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League of Women Voters
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

You’re going to keep hearing about the Census.

The 2020 Census will shape our nation’s government, public policy, and budgets for an entire decade.

The data is used to make decisions around education, healthcare, infrastructure, and political representation. With increased growth in the country, getting an accurate and complete count of every person living within is crucial to ensure that each state receives funding to support the number of residents in each state. 

The Census is constitutionally required to count every person living in the United States. However, without the proper funding and manpower, we risk an "undercount"—cutting millions of people out of political representation and jeopardizing the very foundation of our democracy.

Help us get ready for Census Day (April 1, 2020) by telling your legislators we must make sure everyone is counted and the Census is fully funded.

Jail time for mistakenly casting a ballot?

This month, the League of Women Voters of Texas filed an amicus brief in Mason-Hobbs v. Texas, arguing that genuine confusion around voter eligibility does not violate Texas state law.

The brief was filed in support of Ms. Mason-Hobbs, a returning citizen who believed she was eligible to vote after previously being released from prison, but her voting status was complicated by the fact that she was still on federal supervised release. Her provisional ballot in the 2016 presidential election was ultimately denied, and her vote did not count. 

Mason-Hobbs was sentenced to five years in jail for voting.

In recent elections, we have seen more participation of returning citizens than ever before, yet some states have not met that momentum with education and clarity about when returning citizens are eligible to participate. This case is an example of a citizen who was obviously unclear about an ambiguous state law and was penalized for her honest confusion.

Mason-Hobbs v. Texas is expected to be heard by late summer.  

It's time for an Equal Rights Amendment.

Despite the significant advances that have been made in recent decades, women continue to face discrimination on the basis of sex. 

The symptoms of this systemic discrimination are clear in the ongoing fights against unequal pay, workplace harassment, pregnancy discrimination, domestic violence, and limited access to comprehensive healthcare.

It is not enough to treat the symptoms; we must address the root cause of inequality by amending the Constitution and passing the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

This month, LWV sent two letters to Congress, expressing our support for concurrent joint resolutions that would remove the timeline for ratification of the ERA. As an organization born out the right to guarantee women the right to vote, we believe final ratification of the ERA is needed to ensure equal rights for all regardless of sex or gender.

As a country, we are on the cusp of a victory. You’ll be hearing more from us as we continue to fight for this long-awaited amendment.

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