On Tuesday, May 21, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and several local museums nationwide hosted the annual National Youth Summit, this year focusing on the forthcoming 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
On May 6, 2019, the House Administration Subcommittee on Elections visited Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to hold a field hearing on voting rights and elections. I was proud to represent the League of Women Voters of Florida as a testifying witness in the hearing.
Last week a major exhibit on the fight for the 19th Amendment opened at the National Archives in Washington, DC. I was honored to get a sneak peek of the display at the opening reception for the exhibit, Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard Department of Commerce v. New York, a case challenging the Administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census short form. The addition of the question has been controversial and is expected to have a chilling impact on Census participation, particularly in hard to count communities. The League of Women Voters of New York State (LWVNYS) is a plaintiff on the litigation and LWVUS joined more than 175 civic organizations in filing an amicus brief in this case.
On a day when Spring’s arrival was finally palpable, Dakota citizens and members of Congress gathered in the tribal headquarters at Fort Yates, on the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, for a field hearing of the U.S. House Committee on House Administration, Subcommittee on Elections.
The sooner we can start educating young people about our election and voting systems, the more empowered they will be to make their voices heard.
On March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court heard three high-profile cases pertaining to gerrymandering, including Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina.
In less than one year, on April 1, 2020, the Census will be in full swing. This process of counting will ensure that the political power, health, and safety of every community is maintained or enhanced in the upcoming decade.
The League of Women Voters celebrated the record number of women serving in the House and Senate this year with a reception for the female members of Congress.