October 3: LWVUS Fall Webinar on Independent Redistricting

The League of Women Voters is leading the way for independent redistricting across the country and we invite you to join us to learn more during our Fall Leaders for Democracy Webinar on October 3rd at 2pm ET.  Representative democracy depends on voters freely choosing their elected officials, not elected officials choosing them. The League works to promote transparent and accountable redistricting processes and to end hyper-partisan practices that don’t benefit constituents.   

LWV leaders will report on their work on this issue including: Chris Carson, President; Wylecia Wiggs Harris, CEO; Carrie L. Davis, Executive Director, LWV of Ohio; Lloyd Leonard, Strategic Advisor to the CEO. 

For more information, or to register, please go to http://forum.lwv.org/blog/october-2017-leaders-democracy-webinar

LWVUS: Join the protest in New Hampshire on Tuesday against the Election Integrity Commission

As many of you already know, on Tuesday, Sept. 12,  the Pence-Kobach sham Election Integrity Commission will meet at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. 

This Commission has one goal in mind: laying the groundwork for voter suppression by purging eligible voters from the rolls.  There are no tickets left to attend the session itself, but you can help voice the League’s objections to the Election “Integrity” Commission’s work .

Plan to join the protest before the session from 8 to 10 a.m. at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, St. Anslem College, 100 St. Anslem Drive, Manchester.  Wear League pins and t-shirts if you have them.  Bring signs.

Information about the protest is here

Let’s make it clear we oppose this commission’s bogus mission!

 

If you can’t protest, you can watch the meeting streaming live HERE: https://www.whitehouse.gov/live

National LWV Immigrant Discussion Group Forming

As immigration reform becomes a priority issue in the League and in our nation, a new LWV online discussion group has been formed to discuss immigration issues. Join to learn what’s happening on immigration issues all across our nation. To receive an invitation to join the group, please contact Linda Wassenich or Meredith Machen.

LWV Statement on Trump’s “Election Integrity Commission”

From the League of Women Voters of the United States:

Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to reports that President Trump will announce an election commission to investigate false claims of widespread voter fraud in American elections:

“President Trump’s ‘Election Integrity Commission’ is an unnecessary distraction from the real work to protect against foreign hacking and interference in our electoral process. The real purpose of this effort is to justify President Trumps’ false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 elections.

“This effort begins with a deep credibility gap. Commission members’ views on elections are well known and have been discredited as political ideologues with dangerous agendas. This is part of a wider effort to suppress the vote, keep certain politicians in power, and undermine our elections by spreading falsehoods.

“Today’s announcement is just another distraction from the real issues and we expect that any findings or recommendations from this Commission will only be used to make it harder for people to vote in the future.

“The White House is attempting to bury this Commission at a time when the nation and Congress are consumed with this administration’s own Russia scandal.

“The real problems with our electoral system are the suppressive laws that prevent eligible voters from access to the ballot. False claims of voter fraud have been used to push through more restrictive voting laws including voter ID, proof of citizenship requirements and limiting or reducing early voting opportunities.

“This administration is laying the groundwork to usher in widespread discrimination in our systems of voting and manipulate our democracy.

Join LWV at the D.C. Climate March on April 29th

The League is excited to participate in the 2017 People’s Climate March on April 29 in Washington, DC.

We will march to advance solutions to the climate crisis and demand answer from members of Congress. If you are planning to attend the March in Washington, please let the League know by filling out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSce_II3SUz10CHktqplNhYomlXTGgMwMfN0-tPzN4fONcnhDA/viewform?usp=sf_link

We hope to see you in DC on April 29 or at a Sister March! Questions may be directed to Emily Yost (eyost@lwv.org).

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