Voting Rights

Voting Rights

Voting Rights

League Policy: The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed.
Our coalition is made up of the Palm Beach County chapters of the League of Women Voters, National Council of Jewish Women, and American Civil Liberties Union.

The focus of the coalition is to:

  • To assure voting rights for all Florida citizens;
  • combat voter suppression in its many forms. We study redistricting and follow litigation, both national and in Florida. Gerrymandering of districts has made a joke of ‘one man, one vote’. Nationwide and in Florida, elected officials have drawn district lines to protect incumbents. These inequities are a major threat to our democracy;
  • advocate for passage of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Since
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Voting Rights Coalition

Voting Rights Coalition

By Nancy Cohen

What is NPVIC?
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) is an agreement among states to award all Electoral College votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote.

  • In 2 of the last 5 presidential elections the candidate who won the most votes did not become President
  • Your Florida vote is worth less than 1/3 of a vote in the least populous states

The Voting Rights Coalition is campaigning to change our system of electing the president. Learn about NPVIC: a Constitutional way to uphold the bedrock principle of one person, one vote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m-BUn8f7YA

The Voting Rights Coalition meets on the first Thursday of each month at 2 pm at Compass, 201 North Dixie, Lake Worth. Join us.

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Why Courts Matter Video Series

Why Courts Matter Video Series

Why Courts Matter Series – November 19, 2016

Click on the menu icon in the upper left corner of the video to see the entire video directory.

Speakers:

How Judicial Vacancies Impede Access to Justice- Nancy Abudu, Legal Director for the ACLU of Florida. The high number of judicial vacancies on the federal bench has led to significant delays, and sometimes outright denials, in the appellate context. Federal court vacancies were suddenly in the news after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death created a vacancy on the US Supreme Court. Much of what we hear focuses on landmark cases and constitutional challenges. But our country’s federal courts make rulings on virtually every issue that is important to Americans.

Anisha Singh is the Campaign Manager for Legal Progress at American Progress.

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Voting Rights Coalition- March Newsletter

Voting Rights Coalition- March Newsletter

Voting Rights Coalition–March Newsletter

Is it time for NPVIC?

The League of Women Voters believes the Electoral College is inequitable and undemocratic: it is inconsistent with the one-person one-vote bedrock principle of our democracy. The League adopted this position in 1970.

  • The candidate who won the most votes did not win the election in 2 of the last 5 presidential elections.
  • Your Florida vote is worth less than 1/3 a vote in the least populous states.

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) is an ingenious agreement among states to award all Electoral College votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote.

10 states and the District of Columbia have signed on, totaling 165 electoral votes. NPVIC does not become effective until states totaling 270 electoral

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You Be the Judge Event

You Be the Judge Event

You Be the Judge

On February 21, members of the League, NCJW, ACLU, and Palm Beach County citizens gathered at Compass Community Center to experience what it means to be a judge, to deliberate on a religious freedom case, and to learn why it is so important to have good judges on the federal bench.

Deb Chandler explained the structure of Federal Courts and the facts of a case which centered on religious freedom. Attendees then broke into small groups, or “judicial benches,” to consider the case. After the findings of each “bench” was presented, Deb revealed the actual decisions of both the District and the Appeal courts. (Yes, the District Court’s decision was overturned!)

Caroline Ostro of NCJWs National office in Washington explained the critical importance of …

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Justice Barbara J. Pariente

Justice Barbara J. Pariente

Justice ParienteSAVE THE DATE!

  • Sunday April 23, 2017
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Boulevard, Lake Worth, Florida
  • $35 (Includes lunch) if registered at least 10 days in advance
  • $45 for later registration
  • Register online.

JUSTICE BARBARA J. PARIENTE

“Current and Future Challenges facing Florida’s Judiciary”
Justice Pariente has served on the Florida Supreme Court since 1998 and was elected as Chief Justice from 2004 through 2006. She was the second woman to have been appointed to the Supreme Court. Concerned about increasingly political attacks on the judiciary, she has been active in the National Association of Women Judges’ Informed Voters – Fair Judges Project (IVP), which is a non-partisan voter education project designed to educate voters about the importance of a fair and impartial …

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Selection of the President

Selection of the President

Amid all this political foment, lets keep our eyes on one way to make positive change for the future:

PASS THE NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE INTERSTATE COMPACT.

NPVIC is the only system proposed that:

  • makes all states competitive
  • makes every vote count
  • guarantees that the candidate with the most votes nationwide win the presidency
  • pushes presidential candidates to adopt agendas that unite voters
  • would NOT require an amendment to the US Constitution

Selection of the PresidentSELECT THE PRESIDENT

The League’s History

A League study of the presidential electoral process culminated in a 1970 position supporting direct election of the President by popular vote as essential to representative government. The League testified and lobbied for legislation to amend the Constitution to replace the Electoral College with direct election of the President, including …

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ELECTORAL COLLEGE

ELECTORAL COLLEGE

By Nancy Cohen, Voting Rights Coalition

The Electoral College makes a mockery of our one-person one-vote principles:

  • The candidate who won the most votes did not win the election in two of the last five presidential elections.
  • our vote in Florida is worth less than 1/3 a vote in the least populous states—this is small state bias.
  • Battleground states get all the action: Presidential campaigns concentrate on battleground states; battleground states receive disproportionate funding, more federal grants, more favors, and more attention.
  • State winner-take-all laws adversely affect governance: under winner-take-all rules, a slim majority of voters can control 100% of a state’s electors, leaving everyone else effectively without representation, leading to decreased voter turnout, under-voting, no-choice elections, and disenfranchisement of voters.

In 2006 Hendrik Hertzberg wrote in The

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Hot Topic Luncheons 2017 Update

Hot Topic Luncheons 2017 Update

Luncheon Information:

Our popular monthly luncheons continue in 2017!

Rita Thrasher

Rita Thrasher

March 15 – Updates on Mental Health Issues in Palm Beach County
Speaker: Rita Thrasher, Chairman of PBC Action Alliance for Mental Health

Rita has emerged as an impassioned, bold and brave community leader with a “loud voice” in advocating and rallying for increased awareness, understanding, acceptance and education to assist agencies and schools in Palm Beach County in breaking the deafening silence that keeps those in need of help from asking for or pursuing it.
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Coming up:

April 19 – Annual Meeting Followed by Luncheon, Kevin Wagner, Speaker on Today’s Politics    Learn more…

Cost Increase:
We are happy to report that our luncheons will continue at the Atlantis Country Club which provides us …

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You Be the Judge

You Be the Judge

we need nineKeeping a court seat vacant for political reasons should not become the norm!

As a follow up to our Why Courts Matter series, we invite you to participate in
You Be the Judge

Tuesday, February 21, 1:30 pm -4:00 pm
Compass, 201 North Dixie, Lake Worth

No charge but Attendance limited
Reservations required- contact Nancy Cohen, nancyecohen1@icloud.com

An interactive activity that helps you understand that courts matter now more than ever.
NY Times.com- Opinion, Sunday- What the Chief Justice Should Have Said

VOTING RIGHTS COALITION

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