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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Ellen Freidin speaks in May

Ellen Freidin will speak at our May 6th Brunch.

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Two Awards at Summit


Felon Rights Restoration
Leaders of Effort: Nancy Cohen, Linda Geller-Schwartz, Mary Jane Range, Mark Schneider

In 2013 the original PBC League Voting Rights committee had grown into a county-wide coalition of groups and individuals. They chose to work with ACLU on the restoration of Felon Voting Rights as their priority issue for action.

Their first focus was to educate the public on the issue.

  • To this point they did in-depth research,
  • created a powerpoint presentation for the local League Speakers Bureau (and later used by the state and other local Leagues in Florida),
  • prepared interesting handout materials,
  • held public meetings in which felons spoke about the problems they still endured after paying their debt to society, etc.
  • expanded the coalition to
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Article- Playing Politics with the 2020 Census

President Drumpf is playing politics with the 2020 Census. It could backfire.

Trying to scare immigrants away from the census could end up hurting Republicans.

By Judith Giesberg – January 12, 2018
Judith Giesberg is professor of history at Villanova University, where she specializes in the Civil War era.

Read the Washington Post article.

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Census takers will help shape U.S. politics for a decade, making their work both vital and intensely political. (Gerald Martineau/The Washington Post)

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Florida’s 1.5 Million Missing Voters

Florida’s 1.5 Million Missing VotersBy THE EDITORIAL BOARD

JAN. 2, 2018

Everyone remembers that the 2000 presidential election was decided by 537 votes in Florida. Far fewer remember another important number from the state that year – 620,000, the Floridians who were barred from voting because state records showed, correctly or not, they had been convicted of a felony.


Continue reading the NY Times article…

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Voter Registrations Coincide With ACA Enrollment Events

The Voter Services committee will be piggybacking Voter Registration drives with ACA Enrollment events at local libraries from now through December 13th. The schedule is as follows:

11/29 – Okeechobee Branch – 4:30 – 7:30 -pm
12/2 – Okeechobee Branch – 11 am – 3 pm
12/4 – Tequesta Branch – 3:45 – 5:30 pm
12/6 – Okeechobee Branch – 4:30 – 7:30 pm
12/8 – Glades Branch – Boca Raton – 12 – 4 pm
12/10 – Wellington Branch – 12 – 4 pm
12/11 – Tequesta Branch – 3:45 – 5:30 pm
12/12 – Lantana Branch – 4 – 7 pm
12/13 – Okeechobee Branch – 4:30 – 7:30 pm

Registration Contact: Pam Maldonado,  305-873-4239,


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Why Courts Matter- You Be the Judge- Video

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Online Voter Registration: Susan Bucher

Susan Bucher, Online Voter RegistrationPalm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher will speak at the Voting Rights Coalition meeting on Thursday November 2 at 2 pm at Compass, 201 North Dixie, Lake Worth.

Susan will discuss the rollout of Florida Online Voter Registration and answer your questions about third party agents such as LWV using the system to register new voters, the necessity to supply full social security number, and rollout status. She will bring us up to date with her and Florida SOEs’ legislative priorities for the upcoming 2018 session.

Read the PDF: Palm Beach County Safe and Secure Elections.

We will also talk about some important of voting rights issues:

  • Russian meddling in our elections
  • 2nd chance: Voting Restoration Amendment campaign
  • National Popular Vote campaign

No need to register,

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Banish the Ghost of Jim Crow

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The state still disenfranchises more of its eligible voters than any other—but this year, it has the chance to change that.

Conor Friedersdorf • Oct 3, 2017

Next year, Florida voters may finally right a wrong first perpetrated 150 years ago by racist state legislators who were  desperate to deny equality to African Americans. Voters may enfranchise almost 1.6 million fellow Floridians; or they may retain an approach that long-dead white supremacists conceived to disenfranchise blacks, an approach that is still spectacularly successful at diluting their political power.

This particular historical evil began after the Civil War, when whitesupremacist legislatures were resisting efforts to treat blacks as fellow humans with equal rights and dignity.

Though attempts …

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Hot Topic: Nancy Abudu – Guest Speaker

Nancy AbuduNancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations, ACLU of Florida presented The Impact Federal Courts Decisions Have on our Daily Lives to an appreciative audience on Wednesday, September 20.

Dr. Abudu, prior to becoming Legal Director of ACLU of Florida, served as senior staff counsel with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. She provided a detailed overview of voting rights challenges in states across the country, and stressed that the League continues to play a critical role in voting rights issues in front of the courts.  She spoke at length about Voting Rights challenges in Florida, which has plenty of problems of its own.

The Voting Rights Act (VRA) and particularly Section V (preclearance) of the VRA underlay voting rights regulation nationwide; since Section V was overruled in 2014 many …

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Prominent Republicans Urge Supreme Court to End Gerrymandering


Supreme Court- Gerrymandering Case

The Supreme Court, which has never struck down an election map as a political gerrymander, will hear arguments on Oct. 3 in a case challenging the voting districts for Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled State Assembly. Credit: Jared Soares for The New York Times


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