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The Voter - October 2022

Published on 10/17/2022
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

The Voter
The official Newsletter of the League of Women Voters of Sonoma County.
Volume27, Issue 8
In this Issue:

Some Tips for Voting

From Debbie McCay

Everything You Need to Know for Voting

Check out our playlists on the League YouTube Channel which you may access at by clicking the link on our webpage We have videos on the Pros & Cons of all seven Statewide Propositions. You will also find recording of all our 2022 Candidate forums in both English and Spanish. We are getting over a thousand view of these recordings.

Don’t forget to visit Voter’s learn about all the candidates before you vote.

And if you can’t find all the information you need you may also want to visit Ballotpedia,_2022

Track your Ballot at

Did you know that each ballot has its own unique serial number? That is part of keeping our elections secure and preventing voter fraud. And it also allows you to see exactly where your ballot is in the system.

Sign & Postmark your ballot:If you are mailing in your ballot, be sure you sign the envelope. Believe it or not forgetting to sign the ballot envelope is the most common mistake voters make. If it is close to election day, go a post office and ask that your ballot be date stamped to prove that you mailed it before or on election day. Envelopes dropped off in mail collection boxes, or left in your mailbox for the mail person, are not always date stamped.

Voter's Edge

Sue Jackson, Coordinator

Ballots have been mailed to you from the Registrar of Voters.

Need more information before you vote? Check out Voter’s Edge California.

Get the facts before you vote. | Voter's Edge California Voter ...

When prompted, enter your address and your zip code. Your choices will pop up. Click on the proposition, the measure, or the candidate you want to research. Candidates submit information about their priorities, biography, education, qualifications, and political philosophy. If there is no information about your candidate, it is because he or she has not participated in our service. It is free to candidates and is increasing in viewer usage with each election cycle.

If you need assistance navigating the website, please email us

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One Person's Encounter
by Alice Johnstone

I'm writing to urge you to vote in the upcoming election. YOUR VOTE DOES COUNT. I'm going to give you one interesting reason to show you that it does.

I was running, for the first time, as a candidate in a non-partisan election for the city council in my town. After the polls closed and all the votes were counted the incumbent I was running against won the election by three votes. I asked for a recount. At the next council meeting the results of the recount were announced. I won the election by one vote,

During the next several weeks several people told me they had come close to missing the election and how they made a special effort to cast their ballot. Each one proudly assured me their vote was the one that won the election for me.

Of course every ballot cast for me that day was important to make up the total number of votes that allowed me to sit on the city council.

Please remember that your single vote is important to swell the total number of votes to swing elections. I hope you will make a special effort to cast your ballot in the coming elections to be an active voting citizen of our city, county, and state and our great country.



Alice Johnstone

Vote Forward Project
Get out the Vote
Letter Writing Campaign
by Leona Judson
Vote Forward
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Vote Forward Parties a Big Success

Our League has written over 1300 letters to reluctant voters in swing states prepared and ready to be mailed during the last week of October. The letters were written during five Vote Forward parties held this summer and fall. We partnered with both AAWU Santa Rosa and AAUW Petaluma, as well as the Petaluma Women’s Center and the Sebastopol Library to host our parties. Jim Masters also held a party at Spring Lake village. In addition, some of our members wrote letters at home. A big thanks to everyone who participated.

You can still write letters on you own until October 29.

Silent Sentinels

Silent Sentinels

by Debbie McKay

Help Get Out The Vote --Become a Silent Sentinel!

Want to have some fun and make a difference for our democracy? Join us on Saturday morning, October 29th from 10-12, as we encourage the VOTE and honor the suffragists. Hold signs that say “VOTE.” Wear suffragist colors of purple, white and gold. Brave men are invited to join the fun and wear black pants, a white shirt, and a vest.
Santa Rosa Courthouse Square -- 3rdStreet side

The League will provide free VOTE signs to the first 25 people who sign up. Or make your own VOTE sign. Bring your friends & family. For more information and/or to sign up: email Debbie Mc Kay

History of the Silent Sentinels: In 1917, over 2000 women silently protested at the While House for the right to vote. Many went to jail and suffered greatly. To honor them, and to promote the vote, we will gather on street corners, dressed in the colors of those brave suffragists, and hold signs that simply say “VOTE.”

