Great news today for all Texas voters. A U.S. Federal District Court found that the Texas voter photo identification law violates Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. National League President Elisabeth MacNamara remarked, "The importance of this case cannot be overstated: It is a landmark decision for voting rights in America and helps ensure America’s elections treat all citizens equally, and are free, fair and accessible.”
Ninety-two years ago this week, after a seventy-two year struggle, the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote became law. The League of Women Voters was founded just six months prior to this huge advancement, and began as a "mighty political experiment" designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters.
Our friends at CIRCLE have been releasing a wealth of useful data as part of their new YouthTruth initiative. This week, CIRCLE is probing deep and uncovering some sobering—yet ultimately encouraging—truths about non-college youth.
I was pleased to speak with community college leaders from across the country today to share best practices, offer League resources and discuss voter registration plans. Our conversation was made possible through the League’s partnership with The Democracy Commitment, a project of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities geared toward providing resources and support to community colleges seeking to engage students in voting and civic life.