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Date: 1/1/2022
Subject: LWV-Richardson January 2022 Newsletter
From: LWVRichardson



VOTER NEWSLETTER
Vol. 61, No. 6                                  January 2022                               Editor: Diana Lace
Inside this Issue
 
From the President
Membership Minute
Voter Service
Voter Registration
Public Education and Advocacy 
Donate or Join
Key Dates in January 2022
 
 1 - First day to apply for Ballot By Mail (all elections in 2022)
 6 - VOTE411 webinar via Zoom
13 - LWVR Discussion Group via Zoom
19 - First day to apply for place on May ballot
31 - Last day to register to vote in March Primaries
 
 
 
All League of Women Voters of Richardson Newsletters can be found at 

FROM THE PRESIDENT
By Ellen Steger, President                                                        president@lwvrichardson.org

Happy New Year!

 
 
The second half of our fiscal year will be a busy one.   Depending on where you live, you could have 2 elections and 2 runoffs by the end of June, 2022.
If you haven't done so already...or even if you have...I hope you'll join the Discussion Group.  They meet next on January 13th via Zoom.   The group is reading some fascinating books and articles and having lively discussions.

MEMBERSHIP MINUTE
By Nita Thomason, Membership VP                                 membership@lwvrichardson.org

The play "What the Constitution MeansTo Me", by famed writer Heidi Schreck, will be playing at The Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street, Dallas 75201, for a limited engagement, January 4-9, 2022, as part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Broadway Series.  The show has been nominated for a Tony Award (Best Play) and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
 
Use promo code SAVE25 for a 25% discount at check out at attpac.org for tickets to any performance (January 4-9, 2022).

VOTER SERVICE
By Mark Solomon, Voter Service VP                               voterservice@lwvrichardson.org
  • January 19, 2022 is the first day to apply for a place on the ballot for the May 7th Election.
  • February 18, 2022 is the last day to apply for a place on the ballot for the May 7th election.
  • Office hours:  Monday - Thursday 8am-4:30pm;  Friday 8am-4:00pm
 
The Richardson ISD Single-Member District 2 (Eron Linn, Incumbent), District 4 (President Regina Harris, Incumbent), and District 5 (vacant) will be on the ballot in the May 7, 2022 election.  Voters must live in the Single-Member District in order to vote for candidates running in that district.
Note:  Plano ISD Trustees are elected to 4-year staggered terms.  No Plano ISD Trustee positions will be on the May 7, 2022 ballot.  Also, the Richardson City Council elections are held in odd-numbered years, so no City Council members will be on the ballot.

The data collected in the 2020 United States Federal Census has triggered many electoral districts to be redrawn, including United States Congressional districts, Texas House and Senate Districts, Dallas County Commissioner Courts, and the Richardson ISD Single-Member Districts.  If you are a registered voter, you should be receiving a new Voter Registration Certificate from your county's election department in 2022, probably in January.  This certificate will indicate which districts will be on your ballot in the 2022 elections.
 
Watch our website as it will be updated as redistricting information becomes available.

VOTER REGISTRATION
By Pamela Wren, Voter Registration Director                          voterreg@lwvrichardson.org
January 1st is the first day you can apply for a Ballot By Mail (BBM) for any election in 2022.
 
  • be 65 years or older;
  • be sick or disabled;
  • be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance;
  • be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible; or
  • (New!) be expecting to give birth within three weeks before or after election day.
Note:  Voters must use the NEW Application for Ballot By Mail.  Here are the links:  English   Spanish
 
If you are 65 or older  -OR-  a voter with disabilities, you may apply one time for a BBM that applies to every election in 2022, including runoff elections.  If you live in the City of Richardson or the Richardson ISD, there may be 3 elections and 2 runoff elections that you can vote in during 2022.
 
If you are absent from the county  -OR-  confined in jail/civilly committed, you may only apply for one election and its resulting runoff with each BBM application.
 
Click here for a short explanation from the League of Women Voters of Texas on the new 2021 election laws.  Note from LWVTexas: we offer general information only.  We are not lawyers.  Updates are provided as more information becomes available.

PUBLIC EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY
By Marcia Grau, Education and Advocacy VP                            program@lwvrichardson.org
 
The next meeting of the Discussion Group is on January 13, 2022, at 7 pm, via Zoom to talk about two articles from the Dallas Morning News:

I am honestly baffled how anyone would find the D Magazine cover objectionable. Do people feel that if things aren’t discussed, that means they don’t exist? We would welcome your thoughts on this and on the content in "The Fair Park Lie" article.

 
Zoom invitation to the January 13, 2022, Discussion Group:
LWV Richardson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: LWV-R January Discussion Group - The Fair Park Lie
Time: Jan 13, 2022 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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February 10, 2022, Discussion Group

 

I am not very far along with How the Word is Passed, which will be the February discussion suggested and moderated by LWVRichardson members Annette Lott and Ruth Mintline. We will probably focus on the "Monticello" chapter, but Annette and Ruth will finalize that in January.

 

However, from page 64 in "The Whitney Plantation" chapter, a quote struck me. “I remember feeling crippling guilt as I silently wondered why every enslaved person couldn’t simply escape like Douglass, Tubman, and Jacobs had. I found myself angered by the stories of those who did not escape. Had they not tried hard enough? Didn’t they care enough to do something? Did they choose to remain enslaved? … In overly mythologizing our ancestors, we forget an all-too-important reality: the vast majority were ordinary people, which is to say they were people just like everyone else. This ordinariness is only shameful when it is used to legitimate oppression. This is its own quiet violence.” 

How the Word Is Passed
I know finding time to read during the holiday season is difficult. I am in a crunch because there are several holds on this book at the Richardson Public Library so I have to finish in my allotted time. 😀
 
This book more than rewards my effort.

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