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The Voter
December 2016 Issue

Published December 4, 2016
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NEWS UPDATE 10/13/16

Federal Court will rule on LWV v. Newby after Election

On A summary judgment hearing was held on Oct. 13, 2016 in District Court in DC.  The judge heard arguments from both sides and DOJ. The judge indicated he would not rule at that time and that the decision likely will come after the election.


Federal Court Blocks Burdensome Registration Requirements

On Friday, Sept. 9, the U.S. District Court of Appeals in D.C. imposed a temporary injunction to block a voter registration requirement allowed in Alabama, Georgia, and Kansas. For now, the court has stopped those states from being able to require proof-of-citizenship when registering to vote using the federal form. The case was brought by the League of Women Voters, state leagues in Alabama, Georgia, and Kansas and other plaintiffs.

Mon. Sept. 12, the D.C. appeals court considers whether or not to permanently block the proof-of-citizenship requirement. In a press release issued by the Brennan Center for Justice, Anne Permaloff, president of the League of Women Voters of Alabama, is quoted, “We are pleased to see the D.C. Circuit grant this motion… This decision helps the Alabama League continue our efforts to educate and register Alabamians, without the threat of additional proof of citizenship restrictions.” Read the press release. Read the judgement of the DC Court of Appeals.


Federal Judge rejects request for temporary restraining order.

A federal judge rejected the LWV's request for a temporary restraining order to immediately prevent this requirement. While we are disappointed by this decision, it was only the first step: protecting the rights of voters – all voters – can be a long process and the League is not going to stop now. The next hearing on this case will be on March 9. Read more.


League of Women Voters has backing of the DOJ

The Department of Justice backs @LWV, @LWVAL, @LWVGA, @LWVKansas in seeking temporary injunction. From the International Business Times, "Voting Rights 2016: DOJ Backs Injunction Against Citizenship Proof On Federal 'Motor Voter' Forms" http://buff.ly/1p2v2Iu


Hearing on temporary restraining order set

A hearing on the request for a temporary restraining order against the EAC is set for this Monday at 1:30 CST in the U.S. District Court for D.C.. Follow #LWVvEAC for updates.


Lawsuit challenges voter registration restriction

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"The League of Women Voters of the U.S. and its Alabama, Georgia and Kansas affiliates filed suit today in federal district court to stop the recent illegal action by the Executive Director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) that allows these states to restrict voter registration."
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press release.


Volunteers needed to assess polling place accessibility

Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) is looking for volunteers to fill out a short, simple questionnaire when they go to vote on March 1 in the primary election. Will you help? Find out more.

This program is endorsed by the League of Women Voters of Alabama. All voting citizens are welcome as volunteers and do not have to be a member of the LWV.


The Voter
Spring 2016 Issue

Published March 22, 2016
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Don’t miss LWVAL Convention 2017!
You do not have to be a delegate to attend.
ALL members are welcome and encouraged to attend!

League of Women Voters of Alabama
State Convention 2017

April 28 Early Arrival
April 29-30 Convention
Hampton Inn & Suites
Mobile Downtown Historic District
62 South Royal Street
Mobile, AL 36602

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Register by April 15.
Cancelations accepted until April 17.

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Reserve by March 29, 2017
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LWVAL 2017 Regular Session
Legislative Report

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Last updated February 12, 2017.

The 2017 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature
convened on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

During the 2017 regular session of the Alabama Legislature, LWVAL will keep citizens informed about the legislature's activities regarding issues of importance to the League via this 2017 Legislative Report. The report is updated weekly (with some exceptions). For each bill, the report includes bill sponsors, bill summary, complete bill text, current status of the legislation, LWVAL's position on the legislation, and LWVAL's action. Action Alerts urging citizens to contact their legislators will be posted in this report at times when their voice will be most effective. See the LWVAL 2017 Legislative Priorities list for the issues on which the LWVAL Action Team will be focused during the 2017 regular legislative session. The LWVAL 2016 Legislative Report remains posted for your review, along with the First Special Session of 2016.

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League of Women Voters Accepting Nominations for Its 2017 Transparency in Government Award
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Nomination are due by January 25, 2017 and may be submitted by any individual or organization in Alabama.

