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Have you missed a recent election?
"I missed the voter registration cutoff for this election but I want to vote next time! How do I get registered?"
We hear this a lot. Don't let another election slip up on you. Here's how to register to vote in future elections...Download a registration form and mail to your County Board of Registrars OR register at one of these locations. The AL Secretary of State says you can "fill out and submit voter registration forms at all state and/or county offices that provide public assistance. In Alabama, public assistance offices, such as Medicaid, WIC, and DHR, must distribute voter registration forms, provide assistance in completing the forms if necessary, and accept such forms."
Have you moved since you last voted? If so, register with your new address.
Are you sure you're registered? Checkhere to check your registration status and polling place or call your County Board of Registrars.
Sisters Across the Straits: A Delegation Visit to Cuba
Members of the LWVAL are invited to participate in a rare cultural and educational exchange opportunity sponsored by the LWV of Florida Education Fund. LWVAL members are planning to make this trip with the LWVFL. Will you join us? Find out more!
The PSC will hold "Public Proceedings to Consider the Further Extension and/or Modification of Alabama Gas Corporation's Rate Stabilization and Equalization Mechanism" on September 5, 25, October 9, and November 13 in Montgomery. For more information see this notice on the AL PSC website.
The Supreme Court of the United States rules on Shelby County v. Holder
The Supreme Court has ruled on this case. Read LWVUS statement.
This case focuses on Section 5 of the National Voting Rights Act (NVRA), an act that protects the equal voting rights of all Americans. The LWV has used Section 5 of the NVRA to fight several attempts at voter suppression and has joined an Amicus Brief in this case to defend the act. The LWVAL and local leagues in Alabama have stood in defense of the NVRA.
Under authority of the 15th Amendment, Congress enacted amendments to the 1965 NVRA to fight against evident voter discrimination in certain areas of the United States. The legislation included much needed special enforcement provisions (NVRA Section 5) to guarantee enfranchisement for all American voters. The act was signed into law as by President George W. Bush in 2006.
The NVRA is described by LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara as the "jewel in the crown of Federal elections law." As MacNamara stated in a February, 2013 press release, "The Voting Rights Act is an essential part of American democracy. The thought that the Supreme Court might overrule Congress and take away voting rights should send a chill down the spine of every American… Based upon a record of thousands of pages of testimony, Congress knew what it was doing in 2006. It would be wrong for the Supreme Court to substitute its will for that of our elected representatives in Congress.”
Learn more about the NVRA and the role of the LWV:
LWV Rallies in Birmingham
in Defense of the VRA
SCOTUS has taken up Shelby County, AL v Holder. The Voting Rights Act of 1965, a keystone for assuring equal voting rights for all Americans, could be in jeopardy. The LWV of Greater Birmingham and Alabama rallied on March 1 in Birmingham, AL to defend the VRA. Leagues gathered at the federal courthouses in Montgomery and Selma on the same day. Thank you to those who joined with us!! See the LWV Greater Birmingham report. See the Birmingham VRA rally photos.
Health Care in Alabama 2013:
Facts and Issues
An unbiased study of health care sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Alabama Education Fund
The first section of the study, entitled “Recurring Issues in Health Care," examines the major issues that face the health care system in the United States and Alabama and highlights the degree to which the problems are interrelated.
The second section of the study, “Challenges and Opportunities for the Nursing Profession,” focuses on issues related to the single largest group of health care professionals – nurses. Nurses are the focus not only because of their sheer numbers, but because they might be better utilized given the issues raised in the first section of the report. Part of the discussion examines findings of a major research effort reported in The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which was published by The Institute of Medicine (ICM) in collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences. Emphasis is placed on two of the areas covered in that publication: the need for nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training and the need for that education and training to be expanded.
Download "Health Care in Alabama 2013: Facts and Issues."
Also available online...
"Health Care in Alabama 2010: Facts and Issues," an earlier unbiased health care study sponsored by the LWVAL Education Fund
Read more unbiased Issue Papers.