Are Texas high school principals following Texas voting law?
The Texas Civil Rights Project thinks less than 20 percent are doing so. LWV-TX is conducting a survey of state high school principals to find out. We need League members to help us make calls to the high school principals. We will provide training. If you are interested in helping, please email nparra@parradesigngroup.
Mayor to keynote transportation forum
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg will be the keynote speaker at a League-sponsored forum on the need for comprehensive planning to meet future transportation needs. For more information, click here.
November 7, 2017
Remember that date -- it's the date of the next election in Texas. The ballot will include state constitutional amendments and, depending on where you live, possibly other items.
Other dates to remember: Oct. 10: Last day to register; Oct. 23: First day of early voting; Nov. 3: Last day of early voting.
For other information on voting, voter ID requirements, etc., go to votetexas.gov
claims of voter fraud
The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity relies on a database produced by the Heritage Foundation to justify baseless claims — by President Trump and some of the panel’s members — of rampant voter fraud.
But according to an analysis of the database by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, the numbers in the database reveal exactly the opposite.
For more details, click here.
US League President Chris Carson on DACA reversal
"Reversing the DACA policy will have a devastating impact on our economy. Ending this program will increase unemployment....
"The League of Women Voters is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants and we urge congress to pass a clean DREAM Act to protect, not turn away, the 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children."
Statement on Senate health care bill introduced Sept. 13
"This last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is more of the same....
"Senators are, once again, trying to rush through irresponsible legislation before the window closes this month....
"It is high time Congress stopped trying to repeal Obamacare and started focusing on ways to improve the law."
-- US League President Chris Carson
Nine Days in August: Four court wins
for Texas voting rights
By Cinde Weatherby
Voting Rights and Elections Laws Issue Chair, LWV-Texas
August was a good month for voting rights in Texas. We applaud the four U.S. District Court rulings in favor of the plaintiffs. The downside to that, of course, is that our state’s leadership continues to appeal each and every ruling and the cases never provide permanent remedy even when called “permanent.”
- August 15 – Redistricting: Two Texas congressional districts drawn to intentionally discriminate and must be redrawn.
- August 16 – Interpreters at polling places: Ruled against the requirement that interpreters in the voting booth helping someone cast a ballot be registered to vote in the same county.
- August 23 – Voter photo ID: Law ruled intentionally discriminatory and is “permanently” blocked.
- August 24 – Redistricting: Nine Texas House Districts drawn to intentionally discriminate and must be redrawn.