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While you're watching, our SOTU Bingo is a fun and easy way to track how the President’s speech and agenda for our nation match up with our priorities.

Tuesday, January 31, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on HR1, the For the People Act. As legislators asked questions of the six expert witnesses, several strong arguments for HR1 emerged.

Our League volunteers spent over 180,000 hours working to register, inform, and protect voters. Check out our impact in the 2018 midterm elections.

The LWVNC v. Rucho case is a partisan gerrymandering challenge to the North Carolina congressional map. Partisan gerrymandering is the practice of drawing electoral district lines in a way that discriminates against a political party.

Shortly after the 2018 election, the outgoing Wisconsin legislature called a special session during which legislators passed a number of bills aimed at undermining the authority of the newly elected governor and attorney general. LWVWI filed a lawsuit, contending that the session was unconstitutional and requesting that the courts intervene to prevent the harm that these bills cause to voters.

This morning, U.S. House leadership unveiled a sweeping democracy reform bill that will make elections fairer and put power back in the hands of the American people. HR1, the For the People Act, is a roadmap to solve the problems facing our democracy.  

Exactly one week after the election, I had the privilege of joining fellow members of the League of Women Voters of DC to register new voters at a naturalization ceremony. I had never been to a naturalization ceremony and was uncertain what to expect.

Activists are arranging in-person meetings with incoming members of the 116th House of Representatives and dropping in to have conversations with staff members on the need for HR 1, the first bill that the House plans to take up in January. 

Proposition 4 promises the creation of an independent redistricting commission that is tasked with drawing lines for state legislative and congressional districts—meaning that those in power will no longer be the ones in charge of shaping their districts and choosing their voters.

The upcoming 116th Congress could make history with the first comprehensive package of democracy reforms scheduled for 2019, HR1. Since the announcement of HR1, LWVUS has been talking to folks on the Hill and working with partner organizations to help shape the bill’s language and ensure that voting rights are strengthened by this important legislation.