Voter Services Workshop | May 13
The League of Women Voters of Washington Voter Services Committee is pleased to present a workshop focusing on issues important to carrying out the League’s mission of Empowering Voters, Defending Democracy.
The workshop will be Wednesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. Sign-in will open at 6:15 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you at this fun and informative workshop.
Handouts and an updated agenda will be on the registration page as they become available. Please check back a few days before the event for links to the handouts. In the meantime, you can review the LWVUS Guide to Unbiased Questions.
Working With Your County Auditor
The Spokane County Auditor will explain what the League of Women Voters can do that government can’t.
Speaker: Vicky M. Dalton, Spokane County Auditor
For the past 22 years, Vicky Dalton has served as the Spokane County Auditor. During her tenure, Vicky has experienced five presidential elections, the 2004 governor’s election that was decided by 133 votes statewide, the 2005 recall of Spokane mayor Jim West, implementation of vote-by-mail and same-day registration. Vicky has served as chair of the Washington State Association of County Auditors Recording Committee for several years.
Be a Voter Campaign
We invite you to join our statewide Be a Voter campaign and explain the advantages for your League.
Susan Fiksdal joined the Thurston County League in January 2020. For her first voter services project, she worked with Pat Dickason and a local videographer to create a Get Out the Vote (GOTV) video. This was a challenging creative process and also raised lots of questions. Because of her team-teaching experience at Evergreen State College, she knew that the Thurston County League needed a campaign with a unified theme. She did some research and suggested "Be a Voter," and the rest is history!
Great Questions Make Great Debates
You will learn how to shape the questions you submit for your local candidate forums and VOTE411.
The panel includes Mike Bell, Shelley Kneip, and Lyz Kurnitz-Thurlow. All served on the state League’s 2020 Debates Committee. As all League members know, this means developing questions for candidates!
Michael Bell has been a member of the Spokane Area LWV since 2018. He is a retired CPA and former owner of Michael R. Bell & Co. in Spokane, which employed 20 professional staff serving hospitals, clinics, and healthcare organizations in 14 states. Since retiring, Mike serves on the boards of Deer Park Volunteer Ambulance, Spokane Alliance, and Spokane Alliance United, and is treasurer for several other organizations.
Shelley Kneip served as candidate coordinator for the state League in 2020, contacting candidates for the primary and general candidate debates. She is currently a member of the Thurston County League and has worked on local candidate forums for the past two years; prior to that she handled candidate forum duties for the LWV of Kitsap County. Shelley is retired from the Kitsap County Prosecutors Office where she served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney.
Lyz Kurnitz-Thurlow is a longtime League member and is a current member of the LWV of Tacoma-Pierce County. She is a past president for both the League of Women Voters of New Jersey and the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County. She’s moderated many debates for both the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County and other local community organizations.
Working with the Hispanic Community
A speaker from the Hispanic Roundtable will join us to talk about how the LWV can help the Hispanic community in Get-Out-the Vote activities.
The Hispanic Roundtable/La Mesa Redonda is a nonprofit organization based in Thurston County. The Hispanic Roundtable is a multicultural, multiagency collaboration whose mission is to strengthen the Latino community through partnerships, education, community building, and cultural representation.