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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BOCC Meeting – July

Joyce Smookler
Joyce Smookler, Observer Corps Chair, read a statement on behalf of LWVPBC informing the Board of our support for restoration of voting rights for felons and encouraging all present to sign a petition in favor of our position. She also shared the news that LWVPBC is the 3rd largest league in the US.

The statement, prepared by President, Karen Wilkerson, will be read at all Board & Commission meetings attended by the Observer Corps members this month. Our goal is to keep elected officials aware of our activities. A different statement will be read each month.…

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Delray woman works to restore ex-felons’ voting rights

Delray woman works to restore ex-felons' voting rights

Joan Thurman, of Tampa, and Arlene Ustin, right, attended the National Conference for the National Organization for Women July 2 in Orlando. They were gathering petitions to get a constitutional amendment to restore ex-felons’ voting rights on the 2018 state ballot. (Arlene Ustin/Courtesy)

Delray Beach resident Arlene Ustin proudly declares her love for the United States and its freedoms.She also works tirelessly to gather signatures on a petition for a constitutional amendment to restore the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence, including parole or probation. She has been collecting signatures since 2014…  read more   http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/delray-beach/fl-drf-rights-0712-20170711-story.html

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Protect the Vote! Promote the Vote!

Protect the Vote! Promote the Vote!

July 9, 2017

Next edition of the Newsletter- July 30

STATE OF THE STATE

THE VOTE

Modern western democracies are based on certain premises:
  • every citizen of voting-age should have an unobstructed right to vote
  • citizens have a duty to participate in the political system by voting and doing so thoughtfully
  • leaders are selected at elections by the majority of voters

That is how electoral democracy is supposed to function at the most basic level.  Of course, from the beginnings of this nation, each of these premises had major caveats: from denial of the right to vote to women until 1920 to effectively making the exercise of the vote for Blacks impossible (especially in the south) until 1965.   The Electoral College “insulated” the choice of the President from …

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Immigration

IMMIGRATION

On June 13, members and friends met at the Palm Beach Post Building to hear an evening Why Courts Matter presentation on the Role of the Courts in Immigration. Attorney Jackie Delgado provided a history of immigration in the United States and, also, explained the present systems that pertain to family sponsorships, “dreamers,” backlog of citizenship applications, etc.

 

This was the first in our 2017 series of Why Courts Matter. To view the entire presentation, please go to the LWVPBC’s Facebook page at   https://www.facebook.com/pg/LWVPBC/videos

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Voting Rights Updates- June 2017

Voting Rights Updates- June 2017

Lots of great articles about so many voting rights issues.  Don’t miss the Times article about Kris Kobach, the inspiration for the Voter Fraud inquiry.  -Nancy


Automatic voter registration-

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/democracy/reports/2017/06/07/433677/votes-automatic-voter-registration/

 

Increasing Voter Turnout for 2018 and Beyond-

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/opinion/increasing-voter-turnout-2018.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region®ion=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region&_r=0

 

Hiring people with criminal records is good business-

https://www.citylab.com/crime/2017/06/the-case-for-hiring-ex-offenders/529896/?utm_source=atldaily061517-2&utm_source=nl-atlantic-daily-061517

 

Follow up to our recent Why Courts Matter presentation on Immigration: Denaturalization threat-
League Joins Amicus in Maslenjak v. United States

The League joined an amicus in Maslenjak v. United States. The case will be argued at the U.S. Supreme Court on April 26, 2017. The brief argues that the Sixth Circuit’s holding—that any knowing false statement or omission can be grounds for denaturalization and criminal prosecution—would have dire consequences for naturalized citizens, significantly discourage lawful immigrants …

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Why Courts Matter: Courts and Immigration

Why Courts Matter: Courts and Immigration

WHY COURTS MATTER: THE ROLE OF THE COURTS IN IMMIGRATION

By Nancy Cohen

Do you realize how important a fully functioning federal court system equipped to safeguard the rights of all Americans is to you?  The League, along with its co-sponsors, has again received mini-grants from Progress Florida Education Institute (PFEI) to educate and raise awareness on the impact of federal courts on important issues.

We start with a burning issue: Immigration.

Jacqueline Delgado, daughter of Cuban immigrants and an active immigration lawyer, will speak about The Role of the Courts in Immigration.  Learn how the courts and federal court decisions have affected the trajectory of this important issue and how tax and economic policy affect immigration policy. Read an interesting article on the subject of Immigration and

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Video: Miami Rights | May 10, 2017 Pt. 3 | Full Frontal on TBS

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Voting Rights Coalition- May Newsletter

Voting Rights Coalition- May Newsletter

By Nancy Cohen, Co-chair              

The Voting Rights Coalition is an active engaged group who study, educate and advocate about voting rights and who are guided by our League U.S. position:

The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed.

We are focused on:

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Breaking News: Restoring The Vote

Breaking News: Restoring The Vote

The Florida Supreme Court gave approval on April 20, 2017 for ballot language for a proposed amendment to the Florida state constitution that would automatically restore the right to vote for persons with past felony convictions.  Florida is one of four states with a lifetime ban on voting.  Restoring the vote and a constitutional amendment to achieve the same is a 2017 legislative priority of the Florida League of Women Voters.

Click the links below to read more.

https://aclufl.org/2017/04/20/aclu-statement-on-florida-supreme-court-approving-voting-rights-restoration-ballot-language/

 

Here is a related article by one of our favorite columnists, Frank Cerabino.

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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.

For more info or to …

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