As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I know first-hand the impact rural hospitals can have on a community. To bring attention to the support rural hospitals need, I decided to join a 283-mile annual walk from North Carolina to Washington, D.C.
Over 26 states have, or will soon have, online voter registration. The proposed online voter registration bills in Florida and Texas would provide thousands of citizens the ability to easily register to take part in our democracy.
I worked with the Election Protection Hotline to help many voters rectify the issues they were facing when attempting to exercise their right to vote. But it also illuminated how far we have to go to have fair, free and accessible elections for all eligible citizens.
While the League continues to oppose new restrictions on registration and voting, we also continue to work with registrars and administrators dedicated to making elections about voters and their ability to weigh, and not about which party wins or loses.
In Austin, Dallas and San Antonio where I visited last week, election officials are taking a professional approach to training their poll workers and their staff in preparation for early voting and Election Day.
Now is the time to start thinking about how and when you’ll vote. In addition to getting ready to vote as you have in years past, voters in many states may also need to show voter identification in order to cast a ballot.
Election Day is less than a month away and Leagues across the county continue to educate and engage citizens. This task has become more difficult as numerous states have passed laws making it more difficult to register, vote and have that vote count. Take a look at what is happening in a few key states.