In last night’s annual State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Obama laid out his priorities for the coming year. Here’s the rundown of what he said on our issues and how it aligns with League positions.
"We are glad that, by upholding voting rights, the judge ruled on the side of the people of Pennsylvania," said the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (LWVPA), the lead organizational plaintiff in the lawsuit.
"As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King today, we are in urgent need of legislative fixes to realize his vision that every American is treated fairly at the ballot box," writes LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara for the Huffington Post.
In 2010, the Supreme Court opened the floodgates for big money and special interest influence when they announced their decision in Citizens United v. FEC. None of us knew just how bad this decision would be for our democracy.
A bipartisan group of legislators introduced common sense legislation that would repair and restore the VRA, protect the rights of voters across the country and to fix the damage done by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby v. Holder.
Our Youth Voter Registration Program kicked off in nearly 40 communities nationwide. League volunteers in 15 states will visit local high schools, community colleges and technical/vocational schools to help young people get registered and ready to vote in 2014.