In 2020, over 150 women in the Sacramento region re-created the inspirational effort of the Silent Sentinels to encourage people to vote. It’s even more important this year!

Ballot Measure Pros and Cons Presentations Continue
by Lynn Dooley
In order to help Sonoma County residents become informed voters for this election , the Pros & Cons team has been hard at work!! 20 dedicated league volunteers have created videos that clearly explain the pros & cons of each of the 7 state ballot propositions.

This was no small task. First teams of researchers sought out reliable, trusted information on each proposition. They then organized that information into succinct scripts that include the current law, the proposed changes, the fiscal impact, the supporters, the opponents, campaign financing and what a yes vote and no vote mean.

The scripts were then turned into interviews and recorded on zoom. We have 17 events scheduled with more in the works. As we make these presentations throughout the county, we are getting great feedback.Kudos to our fabulous team!

See the pros & cons videos for yourself on our YouTube channel. The link is:

And if you know of an organization that would like a presentation, please contact Lynn Dooley

Voter Service Committee
Karen Weeks and Therese Scherrer, Co-Chairs

By the time you read this we will have had our final City /Town council candidate forum. From mid-September to mid-October the Voter Service team hosted a total of eightforums in Petaluma, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa and Windsor. In a number of these communities we had two forums due to the number of candidates as well as district configurations. The candidate forums were live streamed on ZOOM, YouTube, and Facebook. Each forum also had Spanish interpretation. Even though ZOOM creates some complexity it also enables us to reach a VERY BROAD audience. As of this article we have had a total of 8 forums and have had a total of 3,339 viewers! The most views we have had are for the Sebastopol forum with a total of 941 views! Many in our team worked on multiple forums and a huge thank you to all who helped – Leona Judson, Debbie McKay, Therese Scherrer, Linda Robinett, Linda Lamb, Judie Coleman, Paula Hawkes, Chris Reizenman, Barbara Coen, Jim Masters, Ann Whitman, Connie Williams, Pamela Stevens, Donna Roper, Lorraine Kelman, Lynn Dooley and Karen Weeks.

You can find all things election, including links to recordings of forums on ourVoter Information Page


Again, thanks and gratitude to those who have stepped up to make this all happen!

Youth Outreach Programs
Lynn Dooley, Coordinator
The Youth Outreach team has been busy this election season. They will have been in 16 classes by Oct. 19. and have done 12 just at Analy. The total students registered with registration forms hand delivered to the Registrar of Voters so far is 140 and they still have 5 classes to do at Analy and 2 at Roseland Prep. Some students want to mail forms themselves so they actually registered more but don’t count them in the tally. In every case they have been invited back next year. Thank you to all involved!

This program will not end with the election. It will pick up again in January 2023.

If you are interested in joining the program, reach out to Lynn Dooley

Library Visits

As this edition of The Voter goes out, League members, Carolyne Sybelle, Chris Riezenman, Debbie McKay, Nancy Richards, Nan Butterworth, and Paula Hawkes, are talking to youth at seven of our Sonoma County Library branches. We are meeting with16-24 year-olds about the importance of voting, how the voting process works, and finding reliable information. We register and pre-register those who have not yet registered to vote and explain the new Voter’s Choice program in Sonoma County.


Message from Our President
Donna Roper

Here is a reminder for what you can do in this election season. The results of this year’s elections will be felt for a long time to come.

