Days of Action

Days of Action

The League of Women Voters (LWV) Invites Everyone to Participate in a National Day of Action for Fair Redistricting on April 29, 2021. The People Powered Fair Maps Day of Action will be held to shine a light on the redistricting process and demand fair maps. Official redistricting actions will occur quickly after the release of Census data in the Fall of 2021. In preparation for that, we must begin to engage the public for redistricting. The National LWV is organizing a Day of Action that integrates digital and in-person tactics for LWV affiliates, partner organizations, and all other stakeholders. Leagues all over the country will be hosting a variety of local, state, and national events to begin to build public awareness and engagement around the redistricting process. We want to ensure that the public has a say in how our maps are drawn. We want to remind State Capitol

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Voting Rights Legislation 2021

by Linda Geller-Schwartz Co-Chair Voting Rights Coalition Now that a reformist administration is on the verge of being inaugurated in D.C., we can anticipate that some of the most urgent changes in national voting laws will have a chance of being implemented.  During the last Congress, two bills, H.R. 1, For the People’s Act and H.R.4, The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act were passed by the House of Representatives, but never taken up for consideration in the Senate.  With some modifications to address the problems that occurred during the 2020 Election, we know that both bills will be re-introduced during the 117th Congress. H.R.1, For the People Act is comprehensive voting legislation that would, inter alia, make voting easier and more accessible; lower barriers to running for office by addressing the problem of money in politics; and require independent redistricting commissions.   The Brennan Center calls it “historic legislation that

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Election Protection

By Voting Rights Coalition If you voted in person during Early Voting or on Election day, you might have seen our Election Protection poll monitors offering assistance to voters. The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (LWVPBC) was Palm Beach County’s lead for the national Election Protection program, in coalition with the ACLU and the National Council of Jewish Women. The program, which is coordinated by Common Cause, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under the Law, and State Voices, works to ensure that every eligible voter can exercise his or her right to vote. Central to the Election Protection program is a National Voting Hotline (866-OUR-VOTE). Staffed by trained lawyers, the hotline provides service in 26 languages and is available 24 hours to assist with voting needs. During Early Voting and on Election Day, the hotline received 1521 calls from Palm Beach County residents. Our Election Protection

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The Fragility of Voting Rights

The Fragility of Voting Rights

The Fragility of Voting Rights: The 2020 Election By Linda Geller-Schwartz On July 30, 2020, when the iconic civil rights leader Representative John Lewis was laid to rest, his final message to the American people was conveyed in a letter published in the New York Times. It included this advice and caution: “The vote is the most powerful non-violent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.” Representative Lewis knew all too well of what he spoke. Read the entire SAM Magazine article below. (3/20)

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Returning Felon Plans to Vote for First Time

Returning Felon Plans to Vote for First Time

Rights restored, returning felon plans to vote for first time ever RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — by Chuck Weber – Wednesday, August 12th 2020   Voting — it’s a right many take for granted. But one lost that right if sentenced to prison in Florida. Next week, thanks to a state constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2018, a Riviera Beach man plans to cast a ballot for the first time ever in his life. “I am so excited to cast a vote,” said William Freeman, speaking with CBS12 News via Zoom. Freeman said he grew up in Palm Beach County, but got addicted to cocaine, leading to four different stints in state prison, for charges ranging from grand theft and burglary to fraud. This past December, Freeman finished serving his most recent, three-year sentence. This time, he said, he’s a different man. “I am sober, and I have to give

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100 Years of Voting Hasn’t Done What We Thought It Would

The unfinished business of the women’s vote. By Gail Collins New York Times Opinion Columnist July 30, 2020 What better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage than by discussing the way it turned out to be a big flop? The great champions of the 19th Amendment thought that when America’s women got the right to vote, they’d immediately start to change the nation. Promote women’s issues, like better health care and education. Refocus politics from special interests to the general good. Read More on the NY Times…

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Florida’s Voter Registration System is Broken

by Nancy Cohen This year with the Corona pandemic online voter registration is critical. But Florida’s online voter registration system keeps breaking down. This video will acquaint you with the problems. Brad Ashwell, Florida State Director of All Voting Is Local, will tell us at the Voting Rights Coalition meeting on August 6 at 2:00 P.M. on Zoom about Florida’s broken online voter registration website and how we can help to ensure it does not break down again in this election cycle.  Here’s the link for the meeting Join Zoom Meeting: https://aclu.zoom.us/j/91505817028?pwd=YUxNSGY3QXNiTTYrZDlNM2RoK2Y3QT09 Meeting ID: 915 0581 7028  Password: 716014  

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Voting Rights for Felons

Voting Rights Coalition   On July 1, a federal appeals court halted voting registration for Florida citizens with felony convictions and court fees that they cannot afford to pay.   However, citizens with Palm Beach County felony convictions may still be able to vote in 2020 elections:    Have a felony conviction in PBC? Contact the Public Defender’s Office and the State Attorney’s office to receive assistance for restoring your voting rights. Call (561) 355-7500.   Have a felony conviction elsewhere?  The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition’s Fines and Fees program will help you determine what needs to be done so that you can vote.  Call 1-877-MY-VOTE-0 (1-877-698-6830) OR TEXT ‘FINES’ TO 82623.   If you owe no fine, fees, restitution, or court costs, this decision does not affect your ability to register and vote.  Register to vote at (561) 656-6200 or pbcelections.org.   If your conviction was in another state, you

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Amendment 4

Amendment 4

Amendment 4 (2018): The Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative (Voting Restoration Amendment) This article was taken down for editorial reasons.

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