What is Program Planning and Why Do We Do It?
Program Planninghelps our League decide how to allocate our precious resources of volunteer time and funds. It helps us formulate a budget and determines the work plan for our committees.
Our annual program planning meeting is also our chance to decide what input we want to make on how our resources should be used at the State and National levels of the League. That planning alternates between local leagues giving input to the National League one year and then to the State League the next year following a 2-year cycle.
The decisions we all make at our March 5thmeeting will determine our League’s input to the National League for discussion at their convention this summer to plan for 2022-2024.
In addition to the local Areas of Emphasis, which you will read about in the Advocacy article, on March 5thwe will be considering three National level issues: Immigration, Health Care Reform and The Abolishment of the Electoral College. Issues like these are debated at the National Convention because they are issues that impact our nation as a whole and cannot be solved at a local level.
Immigration: The California State League (CLWV)has asked local leagues to include "Immigration" in their recommendations to the National League. The CLWVis requesting thatimmigration reform be a part of the program goals of the National League for 2022-2024. On March 5thafter hearing from the Advocacy Committee Chair, Leona Judson, you will vote to decide if we will make that request.
Health Care Reform Concurrence:We received an inquiry from the LWV of Marin County and from LWV - New York asking for our support for a revised health care position to be made an agenda item at the 2022 National Convention. Again, you will be voting on this after you hear the Advocacy Committee’s recommendation.
Abolishment of the Electoral College:We received a request from the LWV of Deerfield/ Lincolnshire, IL requesting that we add “Abolition of the Electoral College” to our area of emphasis recommendations to the National League. The Advocacy committee is not recommending that we approve this request. Instead, the Committee is recommending that the National League focus on the National Popular Vote Compact. The National Popular Vote Compact is supported by the National League, but is not a current priority.
TheNational Popular Vote Interstate Compact(NPVIC) is an agreement among a group ofU.S. statesand theDistrict of Columbiato award all theirelectoral votesto whicheverpresidential candidatewins the overallpopular votein the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The compact is designed to ensure that the candidate who receives the most votes nationwide is electedpresident, and it would come into effect only when it would guarantee that outcome, which means that there would need to be 270 electoral votes among the states. As of January2022, fifteen states and the District of Columbia have adopted it. These states have 195 electoral votes, 72% of the 270 votes needed to give the compactlegal force. The reason it has not yet been implemented is that not enough states have adopted the legislation for it to take effect. The billwill take effect when enacted by states possessing an additional 75electoral votes.
Advocacy Committee is recommending that our League ask the National League to make passage of the National Popular Vote Compact an area of emphasis for 2022-2023 and target the states where is has not yet passed.
To learn more about the National Vote Compact go tohttps://www.nationalpopularvote.com/state-status
If you would like to have more in depth information before voting on this complex issue, we have a video available. LWV of Sonoma & LWV of Marin did a join presentation on the National Popular Vote movement last year as a part of our Making Democracy Work series. The guest speaker was Scott Drexel, Senior Advisor to the National Popular Vote organization. The video also has a brief description of how the Electoral College currently works. So if you want more information, please watch the YouTube video of the 60-minute presentation athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIGuZWGOgO4&list=PLPuWiPCggJDW5y_wrJFIpLmz82ix0iy8d&index=4