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Larkin Square Author Series: Margaret Sullivan with Mark Sommer

Join Media Columnist for the Washington Post Margaret Sullivan in conversation with Buffalo News writer, Mark Sommer about Margaret’s new book, Ghosting the News. This event is free and will take place outdoors, under the covered boardwalk in Larkin Square.

Limited, socially-distant seating is available; you are also welcome to bring your own chair to the square. Please wear a mask and check Larkin Square's COVID-19 procedures & rules before you go.

Thursday, August 27, 05:30 p.m.
Larkin Square
745 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210, USA

Free parking is available in the surface lots along Exchange Street.

The talk will also be streamed live online if you would rather attend virtually -- details will appear here when they are available.

The Larkin Square Author Series is presented by KeyBank and sponsored by Independent Health. This event is co-sponsored by Talking Leaves Books and the League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara.


2020 Election Dates and Deadlines (General Election)

All NYS village and town elections originally scheduled for March, April, May and June have been rescheduled for September 15, 2020. Learn if this affects you at Vote411.

Friday, October 9: Deadline to register to vote in the General Election (including Early Voting period).

October 24 - November 1: Early Voting Dates for General Election

Tuesday, November 3: General Election


Other questions? Check the Board of Elections web sites in Erie County and in Niagara County.

Vote411 is the best place to learn about polling places, candidates and breaking election-day news (if any).


Primary Election: Absentee ballot follow-up survey

Here is a link to a survey that the League of Women Voters of New York State would like anyone in New York State who voted by absentee ballot to complete: https://forms.gle/aSxtqXjivAtsXfHa7.

The focus of the survey is on voting by absentee ballot as we are anxious to hear how the huge increase in that process functioned.

We have collaborated with the LetNYVote coalition partners for this survey and will be sharing the results with all of them.


Key Facts About the 2020 Census

File your 2020 Census information electronically, by mail, or by phone at 844-330-2020.

It takes just a few minutes, and one person from your household completes it for everyone who was living at your address on April 1, 2020. Learn more.


The League office is (physically) closed at this time, but our indomitable Office Manager is working remotely and can be reached by telephone or email.

See the Events Page for information about webinars and other virtual meetings.


From the LWVB/N

LWVB/N Annual Meeting

The 2020 Annual Meeting was held virtually on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Read the 2020 Annual Report, see the updates to the Local Program. (06/20/2020).

Filing your 2020 Census forms electronically is so easy

Still haven't turned in your Census information? No problem! Respond over the internet, or even by phone at (844) 330-2020. The deadline to complete the census is August 15.

Census 2020: High Stakes for Our State and Region

Amy Brombos, Supervisory Partnership Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau was our guest for our March 12, 2020 meeting, Learn more (PDF format; also available in MS format).
See the current response rates.

Buchheit kills Queen City Landing project

Did not say what would happen with the property (Buffalo News, 3/20/2020)

League Testimony: Outer Harbor

Before the Common Council Committee on Legislation in PDF format (1/14/2020)
See also statements from the Partnership for the Public Good and the Our Outer Harbor Coalition (both from 1/9/2020)

League Letter to the Editor

Outer Harbor should be part of the state park system. In Word format or in PDF format (Buffalo News, 12/15/2019)

League Testimony

Before the New York State Public Campaign Financing Commission in Word format or in PDF format (10/29/2019)

From the LWVNY

Early Voting Survey

Anyone in New York State who voted by absentee ballot is invited to take the LWVNY Absentee Voting Survey (06/2020)

Legislation

LWVNYS supports S3695/A2513, an act to repeal section 50-a of the civil rights law, relating to personnel records of police officers, firefighters and correction officers. Read more (New York State of Politics, 06/05/2020).

Webinar

View the LWVNY Get Out the Vote (Zoom meeting, 06/02/2020)

Webinar

Supporting Voters with Disabilities (05/21/2020)

Legislative Agenda

The State League has posted the 2020 Legislative Agenda and the 2020 Legislative Packet.

From the LWVUS

Statement: Supreme Court LGBTQ+ Ruling

LWVUS joined an amicus brief in this case with more than 50 other organizations. Read the LWVUS Statement on the ruling (06/15/2020)

Resources: Black Lives Matter

LWVUS statement: on Police Killing of George Floyd (05/29/2020)
LWVUS with over 400 civil rights organizations signs letter calling for congressional action on police violence (06/02/2020)
LWVUS Blog: Virginia Kase on Standing in Solidarity with the Black Community (06/03/2020)
Protests and Rallies: Here's How to be Good Allies in This Moment.

Resources: Vote-by-Mail Facts

Talking points on how to counter attacks on vote-by-mail go hand in hand with talking points on Curbing Public Expectations for Immediate Election Results (06/08/2020)
See also Why We Need Postal Democracy (New York Review of Books, 05/28/2020)

Census and Redistricting

Read the blog post on Covid-19's huge impact on the 2020 Census. (05/27/2020) In December 2019, the LWVUS joined the Census Project and other organizations in calling for full funding of the 2020 Census. (LWVUS, 12/6/2019)

Video: Vote411

VOTE411: Election Information You Need in English and in Spanish (06/01/2020)

Statement

League Joins Statement Reaffirming Founding Principles of the United Nations

People Powered Fair Maps™

As we prepare for redistricting in 2021, our work to fight for and protect People Powered Fair Maps is more important than ever. Read about the national redistricting campaign of the League of Women Voters. Read the latest update.