We’re excited to share with you a few highlights of our month:
Fight for an Accurate Census Continues
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on the proposed inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census earlier this month, where acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, John Gore said the request to include the citizenship question was driven by enforcement of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The Census has not included a question about citizenship in nearly 70 years. It is the responsibly of the Census to count all the people living in the United States – not just the citizens. We only get one chance every decade to get this right. An accurate count in the 2020 Census is critical.
It is up to Congress to exercise oversight authority over the Census Bureau and the League calls on this Committee to use their power and remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census. Stand with us as we fight back against this decision.
LWV Ohio Challenges Congressional Districts
This month the League of Women Voters of Ohio have joined a federal lawsuit challenging the state's U.S. congressional districts as unconstitutional. The suit alleges the current map violates Ohioans' right to have their votes count and their voices heard.
"Ohio's current congressional map is clearly gerrymandered and unconstitutional," said LWV Ohio Executive Director Jen Miller. "This lawsuit could lead to fair maps for all Ohio voters in the 2020 election."
Florida Students Want Early Voting
There isn't a single early voting site in the state of Florida located on a college or university campus. We're trying to change that. The League of Women Voters of Florida, along with students from the University of Florida and Florida State University are suing the state’s top election official in an attempt to overturn a four-year-old ban on early voting on college campuses.
The interpretation of the state’s early voting statute is an unjustifiable burden on the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of eligible Florida voters, and is the latest case of making it more difficult for young people to exercise their right to vote.
2018 Shows Spike in Voter Interest
With months to go before the General Election, we are already seeing unprecedented levels of interest from Americans seeking out the information they need to vote.
Through November, VOTE411.org, powered by the on-the-ground efforts of thousands of League volunteers nationwide, will provide unprecedented levels of ballot and voting information to voters who need it.
Every single voter in America will be able to find basic information about who is on their ballot and how to prepare for Election Day, ensuring all Americans have an opportunity to participate in these pivotal elections.