The League of Women Voters supports the following provisions: • Independent redistricting commissions in every state • Redistricting guidelines o Ensures communities of interest, neighborhoods be maintained o A partisanship test (efficiency gap) must be applied o Process must be transparent and allow for public participation o Plans must be enacted by a 3-judge court o Payments for the commission to operate must be made (???) • Same day registration • Automatic registration (already the case in 27 states) • Online voter registration • A commitment to restore the VRA (Voting Rights Act) that was rolled back with the Shelby County ruling. • An end to voter purges • Small donor public financing to level the playing field o Each donor’s contribution would be matched 1:6 from non-taxpayer funds in the Freedom from Influence Fund garnered from fines and seizures in court judgments o Participation by candidates would be voluntary o Transparency would increase by closing disclosure loopholes [$5B spent on 2018 elections, but much about donors has not been disclosed] o Federal Election Commission reform to enable it to function (5 commissioners so no tie votes, more staff, judges) • Ethics and transparency provisions for the executive and judicial branches

The League of Women Voters supports HR1, the For The People Act that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 8, 2019.   

Support HR1 For The People Act

The For The People Act is core to decades of League work.   This democracy reform bill will give states the resources to ensure the voting rights of all citizens.

The bill was introduced in the Senate on March 28, 2019 and is now in the Senate Finance Committee.  It could also go to the Judiciary Committee, the Rules Committee, and/or others before coming to the floor for a final vote. 

The League of Women Voters supports the following provisions:

  • Independent redistricting commissions in every state
  • Redistricting guidelines
    • Ensures communities of interest, neighborhoods be maintained
    • A partisanship test (efficiency gap) must be applied
    • Process must be transparent and allow for public participation
    • Plans must be enacted by a 3-judge court
    • Payments for the commission to operate must be made (???)
  • Same day registration
  • Automatic registration (already the case in 27 states)
  • Online voter registration
  • A commitment to restore the VRA (Voting Rights Act) that was rolled back with the Shelby County ruling.
  • An end to voter purges
  • Small donor public financing to level the playing field
    • Each donor’s contribution would be matched 1:6 from non-taxpayer funds in the Freedom from Influence Fund garnered from fines and seizures in court judgments
    • Participation by candidates would be voluntary
    • Transparency would increase by closing disclosure loopholes [$5B spent on 2018 elections, but much about donors has not been disclosed]
    • Federal Election Commission reform to enable it to function (5 commissioners so no tie votes, more staff, judges)
  • Ethics and transparency provisions for the executive and judicial branches

 

Congratulations Indiana Leaguers!

Thanks to your work and support, the National Voter Registration Act will not be violated in Indiana.

TO ALL LEAGUERS AND FRIENDS, 

Appeals Court Upholds Freeze on Indiana Law that Would Cancel Voter Registrations Without Telling Voters  

MEDIA CONTACT: Derek Rosenfeld, derek.rosenfeld@nyu.edu, 646-292-8381

A federal appeals court in Chicago today upheld a trial court ruling temporarily preventing the state of Indiana from implementing a 2017 law that could recklessly knock eligible voters off registration lists. The 2017 law directs election officials to cancel the registrations of voters identified by the flawed Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck system as having registered in another state – without providing notice and a waiting period, as mandated by federal law.

On behalf of the League of Women Voters of Indiana and the Indiana State Conference of the NAACP, Brennan Center lawyers, with co-counsel from Quinn Emanuel and the McCain Law Offices, sued Indiana’s elections officials because Indiana’s new purge law violates the National Voter Registration Act, or NVRA. The NVRA sets clear procedures that officials must follow before removing a voter from the rolls who is believed to have moved. Last year, a trial court preliminarily halted implementation of Indiana’s purge law while the case is being considered. Today’s appellate ruling upheld that decision.

“The NVRA imposes a duty of notice and a waiting period to ensure that eligible voters are not improperly removed from the rolls,” said Myrna Pérez, Director of the Brennan Center’s Voting Rights & Elections Program. “The state of Indiana cannot ignore those indisputable requirements of federal law.”

“The Seventh Circuit is rightfully worried that Indiana sought to rely exclusively on Crosscheck data to silence Hoosiers on Election Day,” said Barbara Bolling-Williams, President of the Indiana State Conference of the NAACP. “It is vital that Indiana follow federal law and ensure that voters are not wrongfully removed from the rolls.”

“The League of Women Voters of Indiana supports responsible voter list maintenance,” said Patsy Hoyer and Oscar Anderson, Co-Presidents of the League of Women Voters of Indiana. “As today’s decision suggests, Indiana’s Crosscheck purge law does not accomplish that goal.”

The Crosscheck program—which compares voter registration data across participating states and can find a match based on first name, last name, and date of birth alone—has resulted in wrongful removals when used elsewhere. The use of Crosscheck was expanded under former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who served as vice chairman of President Trump’s controversial and now dissolved voter fraud commission. But Crosscheck is so unreliable that eleven states have left the program in recent years.Indiana’s 2017 purge law comes as part of a wave of similar laws nationwide that the Brennan Center has worked to stop. Last summer, the Brennan Center released Purges: A Growing Threat to the Right to Vote, a report examining the growing threat of states using bad practices to clean up their voter registration lists and outlining the steps each state can take to protect voters.

