Many thanks to LWV Montgomery and the LWVAL Board for an outstanding ... LWVAL Council 2016 May 14, 2016 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Montgomery 2810 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36109 Read about the council in the article at right. See photos.
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. NEWS UPDATE 2/23/16
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 NEWS UPDATE 2/19/16
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.
NEWS UPDATE 2/12/16
Lawsuit challenges voter registration restriction
"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." Read the 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.
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 email@example.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.
LWVAL 2016 Legislative Report Reporting on the 2016 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature The 2016 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature adjourned May 4, Sine Die.
The Legislative Report is updated through the end of the 2016 Regular Session.
New bills and/or movement and/or indefinite postponement of bills followed by LWVAL were identified in the last week of the session in the areas of:
Voting access and processes
Government Accountability, including Ethics in Government
Education Policy and Funding
Read the LWVAL Legislative Report, updated through the end of the 2016 Regular Session, to see 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 were posted in this report at times when their voice was thought to be most effective.
ALABAMA PRIMARY RUNOFF ELECTIONS WERE HELD TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016
THANK YOU FOR VOTING IN THE APRIL 12 PRIMARY ELECTIONS, ALABAMA!
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