Voting Rights

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.

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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 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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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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