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Working to ensure that ALL votes are counted and ALL voices are heard, Janice Zitelman, president League of Women Voters + Hill Country
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Women's Equality Day, August 26, 2017
Trump Commission Disbanded, But Voting Groups Remain Vigilant
The League of Women Voters of Texas' action leads to success in protecting Texan voters' personal information.
Austin + The League of Women Voters of Texas and the Texas State Conference of the NAACP were pleased to learn on Wednesday that the Trump administration decided to dissolve the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Joined by a Texas voter, the groups filed a lawsuit last summer to prevent Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos from illegally turning over personal voter files to the Commission in response to its requests.
In announcing his decision to dismantle the Commission, which he had created to investigate his unsupported claims of voter fraud, Trump cited the litigation over whether states should be required to provide the Commission with sensitive voter information and the ensuing litigation. Though Secretary Pablos was prepared to comply with the Commission's requests, a state court had temporarily blocked the data transfer in response to the suit filed by the League of Women Voters, the NAACP and the Texas voter. The plaintiffs and their lawyers are hopeful that the dissolution of the Commission will result in a prompt winding down of the lawsuit.
The groups' lawyers--the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Kirkland and Ellis LLP, and Charles McGarry, a Dallas attorney--argued that the disclosure of Texans' personal information as requested by the Commission would have violated Texas law and put at risk the sensitive personal information of millions of Texans.
"We are proud to have played a role in protecting Texans' privacy," said Elaine Wiant, President of the League of Women Voters of Texas. "Without this fight, Texas would have complied with the misguided request in clear violation of Texas law."
"Texas and the nation dodged a huge bullet today," said Gary Bledsoe, President of the Texas State Conference of the NAACP. "If the requested data had been had been turned over, our military would be at risk, as would battered women and a host of other Texans. We call on individuals from both parties to join together and enact laws to protect our national security from such unworthy encroachments."
The Trump administration indicated that the Department of Homeland Security would continue the work of the Commission in some capacity. And early Thursday morning, Trump used the Commission's demise as an opportunity to push voter identification requirements.
"The elimination of the Commission is a victory for voters," said Myrna Pérez, Director of the Brennan Center's Voting Rights and Elections Project. "We will continue to work with our Texas clients and partners to monitor efforts to compromise the voting rights of Texans."
The Texas suit came after Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the panel's vice-chair, wrote a request to all states asking for sensitive information. It is one of a number of suits brought by the Brennan Center and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, including in Indiana and Utah, and is in addition to a series of direct legal challenges to Kobach's request and the commission's work. Learn more about the "Election Integrity" commission on the Brennan Center's resource page here. Learn more about the League of Women Voters' Voting and Election Rights initiatives here.
News Release on Admendments ACTION NEWS! December 4, 2017
President's Message - Elaine Wiant
Hello League Members.
2017 was a year of bold action for the Texas League! We have much to celebrate: Growing membership and newly forming local Leagues Substantial growth in outreach through social media, action alerts, testimony, and newspaper and radio interviews LWV-Texas with NAACP Texas lawsuit filed to prevent the Texas Secretary of State from disclosing our personal information to the so-call Election "Integrity" Commission
I am so proud of each and every one of you for all you have done to make 2017 a banner year. For more about our accomplishments in 2017, see our 2017 Impact Report here (or on our webpage) and watch for a hard copy in your mailbox.
P.S. I hope you love the League's new mission statement as much as I do: Empowering voters. Defending democracy.
P.P.S. The League's new value statement is awesome as well: We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy. It recognizes our historical roots in the suffrage movement while recognizing that we have a long way to go -- that our democracy will be "more perfect" when women are equal partners in decision making.
Thank you for your dedication! We are Making Democracy Work® in Texas! LWVUS' New Mission Statement!
LWVUS Vision Statement: We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.
LWVUS Value Statement: We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy. Texas Primary Election Resources - Grace Chimene, Vice President and Elizabeth Erkel, Vice President
Here's 28 seconds on the basics on the Texas Primary Election on March 6, 2018. Share this video often on your your social media! (Click on the picture to see the video.)
Grace Chimene explains the Texas Primary process in less than 1.5 minutes! Share widely on social media and with your friends and colleagues. (Click on the picture to see the video.)
GOTV Evidence Based Practice: Have conversations! Talk about voting informally with friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors. It is the dynamic interaction of authentic person-to-person contact that is most important in determining whether or not a conversation will successfully motivate Texans to vote. See All LWV-TX GOTV Resources
Save the Dates! February 14 - LWVUS' 98th Anniversary! March 6 - Texas Primary Elections April 27-29 - LWV-TX Convention in Kerrville (Start thinking now of Silent Auction items you can bring to Kerrville to support LWV-TX action!)
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