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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NPVIC

1 plus 1 map -NPVICBy Carol Nikov

Do you think your Florida vote for the President should be weighted less than some other states? WE DON’T!!! If you agree—help us!

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact Committee is actively looking for dedicated volunteers. Help us effect a statewide legislative campaign for passage of this important legislation being introduced in the  legislative session.

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact insures that Floridian votes for President and Vice President count just as much as votes cast by all other US citizens. Given the structure of the compact, we are already more than halfway to our goal of nationwide popular voting!

The goal of our committee is to get the NPVIC passed by the Florida State Legislature. Volunteers will help with tasks such as contacting …

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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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Is the Electoral College Doomed?- Politico

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Is the Electoral College Doomed- Politico

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National Popular Vote

National Popular VoteBy Nancy Cohen

The Electoral College system is a disincentive to voting:

people believe their vote for President doesn’t count.

And for good reason.

Your Florida vote is only worth 1/3 of a vote in a less populous state.

Winner Take All practices give tiny majorities all the Electoral Votes.

Is there a solution?

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) would make all votes count equally.  And it would encourage Presidential candidates to listen to all points of view.

Learn about NPVIC:

https://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000001821730/electoral-college-101.html

Join the Voting Rights Coalition and come to our next meeting:

Thursday October 5 at 2 pm, Compass, 201 North Dixie, Lake Worth

More Info:

Nancy Cohen  –  nancyecohen1@icloud.com  –  561 842 2499

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Partners in Voter Suppression

Disturbing news from Ohio and the Justice Department:

Partners in Voter Suppression – The New York Times

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Brennan Center for Justice Reports

Democracy In North Carolina Could Disappear. Is Your State Next? | Brennan Center for Justice

‘State legislatures are increasingly experimenting with anti-democratic electoral laws, like new restrictions on voting access and extreme gerrymandering.’ Chilling voting rights news from Brennan.
http://www.brennancenter.org/blog/democracy-north-carolina-could-disappear-your-state-next

The only states where voter’s voters count in Presidential elections?

us swing states

Brennan Center for Justice
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Nancy Abudu- Bio

Nancy Abudu, ACLUNancy Abudu joined the ACLU of Florida as the Legal Director in 2013.  Prior to becoming Legal Director, Nancy served as senior staff counsel with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project where she litigated civil rights cases in federal and state courts, and provided legal advice to ACLU affiliates around the country, cooperating attorneys, and others seeking assistance and information on issues such as felon disfranchisement, redistricting, challenges to photo ID and proof of citizenship laws, and general enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

She began her legal career as an associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York in the Products Liability/Mass Tort department. During her time with the firm, she was also a Skadden Extern with the Legal Aid Society of

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Hot Topics- Why Courts Matter

Hot Topics- Why Courts Matter

Why Courts Matter: Nancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations, ACLU of Florida:

The Impact Federal Courts Decisions have on our daily Lives

 

  • Wednesday, September 20th
  • 11 am-1 pm
  • Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Boulevard, Lake Worth
  • Nancy Abudu’s Bio

 

Decisions of the federal courts have an enormous impact on so many aspects of our daily lives, from the civil rights we experience, to our right to health care, to our religious freedoms.

Voting rights issues remain in the forefront, as we continue to discuss allegations of voter fraud and voter suppression, launch efforts to repeal felon disfranchisement laws and gear up for the 2020 redistricting cycle.  Recent federal court decisions regarding roll backs to early voting, the rejection of absentee ballots and the ID laws have …

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League Update: July 20, 2017

League Update: July 20, 2017

League July update

The League Update

July 20, 2017

Voting Rights advocates rally

VOTING RIGHTS ADVOCATES RALLY WITH PETITIONS AGAINST THE ‘ELECTION INTEGRITY’ COMMISSION

 

Dear Karen,

Yesterday, the Pence-Kobach ‘Election Integrity’ Commission met and we saw firsthand that this taskforce is set on making voting more difficult for voters. The League will NOT let this happen. We are out with an op-ed in the Kansas City Star and our petition has already reached more than 11,000 signers, who stand with us in saying, I will not let the Commission’s efforts to investigate voter fraud threaten my ability to exercise my right to vote. We have reached out to specific Secretaries of State who are on the Commission and in Indiana the League has joined a lawsuit objecting to the release of personal

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Suppress the American Vote

 

Dear Karen:

Voting brings us together as Americans—it is the one time we are all equal. But a new national task force, created to justify President Trump’s’Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 elections, is laying the groundwork for dangerous voter suppression across the country.

Don’t let a few select politicians suppress the votes of millions of Americans. Sign our petition today! 

The so-called ‘Election Integrity’ Commission, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is seeking to find potential fraudulent registration on voter rolls across the country. They’ve requested personal, confidential information from all fifty states that threatens the privacy of Americans.

There is no justification for this giant fishing expedition. Stand with the League against these dangerous

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