And, like that, February comes to a close. This month the League of Women Voters was excited to celebrate our 98th anniversary. For nearly a century, we've been working to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives. I am so proud of the work we are doing—and we couldn't do it without all of your support. With that, we’re excited to share with you a few highlights of our month:
Congress Debates Dream Act
The League continues to focus on passage of the Dream Act in the House and the Senate. Please reach out to your Senators and Representatives using our action alert and encourage them to protect the 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children.
The Dream Act has broad bipartisan support and sponsorship in Congress. It's time for our leaders in Congress to choose the values and ideals that this country holds dear. They must stand for those that are working hard, paying taxes and contributing to our society on their path to American citizenship. Tell Congress to pass the Dream Act Now!
Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky
Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky. The case is a challenge to a Minnesota statute that says that a “political badge, political button, or other political insignia may not be worn at or about the polling place on primary or election day.”
We have filed an amicus brief in this case, arguing that the law is put in place to safeguard the right to vote. People should be able to vote without fear of harassment or disruption at a polling place. Voting is our most sacred right and regulating the speech inside of polling places is necessary to protect the integrity and fairness of the voting process.
2018 is Bringing Unprecedented Challenges
...but also incredible opportunities, to our organization and the voters we serve. We have some huge Making Democracy Work™ goals, and are excited to work with you to accomplish them. They include:
- Having our biggest-ever midterm year thanks to an unprecedented level of League candidate & ballot information on VOTE411.org, our premiere nationwide voter education resource
- Launching our largest-ever youth voter registration effort, registering students in nearly 400 schools nationwide in time for the midterms
- Registering tens of thousands of new voters at citizenship ceremonies
- Protecting millions of voters against discriminatory voter suppression
Additionally, through VOTE411.org, we’ll be providing localized candidate information for every voter in America, down to at least the statewide level, for both the primary and general elections this year.
Double down on our campaign for Making Democracy Work™, stand up to partisan gerrymandering, hold elected officials accountable in the face of dark money, and enact real positive change in the way our elections are run. We're looking forward to what March will bring and how we can continue our mission to empower voters and defend democracy.