Well another month has come and nearly gone, and we'll soon be kicking into high gear as Election Day 2018 approaches. Even though August was hot and miserable, at least weather-wise, that didn't stop us from making some serious democratic impact across our nation this month. Here are a few highlights:
NC Voters Win (Again)
In a victory for NC Voters, a federal court struck down the state’s congressional district map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander—for the second time.
"We look forward to the day North Carolinians will have fair maps that truly represent our great and diverse state," said LWV North Carolina co-president, Janet Hoy. "North Carolina voters have waited far too long for districts that reflect our populations equally. Now is the time to end partisan gerrymandering once and for all."
How can North Carolina implement reasonable redistricting reform? A LWV North Carolina study cites five main principles lawmakers can use when crafting legislation to reform redistricting.
LWV Sues AZ Secretary of State
Secretary Reagan is failing to ensure that Arizona voters’ addresses are updated in accordance with federal 'Motor Voter' requirements. And we're fighting to make sure that changes.
LWV Arizona along with partners Mi Familia VOTA and Promise Arizona are asking for fairness and equity in this lawsuit—500,000 voters are currently being disenfranchised. Motor Voter laws were meant to make it easier for voters to register and to stay registered to vote. With this suit, we seek to make sure that Arizona voters will not be turned away at the polls.
Counter-protesters Cast a Shadow Over Discrimination
Earlier this month we marked one year since the atrocious violence by white nationalists that left three dead and many injured in Charlottesville, Virginia. On the anniversary of this tragedy, a “Unite the Right 2” rally was organized for our nation’s capital. We joined the NAACP, Muslim Advocates, and the Anti-Defamation League in a joint statement condemning this hateful demonstration.
We weren’t sure what to expect of this event, but were proud to see that the several-dozen white supremacists who marched to the White House were dwarfed by a flood of thousands of counter-protesters. This event confirmed what we already know: that we can stand up and cast a diverse and peaceful shadow over discrimination—and we must continue this momentum and make our voices heard.
Our love is much more powerful than their hate.