A busy year for the League of Women Voters of the Austin Area (LWVAA) will kick into even higher gear at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the Annual Kickoff Event in the Trinity United Methodist Church Sanctuary, 4001 Speedway, Austin, TX 78751.
Members and guests are invited to hear about 2014-15 activities, including production of its most ambitious Voters Guide. The historic Guide covers all candidate races, propositions, and bond issues in the five-county area. Of special note is inclusion of the 78 candidates running in the historic Austin City Council races. For the first time, the entire publication will be offered in English and Spanish, in print and online. The League will celebrate the successful special fundraising drive to defer costs of the full translation and expanded distribution of both English and Spanish versions. Charles Stuart, Vice President of Government Relations for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas, will be recognized for providing major corporate funding for this Voters Guide effort.
Helping to get League membership and guests in gear for the busy election season, Texas Tribune Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith will offer his observations on the state of the Texas political scene. From primaries to political parties and their platforms to matters that may influence voter turnout like photo ID, gender issues, and money in elections, Smith will provide his perspectives from his unique position with the Tribune and previously as editor of Texas Monthly for a decade and PBS host of “Overheard with Evan Smith.”
In addition to preparing the historic Voters Guide, LWVAA is conducting Austin City Council candidate forums organized by the City of Austin Ethics Review Commission. The seven forums began Thursday, September 4, 2014. A full listing of forums can be found on the City of Austin’s website about the municipal election, http://austintexas.gov/department/10-one; and on the League’s website, http://lwvaustin.org/page/2/ .
LVWAA leaders will present reports on other LWVAA activities and highlight opportunities for involvement. Studies underway this fall include the subjects of poverty and education.
The Austin American-Statesman (AAS) will include the Voters Guide in the Sunday, October 20, 2014 edition. Both English and Spanish versions also will be offered on the AAS, Ahora Si!, and LWVAA websites. Orders of 100-copy bundles of the Guide are being accepted by LWVAA until October 1, 2014. Personalized ballot information is offered at LWV-sponsored Vote411.org.