Here are eight ways YOU can help make sure this election year matters:

  1. Check your voter registrationand ask at least five friends to do the same. If you’ve moved or changed your name since the last time you voted, you most likely need to update your registration record. Don’t wait until it’s too late: check your status now.
  2. Find out where the candidates standon the issues that matter most to you. Access and check to see who is on your ballot, what they stand for, and what options you have for voting.
  3. Sign up tojoin the election workforce! Our elections depend on thousands of people working to staff and secure them every year. If you have time to spare,sign up as a poll worker. It’s a paid gig!
  4. Put your money to usefor democracy! Support brands that value civic engagement and voting.
  5. Know a young person, new citizen, or someone else who will be voting for the first time?Walk them through the processto help make sure they're prepared.
  6. Find out who’s funding the ballot propositions and other basic information by viewing our YouTube video on Pros and
  7. Learn about our nation’s historic – and persistent– struggle for voting rights, thenget involved in organizations whose mission you believe in.
  8. Seriously,Voter’s Edgehas everything you and your friends need to successfully cast your votes this year.Spread the word!

Info fromLWV National office

Help us" Adopt a Room"
By Debbie McKay
Adopt a Room
By participating in the Adopt a Room program our League is helping to coordinate the purchase of items needed to set up the living space in two units of a 60-unit interim housing site for residents experiencing homelessness. The new Labath Landing complex will house its residents in modular rooms, and will provide several common and outdoor areas. It is intended that residents of the facility will stay for periods of about six months, during which time they will have access to on-site case management, mental health services, job training, and other forms of support to help them get back on their feet and find permanent housing.

We started with the idea of furnishing one room, but League members have been so generous, that we will be able to furnish two rooms with a few more donations to complete the list of items needed. Cash donations are still needed to cover the cost of large items such as the two bed frames and mattresses.

There are several ways to participate--

  • Purchase items needed from an approved list
  • Make a cash donation for other furnishings (You chose the amount)
  • Volunteer 3 hours of your time to clean and set up the rooms

To see more aboutyour choicesand to sign up to help go to

Help give someone a new start and a safe place to live.

For cash donations: Please send a check made payable to the League. We will collect all the cash donations and then our Treasurer, Linda Rosen,will write one check to the property management company. We are asking members to write "adopt a room" on the memo section of their check and mail it to 555 Fifth St., Suite 300 O.


For the items being donated: Either drop off the item(s) at Debbie Mc Kay’s house by October 20th or contact her to pick up the item(s) the week of October 17th. We will set up the room on October 22nd.


If you have questions about how to help or need to arrange drop-off/pickup of your items, please send an email to Debbie Mc

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Non-partisan Party Animals since 1920
A great time was had by all at our recent social. Our thanks to Equality Vines for hosting this event.
EV Party 1
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LWVSC Calendar


Coming Events

Check theOnline Calendarfor the latest schedule

and for location or links to virtual meetings.



  • Ballot Measure Pros and Cons, Youth Registration,numerous meetings, checkcalendarfor latest details
  • Silent SentinelEvent--October 29th, 10-12,Santa Rosa Courthouse Square -- 3rdStreet side (See article above)

Standing Meetings

  • Board of Directors,1st Saturday of the month from 10:30 AM to Noon.
  • Advocacy Committee-1st Wednesday of the month from 10:00 AM to Noon
  • Voter Service Committee- 1stThursday of the month from 2:00 to 3:00 PM
  • Book Group: 3rd Thursday of the month from 10:30 AM to Noon


Leona Judson, VP

Here are a few highlights of what is happening with our areas of emphasis:

Criminal Justice-Carrie Anabo follows the monthly meetings of the Citizen Advisory Committee of IOLERO. IOLERO now has a new executive director, and they recently hired a community engagement manager. With these key people in place, IOLERO can now be more effective investigating complaints. Our board sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors asking that they renegotiate the MOU between the labor unions & IOLERO and tothe sheriff’s office to allow IOLERO to perform their duties as provided under Measure P.

