on “History of Women Winning the Right To Vote, Over 100 Years ago”. Registration is provided at the bottom of this email. Please try and join us!I have also provided some resources for virtual Vaccine 101 Training courtesy of Victor Heinrich for you- see below. 

Carol Geer is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: League Member Meeting
Time: Mar 24, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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NC State Board of Elections- Update- Our NC State BOE board recently met and came up with the following recommendations and election law changes:

  • Requested funding for various modernization projects and, notably, support for NC to join ERIC next yearERIC  is Electronic Registration Information Center and uses cutting edge technology to improve the safety and security of our voter rolls. They have requested to use HAVA funds for the first-year setup fee, but recurring expenses need support from the GA.
  • Requested to require a disclaimer on any mailers sent to voters from 3rd parties to avoid confusion with official NCSBE mailers (a la the mailers from outside the state regarding voting rules)
  • Recommendation to delay all municipal elections across the state until 2022 because of the census delay (regardless of whether the municipality is districted or elects at large); this change would require the GA to act

The board discussed the Libertarian, Constitution, and Green parties, none of which met the threshold for state recognition of 2% of the entire vote. Because the Libertarians qualify under the second part of the statute (candidate on the general election ballot in 75% of states), their status is unchanged. The other two parties do not meet the standards, so state law would no longer recognize them as parties. Their voters will be moved to unaffiliated status before the next election; they will be notified in time to change status before a primary if desired. The BOE staff is holding off on the change until the 20th day before the earliest candidate filing date, in order to give the parties time to petition for recognition.

A number of proposals were put forward for rule changes regarding campaign finance, party election observers, clarifications for how local boards handle recounts, and setting a single standard for what constitutes a billboard (for purposes of requiring outside groups to identify themselves). Only the billboard proposal got much discussion, with worries from Tommy Tucker about creating “billboard police.” The rules were accepted unanimously for publication, with a public comment period followed by public hearing on May 6. We should plan to review.

Complaints against several county board members were dismissed because the behavior in question didn’t explicitly violate statute. Dr. Anderson did express concern that county board members need to behave so that they aren’t open to questions of partisanship; in Bladen Co., a GOP board member sat in his party’s campaign tent four days in a row at early voting, with pictures published on campaign social media accounts.

From our US League -Looking ahead to March – Women’s History Month begins today, so this is the right time to advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to finally be added to our constitution. Leagues have worked passionately for decades to see the ERA ratified by the states, and 2021 is the year that we could get it past the finish line. We also anticipate the For the People Act (HR 1) to pass in the House early March. There is still time to make sure your representatives are supporting HR 1. We expect the Senate version of the For the People Act, S 1, will be introduced in the coming days.

  Vaccine 101 Training 
On March 3rd, DHHS and the Office of Rural Health will be presenting a Vaccine 101 training to equip our Rural community members with accurate and timely information about the COVID-19 vaccine.These meetings strive to unite the many efforts working to eliminate COVID -19 in NC’s most vulnerable communities as allies. The Rural Center, Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation, Hometown Strong, AHEC and Office of Rural Health will give important information out to communities and in turn will receive important feedback from our communities.
Speakers Include:Dorothea BrockCaroline CollierDonald Hughes, W.A.R.4Life (morning session)Shemecka McNeil, Slice325 (evening session)Register Now!  March 3, 9:00AM RegistrationMarch 3, 5:30PM Registration

1920s March for Suffrage
Carteret Community College Lecture Series
FREE ONLINE LECTURE – “The History of Women Winning the Right to Vote – over 100 years ago” Presented by – The League of Women’s Voters of Carteret County president, Carol GeerIntroducing the Carteret CC monthly lecture series. This March, join Carol Geer, president of the League of Women’s Voters of Carteret County for a in-depth look at women’s right to vote.Presentation will be on Wednesday, March 31st at 4 pm in person (30 seats ONLY) at Joslyn Hall, Carteret Community College campus and via Zoom. 

2020 was a milestone in history marking the 100 year anniversary of Women Winning the Right to Vote, this lecture will encompass: Who decides who Votes, Why Women Fought for the right to Vote, Overview of how Women won the 19th amendment and their tireless journey- over 72 years, and What Voting Rights struggles still persist today.  A little about League of Women Voters –The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.The League of Women Voters of the United States encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.The League of Women Voters Education Fund works to register voters, provide voters with election information through voter guides as well as candidate forums and debates.MissionEmpowering voters. Defending democracy.VisionWe envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.ValueWe believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy.  There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity. Click Here To Sign Up For Lecture
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