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Issue 3

Next meeting is Sept. 10 2-3 p.m.
Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St., Beaverton, Vose Room

View the agenda here
Minutes from Aug. 6th meeting here
We had our first booth at the Hillsboro Farmer's Market August 25th and it was a blast!
Josie Koehne and Kathleen Hersh staffed the table and Amelia Nestler biked over from her house to help set up, including hanging our new banner. It was a perfect summer day and we met quite a few people who were very fun to talk to and who had a number of interests and concerns ranging from money in politics to a woman's right to choose to learning more about local candidates. Seventeen new people signed up for our newsletter! Kathleen and Josie took turns buying berries, Turkish taffy, caramel popcorn, veggies and flowers for our table. It was a fun day! We hope to get more volunteers to staff the table at future Saturday farmers markets, telling folks about our Washington County Unit, the upcoming Forum, and registering people to vote!
MIDTERM ELECTION FORUM OCT. 11TH

Our unit is once again partnering with the Washington County Public Affairs Forum to host an evening election forum featuring candidates on the Nov. 6th ballot!
The forum will feature questions for the two candidates for Chair of the County Board of Commissioners, Kathryn Harrington and Bob Terry, as well as both sides of Measure 105, which asks voters to approve a repeal of Oregon's Sanctuary Law.
The exact times of the event, to be held at the Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St., were still being ironed out as of press time for this newsletter. Look for details on our Facebook page and website soon. If you are interested in staffing the League table or collecting audience questions that evening, please email lwvoregonwashcounit@gmail.com. 
Voter Registration Deadline is Oct. 16th!
Your civic must-do action of the month: Make sure at least one person you know checks their voter registration at www.oregonvotes.gov. Click on the My Vote button. For different reasons, voters sometimes get purged off the rolls so it's important to check before each registration deadline that you're in the system and getting a ballot. At this website you can also update your address, change your party affiliation and find ballot drop sites.
Brand new voters, 16 and older, can also register to vote at oregonvotes.gov by clicking on the Register to Vote button. 
Washington County Board of Commissioners
 
Unit co-chair Kathleen Hersh attended the Aug. 21st Board of Commissioner's meeting. This is not a closely-watched elected body thanks to sparse media coverage of Washington County. They regularly make important decisions that impact our daily lives. Read Kathleen's notes from the meeting here, and check out the volunteer form below if you are interested in attending or listening to a Commission meeting and reporting back in the future.
Volunteer Opportunities
We've updated the Volunteer Sign Up Form! From signing up new members and registering voters at the Farmer's Market to helping with THIS newsletter every month, there are lots of ways to help.
Some information on a few new opportunities:
Mock Election - This statewide program run by the state League has teachers from middle school to high school use curriculum provided by the League about how elections work and how to educate yourself as a voter. After completing the curriculum, students vote in a "Mock Election" the last week of October. Can you contact area schools to see if teachers are interested? More about the program
here
Public Affairs Forum - Our unit joined the Washington County Public Affairs Forum for the upcoming season. As a organization member, League members can ask questions of the speakers at each Forum program on Mondays from September through June. Can you attend and formulate questions for the League and report back?
Sign up for these great volunteer roles 
here!
Upcoming Civic Events
  • Sept. 6, Community Participation Organization 6, 7 p.m., Edwards Center, 4375 SW Edwards Place, Aloha. Topic: Agenda here.
  • Sept. 8, Quake Up!, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tigard Street Fair and Cafe Allegro, Main Street from SW Maplewood Dr. to SW Commercial St. Topic: Find out how to prepare for a big earthquake. More info here.
  • Sept. 10, Washington County Public Affairs Forum, noon at Coyotes Bar & Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, Hillsboro. Topic: Hillsboro City Council candidates and Senate district 15 candidates Chuck Riley and Alexander Flores.
  • Sept. 10, Community Participation Organization 7, 7 p.m., Bethany Presbyterian, 15505 NW Springville Road. Topic: Agenda here.
  • Sept. 11, Portland League of Women Voters, 7 p.m. at the Multnomah County Building, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Topic: Juvenile Justice: Are We Improving Outcomes for Youth? More information here.
  • Sept. 11, Community Participation Organization 1, 7 p.m. at Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman Road. Topic: Agenda here.
  • Sept. 11, Community Participation Organization 12C, 6:30 p.m., Free Orchards Elementary School library, 2499 S. Beech St., Cornelius. Topic: Agenda here.
  • Sept. 12, Community Participation Organization 13, 7 p.m., Visitation Parrish Center, 4317 NW Visitation Road, Forest Grove. Topic: House district 29 candidates Susan McLain and David Molina, and House district 30 representative Janeen Sollman.
Resources from the League
If you haven't renewed your League membership, you may be missing getting the latest Legislative Report or quarterly Voter newsletter in your inbox.  It's a great way to stay plugged in to what's going on in Salem! Membership also helps fund all the great resources the League offers the community and gives you a vote when we make decisions.
To stay up on the latest with our Washington County unit, be sure to "like" our Facebook page and bookmark our website!
If you haven't received your renewal notice in the mail by now, please let Kathleen know at hershor@gmail.com.
 
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