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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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

Will Florida Banish the Ghost of Jim Crow?Will Florida Banish the Ghost of Jim Crow?

Go to The Atlantic.com

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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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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