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National News & Advocacy Edited from The League Update of 9 May 2019
This Spring Was Full of Victories for Democracy Transparency in lawmaking was preserved in Wisconsin, fair maps won out in Michigan and Ohio, and a discriminatory voter roll purge was reversed in Texas. We are hopeful and expectant that this trend of democracy wins will continue through to June, when we will hear a decision in our Supreme Court gerrymandering case, League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Rucho.
LWV Tennessee Files Litigation to Overcome Bad Voter Registration Law LWV Tennessee has filed litigation in federal district court in Nashville to challenge the new 3rd party voter registration law that imposes substantial penalties on groups like LWV that foster political participation through voter registration drives. LWV is represented by ACLU, Campaign Legal Center, and the Fair Elections Center and is joined by several co-plaintiffs, including American Muslim Advisory Council, Mid-South Peach & Justice Center, Rock the Vote, and Spread the Vote. Read our press release.
League Wins Redistricting Litigation in Battleground States Recently, a federal district court in Ohio ruled in favor of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, invalidating the 2011 redistricting maps. Read more about this win in our press release. Another federal district court ruled in favor of LWV Michigan by invalidating the congressional and state legislative redistricting plans in Michigan. Ultimately, both cases were egregious attempts to disenfranchise voters, but LWV is winning in court 5:1, and this is all due to the amazing work Leagues are doing across the country. Thank you!
Voters Protected Against Illegal Voter Purse in Texas The League of Women Voters of Texas and other civil rights groups reached a settlement with Texas state officials last month to end the discriminatory purging of the state’s voter rolls. The settled lawsuit was raised in opposition to a purge effort in January that was based on a flawed list of possible non-U.S. citizens. The purge included thousands of naturalized citizens who were eligible to vote. Read our press release.
Automatic Voter Registration Passes in Colorado Lawmakers in Colorado passed legislation last week expanding automatic voter registration in the state. The new bill would expand ways to automatically register Colorado residents to vote and would implement an opt-out process for those who don’t wish to be included. Read our tweet announcing the win! News of the Week
LWV of Texas president Grace Chimene was featured, along with member Maxine Barkan, in a Texas Public Radio project entitled 100 Years: Voices Of Women Voters. Grace explains how becoming more civically engaged led her to the League.
The state legislature in Minnesota is running out of time to spend federal funds on the state's election security. In response, LWV MN executive director Michelle Witte penned an informative op-ed on the need to ensure election security in Minnesota.
In light of the League's redistricting win in Ohio last week, a 2017 report from LWV OH and Common Cause OH detailing legislators' behind-the-scenes gerrymandering efforts adds context to why the court called the maps a “partisan gerrymander [that] was intentional and effective and that no legitimate justification accounts for its extremity.”
California News & Advocacy Edited from LWVC email of 01 Mar 2019
Who: Attendance at Convention is open to everyone; we encourage all members to attend and are eager for the public to come learn about the League. We ask that you extend invitations to your friends and contacts.
Purpose of Convention The purpose of Convention is to inspire and empower Californians to increase their active and informed participation in civic life. Come meet passionate people from across the state who are making democracy work!
Read more about speakers, workshops, special activities, and more on the LWV of California website. A range of activities is available to suit any schedule or budget, from investing in a full three-day registration to treating yourself to a special pre-Convention event. Check out your options now—early bird registration begins today, March 1, and ends on April 30. The Westin Pasadena Hotel is offering a special room rate of $179 per night—but you must book by April 30 to secure this rate. Visit the Convention website to book online, or you can call the hotel and mention the LWVC Convention. Don’t get caught without a room by waiting until the last minute; rooms may sell out before that date!
The California State Board has set aside a scholarship fund to help reduce barriers for those who would otherwise be unable to attend Convention. We have a limited amount of funding, so applicants are encouraged to submit as soon as possible. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis.
Business of Convention This is the first call to Convention 2019 as required by the LWVC bylaws, Article IX, Section 8. The LWVC Bylaws govern the composition and business of the convention. Our bylaws direct us (See Article IX, Sec. 5) to:
Elect officers, directors, and members of the nominating committee for the 2019-2021 biennium (Article IX, Sec. 5)
Adopt a budget for the 2019-2021 fiscal years (Article VIII, Sec. 2)
Adopt program for 2019-2021 (Article XI)
Adopt amendments to the bylaws as needed (Article XII)
Voting Delegates Attending as a voting delegate is an exciting honor and a responsibility. If you are interested in attending as a voting delegate, speak with your local League or Inter-League Organization (ILO) board immediately. Voting delegates to the convention are detailed in Article IX, Sections 2 and 4:
Each local League and ILO is entitled to send its president, or an alternate in the event the president is unable to attend. The president of a member-at-large unit may attend as a nonvoting member.
In addition, each local League is entitled to delegates in proportion to its membership numbers as reported in the LWVUS database on January 31, 2019.
Member-at-large unit members may attend as nonvoting members.