Media Release, Dec. 28, 2016

League of Women Voters Accepting Nominations for Its 2017 Transparency in Government Award

In 2015 the League of Women Voters of Alabama (LWVAL) created the Transparency in Government Award to recognize efforts to bring greater transparency to governmental decision-making in Alabama at any political level. Nominees may be elected or appointed government officials, citizens, or members of nonprofits who have worked to increase transparency.

This biennial award will be presented at the LWVAL's 2017 State Convention in Mobile, April 29-30, 2017.

State President Dr. Anne Permaloff explains:  "LWVAL and its members believe that transparency in government is one of the major mechanisms for making government accountable to the people.  It enhances public trust in government officials and their decisions and is essential in making democracy work."

According to the Congressional Research Service, transparency in government includes giving the public access to relevant information used by decision makers, with the information presented in a comprehensive format and with opportunities for the public to analyze and respond. 

Nominations for the LWVAL 2017 Transparency in Government Award are due January 25, 2017 and may be submitted by any individual or organization in Alabama.  The nomination form is available on-line at the LWVAL website: 


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League of Women Voters of Alabama to hold informational meeting in Montevallo, AL

Good news, Shelby County! The League of Women Voters is coming your way. On Saturday, July 23rd, there will be a meeting for those interested in becoming LWV of Alabama members-at-large in Shelby County. The meeting will be at 10:00 A.M. at the Parnell Memorial Public Library at 277 Park Drive in Montevallo. We will explain our work and answer your questions. We are particularly focusing on the municipal elections coming up August 23rd, and why local elections are so important to our day-to-day lives. (We never support any candidate or political party.) We welcome all people aged 16 or older to join the League. Men, too! A strong contingent of Leaguers with the energy and enthusiasm to make democracy work could lead to the establishment of a local League of Women Voters in Shelby County! Interested? Come on out! Find out more about the League of Women Voters and this meeting by contacting Kathy Byrd at kcbyrd@aol.com or phone/text 205-394-5852. Visit us online at http://www.lwval.org/


How do we “Make Democracy Work” in Alabama? The League of Women Voters of Alabama grows, empowers, and protects the vote! This video shows exactly how we get that done. Like us on Facebook @LWVAL. Follow us on Twitter @LWVAL. And JOIN US to help make that happen!


LWVAL goes forward to study a pressing public issue, examines state of voting rights and media relations

A look at LWVAL Council 2016

Should the League of Women Voters undertake a new study of a concerning public issue? What is the current state of voting rights in Alabama? And how should Leagues interact with the media? There was much to be considered by those who attended the LWVAL 2016 Council. The council was held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Montgomery, AL on May 14, 2016. Carrying out the business of the League, delegates voted to study the issue of payday loans in Alabama. It was suggested that online payday loan operations and loans incurred by those in legal jeopardy might be included in the research. However, the League hopes to have an established position on this issue in place by the next general AL legislative session. Members therefore voted to limit the study to storefront payday loan businesses in the state.

Delegates and guests discussed voter registration and ID and issues concerning voting accessibility with expert panelists. Panelists were Ed Packard, Director of Elections, Election Division, Office of Alabama Secretary of State; Stephen Stetson, Policy Analyst (Consumer and Human Rights Issues), Alabama Arise Citizens’ Policy Project; and Geron Gadd, Senior Staff Attorney, Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP). The panel was moderated by Hattie Kaufman of the League of Women Voters of Greater Tuscaloosa.

In the afternoon, attendees heard from renowned Alabama journalists. LWVAL leaders were interested to learn about best practices for interaction with the media, garnering event coverage, and the current state of print, broadcast, and online journalism. Guest panelists were Charles L. “Chuck” Dean, Journalist, Alabama Media Group and The Birmingham News; Carol Nunnelley, Journalist and Founder, Alabama Initiative for Independent Journalism and Birmingham Watch.org;Rachel Lindley, News Director, WBHM, 90.3 FM (NPR Birmingham); and Troy Turner, Editor, Opelika-Auburn News. The panel was moderated by Jean Johnson of the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham.

Many thanks to LWV of Montgomery, host League, for your warm hospitality, and to LWVAL Board for an outstanding council.

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