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The Voter
February 2017 Issue

Published February 28, 2017
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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

Register for LWVAL Convention 2017
Register by April 15. Cancelations accepted until April 17.
Make hotel reservations. Reserve by March 28, 2017 for special LWVAL Convention rates.


LWVAL 2017 Legislative Report
Reporting on the 2017 Regular Session
of the Alabama Legislature

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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NEWS UPDATE 10/12/16

Federal Court Blocks Burdensome Registration Requirements

On Friday, Sept. 9, the U.


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"


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."
Read the
press release.


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