Housing-Therese Scherrer recently reviewed the Point in Time findings, the annual homeless count, with the committee. There were 2,893 individuals counted, a 5% increase from last year. The good news is there were fewer families. The bad news is that 69% are chronically homeless for a year or more. Homelessness is not going away anytime soon. On another front, Rohnert Park through the DignityMoves organization is soon to open a 60-unit facility for the the homeless. League members have an opportunity to help furnish these room. Read more about that in the Adopt A Room article in this issue.

Climate Change- Jan Randall, our subcommittee chair has been helping us focus on the many issues that the county faces regarding climate change. Our board sent a letter to the board of supervisors recommending changes in the current draft of the well drilling ordinance. The BoS just passed a 6-month moratorium on most well drilling. Jan is also working on a proposed letter regarding revisions in the county tree ordinance. Trees are an important tool for carbon sequestration, and many native species are adversely affected by drought.

We welcome members to check out our advocacy committee that meets monthly on the first Wednesday each month at 10 AM.


October 16, ModeratedbySukey Robb-Wilder

Hidden Valley Road:Inside the Mind of an American Familyby Robert Kolker,400 pages,April 2020.


Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don's work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their twelve children perfectly spanned the baby boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins--aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, domestic harmony--and they worked hard to play their parts. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden shocking violence, hidden abuse. By the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after another, were diagnosed as schizophrenic. How could all this happen to one family?What took place inside the house on Hidden Valley Road was so extraordinary that the Galvins became one of the first families to be studied by the National Institute of Mental Health. Their story offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia, from the era of institutionalization, lobotomy, and the schizophrenogenic mother to the search for genetic markers for the disease, always amid profound disagreements about the nature of the illness itself. And unbeknownst to the Galvins, samples of their DNA informed decades of genetic research that continues today, offering paths to treatment, prediction, and even eradication of the disease for future generations.


November 17: Choose books for 2023. This is a great chance to discuss all the many great books out there. Be thinking about what you would like to recommend.

Debbie McKay, Sectreary


Financial Report: The Board reviewed the end of the year report for 2021-2022 andwe had small a net profit, which will go into our reserves account.Lynn Dooley, who is coordinating the Pros & Cons presentations this year, asked that funds be set aside to pay someone to do the Zoom hosting for the numerous Pros & Cons presentations we will be doing this fall. She is requesting a similar amount from the League of Marin County. Corine Newman, who is experienced in accounting, will look at our financial records for the previous fiscal year and she will issue a letter regarding her review



A bequest fromNancy Burrington’s family will be used to fund an SSU student intern from the Political Science department to work on membership.


Social:Donna Roper reported that Equality Vines has agreed we may hold a social at their tasting room in Guerneville on Sunday, October 9thfrom 3 – 5 pm. They will provide wine and munchies.


Advocacy:The Board agreed to send a letter regarding IOLERO to the Board of Supervisors requesting that the Board follow the provision of measure P, which is inhibited by the contract negotiated with the sheriff deputies.


So. Co. Transportation AuthorityRepresentative: Max Bridges has volunteered to serve on the Sonoma County Transportation Authority Citizens Advisory Committee, replacing Will Richards who served for many years.


Club Express Training: Juanita Roland will be providing training for Board members after each board meeting on the Club Express system. Email blasts, news article, and events were identified as the most needed training.


GOTV:Lynn Dooley and Donna Roper are working on ads to place in local newspapers. They shared mockups of several ads. By consensus the Board selected the “Your Vote is Your Voice” ad. The same slogan may be used to make T-shirts and “window clings” to put on vehicles.


Position Descriptions: New member Robin Bramhill has volunteered to look over all our positions descriptions to make then accurate and more uniform.


Next Mtg: November 5th 10:30 am via Zoom.


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Donna Roper, President
Lee Lipinski, VP Administration
Leona Judson, VP Advocacy
Debbie McKay, Secretary
Linda Rosen, Treasurer
Judie Coleman, Membership
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Karen Weeks. Therese Scherrer, Voter Service
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Juanita Roland, Web, Communications
Jim Masters, Member at Large

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