Source URL: https://www.brennancenter.org/press-release/appeals-court-upholds-freeze-indiana-law-would-cancel-voter-registrations-without 

 
 
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Senator

Tim Lanane

Representative

Sue Errington

Representative

Melanie Wright

Voter Services

Nicole Etcheson

Senator Tim Lanane and Representatives Sue Errington and Melanie Wright discussed school safety, teacher raises, CAFO regulations, gender pay inequity, hate crimes legislation, and other legislation at the Legislative Update on February 9th at Maring-Hunt Library. They answered questions from the audience and listened to citizens’ concerns about education in Indiana, potholes on I-69, and other issues. 

Nicole Etcheson

Voter Services will be doing voter registration in the high schools this spring.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Nicole Etcheson at VoterService@LWVMuncieDelaware.Org 

 

 

Voter Service


 

Empowering Voters


Defending democracy

The League of Women Voters of Muncie-Delaware County partnered with the Bowen Center for Public Affairs and the Muncie Star Press to hold three candidate forums in October: October 3rd was the forum for state senate and state representative candidates; October 10th was the forum for county commissioner and county council candidates; and October 17th was the forum for county offices. The forums received extensive coverage from the Star Press as well as other media such as Indiana Public Radio. The final forum which included the Delaware County sheriff’s race had an audience estimated at two hundred people. Thanks to Chip Taylor and Darren Wheeler of the Bowen Center for moderating, to volunteers from Delta Sigma Theta for helping collect questions from the audience, and to all the League members who contributed their time and efforts to make the forums a success. 

Find Out More

Vote411.org Election Information You Need. Easy to Use. Enter your address to receive your personalized voting guide. Search voting information by state and topic. Voter Guide: Responses by candidates for national, state and local offices in their own words. Election Day Problems? Call one of these hotlines: 1-866-our-vote (866-687-8683),1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español) 1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance) 1-844-418-1682 (Arabic)

If you haven’t yet voted, make plans now for how and when you will vote! Your vote counts!

Early voting continues 8:30 to noon Monday, November 5, in the Clerk’s office in the Delaware County Building. On election day polls will be open 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Find your polling place at VOTE411.org.

If you still need to obtain your voter ID, MITS will be providing shuttle service from the Downtown MITS station to the BMV on election day 10:30 am to 6 pm on the hour and half-hour if warranted by demand. Plan to obtain your necessary documents in advance because many government offices are closed on election day. More information under PHOTO ID at https://lwvmunciedelaware.org/voter-services/ .
Go to the League of Women Voters’ VOTE411 website (https://VOTE411.org ) for additional voter information including your polling site and a personalized voting guide with candidate bios and responses to questions posed by the League. All candidates were invited and given the opportunity to share their ideas and positions with voters; not all candidates responded.

One final word: check over your ballot before hitting the SUBMIT button to be sure that each candidate you wished to select is the one appearing on your ballot.

In the last midterm election, 2014, Indiana’s voter turnout was 28%, last in the nation according to the 2014 Civic Health Index. It’s time to change that record—VOTE for the people you want to hire to work for the citizens of Muncie and Indiana!
Linda Hanson, Spokesperson
League of Women Voters of Muncie-Delaware County

 Voter Services registered over one hundred voters this fall as well as handing out absentee ballot request forms and answering questions. Volunteers went to Ball State, the Second Harvest Tailgate, the Washington Street Festival, Muncie Central High School, and other locations. We received help from Delta Sigma Theta and the NAACP.

     Nicole Etcheson gave a talk about “Why You Should Vote” to two Ball State elementary education classes. Nicole and Cindy Peters presented on “What Happens When You Vote” and had a table at the Whitley Neighborhood Association. (Stacey Ingram prepared the presentation but was unable to be there.) 

   The League, the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State, and the Star-Press sponsored three candidate forums in October for state senators, state representatives, county commissioner, county council, and county officer candidates. The Bowen Center provided moderators Charles Taylor and Darren Wheeler. Robin Gibson of the Star-Press covered the forums. Delta Sigma Theta provided volunteers. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

    Vote411, the League’s website with candidate answers to questions, finally has information about Muncie-Delaware County candidates. Thanks to Teresa Basey for her tech savvy in getting it up and running. Please check it out and spread the word.

    Finally, MITS is providing bus service to the driver’s license branch for voters to get their voter identification. Buses leave from the downtown bus station on the hour and half hour as needed. This service will run the week before the election and on election day. Please pass the word about this service.

The Vote by Mail program on Saturday, 14 October, provided compelling information to support Vote by Mail legislation in the next session of our legislature—not least of which is that it would save Indiana tax payers an estimated $4.4 million dollars!

Indiana Vote by Mail is a non-partisan organization working to enact legislation to simplify the voting process, eliminate voting lines, and increase voter participation. Barb Tully and Jenny Young addressed barriers to voting that would be eliminated by enabling Vote by Mail and cited successes in Oregon and Colorado—with greatly increased voter participation.

How Does Vote by Mail Work?

  • Ballots are mailed to every registered voter prior to election.
  • Ballots are secure and trackable throughout the process.
  • Electronic scanning registers ballots and verifies voter identification.
  • The process eliminates the possibility of ineligible voters and anyone voting more than once.
  • Voters can still choose to vote at a polling site.

Linda photographed this drop box in Limon, CO, in August.