On Wednesday, September 12, LWVUS President Elisabeth Macnamra testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary at a hearing entitled "The Citizens United Court and the Continuing Importance of the Voting Rights Act."
It’s a fact – we are truly in the breakneck pace of the election cycle. Governor Mitt Romney has selected his running mate; President Obama and Governor Romney have accepted their party’s nomination at the national conventions; and the first debate is less than a month away. In a time when politicians always seem to be campaigning, the light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to burn a little brighter.
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.”
Eligible citizens should be empowered and enabled to vote without needless barriers standing in their way. The LWVEF's Public Advocacy for Voter Protection Project has been created to ensure all eligible voters, particularly underserved populations, can exercise this right.