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League of Women Voters
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

(Re)Introducing VOTE411

Weather might not be cooler yet, but we’re already ramping up for the fall election season. With that, we’re excited to announce we relaunched our election information website, VOTE411.org, with a new look and feel this month! 

With voter registration deadlines and election dates quickly approaching, not to mention the important 2020 elections happening next year, now is the time to get the election information you need—registering to vote, learning what’s on your ballot, hearing what candidates have to say about the issues, finding your polling place, and more. VOTE411.org is here, every step of the way, to take the guesswork out of voting.   

Restore the Voting Rights Act

August 6 was the 54th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA), a landmark piece of voting rights legislation. However, the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision in 2013 overturned an essential provision of the VRA which has led to countless attacks on the voting rights of Americans. Since Shelby, voter ID laws, gerrymandering, and voter purges have created barriers to voting for all people—especially young people and communities of color—in 20 states across our country.

Congress currently has legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act but has taken no action despite mounting evidence of voter discrimination. Speak out for voting rights by contacting your Representative and asking them to support H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act.

Vote by mail? Your voice should still count.

Voters who submit ballots by mail must be assured their votes will count. This month, the League of Women Voters of Texas filed a complaint against the Texas Secretary of State to resolve the unclear and unfair rules for rejecting mail-in ballots in the state. 

After plaintiff Dr. George Richardson voted by mail in the 2018 election, he received notice that his ballot was not counted due to a signature mismatch. Richardson was informed that the decision to reject his ballot was final, and he was never given an opportunity to provide additional proof that the signature on his ballot was in fact his. Richardson’s experience highlights severe problems in the Texas state code’s rules around mail-in voting. 

Richardson v. Texas Secretary of State is expected to be heard in the fall.

A legacy that’s lasted a century

Earlier this week we celebrated Women’s Equality Day—99 years since women won the right to vote through the adoption of the 19th Amendment. 

As we continue our celebrations of the great achievement of the 19th Amendment, we should do so with the recognition that women’s suffrage was not perfect; we mustn’t romanticize the story. Let us use the lessons of our history to inform our present and our future. Let us seek out ways to ensure all eligible voters have their voices heard and their votes counted.

As we kick off the centennial year of women winning the right to vote, we at the League are bridging the gap between our legacy and our destiny with She Is Me, a League-wide celebration of voting reformers from various backgrounds and experiences. Together, our collective efforts can create a more perfect democracy.

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