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Voices of the League

 Blog Round-up

 JUNE 2015

League of Women Voters


Spotlight on:

6 Ways the League of Women Voters Has Impacted Your Life

2015 State Legislative Update: Pro-Voter Reforms Outpace Attacks on Voting Rights

By: Tim O'Brien
06/10/2015

When looking at the now almost complete 2015 state legislative sessions, not only were fewer pieces of anti-voter legislation successful, more pro-voter reforms were introduced and passed!

moneyStopping Partisan Gerrymandering and Protecting Independent Redistricting Commissions

By: Stephanie Drahan
06/30/2015

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a big victory for citizen-led democracy. In a 5-4 decision in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, the Court found that voters can set up independent redistricting commissions.

Can a Rally Help Restore the Voting Rights Act?Can a Rally Help Restore the Voting Rights Act?

By: Stephanie Drahan
06/29/2015

On the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, advocates met in Roanoke, VA to call upon Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte to act to restore the Voting Rights Act.

U.S. Supreme CourtKey Win at the Supreme Court on Health Care Tax Subsidies

By: Stephanie Drahan
06/25/2015

The League joined an amicus brief in King v. Burwell that focused on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on women’s health, arguing that the tax subsidies are essential to women’s health and the ACA’s continued viability.

Two Years Later-- Tell Congress to Restore the Voting Rights Act

By: Elisabeth MacNamara
06/25/2015

Fifty years ago, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA), ensuring that every American citizen had equal access to the vote. But two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key provision leading to an attack on voting rights. Tell Congress it’s time to restore the VRA!

Summit on Climate Change and Public Health White House Holds Summit on Climate Change and Public Health

By: Jessica Jones
06/24/2015

The Summit brought together senior White House officials, health professionals, academics and other important stakeholders with the goal of providing communities with the information and tools they need to protect public health in the face of climate change.

Grace Chimene, right, and her daughterWalking from North Carolina to Washington, D.C. in Support of Rural Hospitals

By: Grace Chimene
06/23/2015

As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I know first-hand the impact rural hospitals can have on a community. To bring attention to the support rural hospitals need, I decided to join a 283-mile annual walk from North Carolina to Washington, D.C.

Julia Diepernik Meet the League: Julia Dieperink

By: Stephanie Drahan
06/19/2015

My father wasn’t a citizen until I was 18, so there had always been a large emphasis on voting in my household since he felt that he couldn’t fully participate without the vote. We were both able to vote for the first time in the same election.

LWVUS president Elisabeth MacNamara (right) at Lake SuperiorCelebrating 95 Years of Making Democracy Work at State Conventions

By: Elisabeth MacNamara
06/17/2015

Innovation and inclusion were common themes of the three wonderful state League conventions that I attended this year. In each state, the conversations were about the League’s celebrated past as prelude to the future of Making Democracy Work® for all Americans.

More pro-voter bills passed in 2015 than those attacking voting rights2015 State Legislative Update: Pro-Voter Reforms Outpace Attacks on Voting Rights

By: Tim O'Brien
06/10/2015

When looking at the now almost complete 2015 state legislative sessions, not only were fewer pieces of anti-voter legislation successful, more pro-voter reforms were introduced and passed!

Ask the Class of 2015 to Register to Vote

By: Jeanette Senecal
06/09/2015

Congratulate the graduates you know on their achievement and encourage them to register to vote with our eCard.

Zak KolskyMeet the League: Zak Kolsky

By: Stephanie Drahan
06/05/2015

Every day, I see examples of people who overcome unthinkable barriers in order to vote. They are tireless supporters of democracy. It’s inspiring to see.

96 Years Ago Congress Passed the 19th Amendment

By: Stephanie Drahan
06/04/2015

Ninety-six years ago, Congress passed the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, and was sent to the states for ratification.

 

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