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COVID (Coronavirus) Guidance for Leagues

As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to affect more and more communities across the country, LWVUS offers these guidelines and resources for League work

The coronavirus outbreak is an ever-changing situation. LWVUS will continue to watch CDC recommendations and do our best to provide updates on this page in real time.

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Webinars

  • COVID and the League: Continuing Our Work in Unprecedented Times 
    View the recording Here
    Download the slides Here

    • The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone's lives, but that doesn't mean that our work stops. Join LWVUS staff for recommendations around policy, advocacy, grassroots engagement, and communications during this unprecedented time.

  • Technology & Communications Webinar: Remote Communication Tools
    View the recording here
    Download the slides here

    • This session presents guidance for doing League work remotely in these difficult times. Includes options for hosting virtual meetings, public events, and group work. Also includes best practices for doing League work remotely as well as guidance around governance.

  • Digital Organizing and Power Building Primer
    View the recording here
    View additional organizing resources here

    • This session offers an overview on how to utilize the digital world to enhance and continue the important work needed to recruit volunteers, educate the public, and drive people to action. This webinar offers considerations, strategies, and techniques to make your digital organizing powerful. 

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Letters

 

Coronavirus prevention among League volunteers

  • The health and safety of our members is paramount. LWVUS will follow the guidance from the CDC, and we encourage you to follow their guidance as well as that of your state and local public health agency regarding the appropriate course of action in your state.
  • Many of our members fall in the 60+ age range, which the CDC notes are at high risk for serious illness from the virus. Even if you are not a member of a high-risk population, you can still risk exposing high-risk folks to the virus. It is important that we all work together to curb the spread of this virus as much as possible by not taking unnecessary risks.
  • If you are serving as an election worker or poll monitor, we recommend that you mitigate your risk by following recommendations from CDC for polling locations.
  • EVENTS: LWVUS has canceled or postponed all travel and events through April 2020, and all LWVUS staff are working remote through April. We recommend Leagues cancel all in person meetings through April and move to virtual meetings when possible or conduct business digitally. Check out our guide for LWV Governance and Virtual Meetings.
  • Also, consider adapting your events and meetings to web-based presentations where possible. Check out our guide for Virtually Conducting League Business.

Coronavirus prevention around elections

  • We want people to vote! Check out our blog post outlining ways that the public can mitigate their risk when voting. Considering sharing this with voters in your area. Also check out our Talking Points for Leagues to Use with Voters During COVID-19.

  • Encourage people in high-risk categories to take advantage of early and absentee voting where possible, and to vote during non-peak hours when fewer people are at the polls.

  • Direct voters to VOTE411 to find updated information about polling locations and other voting options during an emergency. VOTE411 will have special alerts for any changes to normal voting procedures (such as last minute changes to polling locations).

  • Direct voters who encounter problems to the election protection hotline

  • If voters have missed their absentee ballot deadlines, direct them to their local board of elections. They may still be able to vote in person at the local board of elections' office, where they would be exposed to fewer people.

  • Check out the CDC's guidance around election polling locations.

Outreach to state and local election officials

The coronavirus highlights the need for election officials to have emergency preparedness plans for elections and review these plans regularly. Leagues with upcoming elections should consider contacting their local election officials or Secretaries of State to get an understanding of what will be done with elections during emergency situations. If your state League is planning to call for election changes, please let LWVUS know of your plans at [email protected].

Below is some messaging Leagues can use to reach out to these officials:

The League of Women Voters is concerned the recent outbreak of Coronavirus will have an impact on our upcoming [STATE/ LOCALITY] primary election. We want to make sure voters are provided with the most up-to-date information about their voting options. The League is committed to working with elections officials to elevate messaging around changes to elections.

The League of Women Voters is asking [INSERT OFFICE] to commit to publishing any changes on your official website.   

Let us know where on your website voters can find the most up-to-date election information.