LWVUS #RECESS CAN WAIT Call to Action
Many bills to limit voting rights are being passed in state legislatures. We need minimum voting standards in the U.S.
Here's what you can do today to help pass the For the People Act, S.1, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, H.R.4, in the U.S. Senate.
Raising awareness that we need both these bills passed before fall is a priority for the League of Women Voters. Even if you've contacted your U.S. Senators before in support, remind them again now that action is still needed to protect voting rights with these bills.
The U.S. Senate returns from recess the week of September 13. Now is a great time to contact both our U.S. Senators to pass strong versions of these bills as high priorities.
Either call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 to connect to our Colorado Senators or use the online contact form:
Talking Points: The For the People Act (S.1) has three goals:
☆ 1. Protect Voting Rights by Modernizing Voter Registration and Participation ☆
✓ Require states offer automatic voter registration
✓ Require states offer same day voter registration
✓ Require states offer early voting
✓ Require states restore voting rights to those previously convicted of crimes
✓ Prevent excessive voter purges
☆ 2. Reform the Redistricting Process ☆
✓ Require independent redistricting commissions to draw Congressional maps
Note that states that have already established independent redistricting commissions meet the bill's
requirements and their reforms would not be undone.
✓ End prison-based gerrymandering
✓ Create clear mapping criteria
✓ Ban favoring or disfavoring political parties
✓ Create transparency requirements for commissions' work and provide mechanisms for public input
☆ 3. Lessen the Effect of Money in Politics ☆
✓ Since the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court decision, donations from the wealthy and corporations
have become a major factor in U.S. elections
✓ Strengthen the Federal Election Commission by reducing the number of commissioners from 6 to 5
and requiring the fifth commissions to be independent in order to be the tie breaker
✓ Institute the DISCLOSE Act for greater transparency and campaign finance disclosure
✓ Encourage small donor financing with matching funding
✓ Updates Rules for Online Campaign Ads
The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R.4) Prevents Voting Discrimination With These Provisions:
✓ Establish new review and approval criteria to prevent discrimination against voters
✓ Requires federal review of specific known voting practices of discriminate against voters of color
✓ Mandates greater nationwide transparency of voting law and policy changes
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has published reports demonstrating the need for legislation, e.g. documenting that Texas has closed over 700 polling places, making it more difficult and time consuming to vote in person. Read their reports on the Leadership Conference website.
Want to go above and beyond? Ask your Senators to support Washington, D.C. Statehood (HR 51 / S 51) too.
D.C. has been waiting too long for full, fair representation. The denial of statehood is rooted in historic racism.
Historically, Congress controlled D.C. through appointing a Board of Commissioners to run D.C.'s municipal government. This was finally discontinued in 1973. This is how southern members of congress were able to keep D.C. segregated into the 1950's.
D.C. has had a nonvoting delegate in the U.S. House since 1971.
☆ Granting statehood to D.C. would end: ☆
✓ Congress making decisions for the residents of Washington D.C.
✓ The U.S. House Oversight Committee approves D.C.'s budget and can overturn D.C. laws
✓ D.C. judges are appointed by the President
✓ Federal management affects local D.C. issues, e.g. prohibiting adoption of a needle exchange program
and requiring Department of Defense authorization on January 6 when D.C. requested deployment
of the National Guard
✓ Other states' members of Congress actually vote to make the decisions affecting D.C.
Fall Kickoff: Colorado Water and Forest Fires
How Do We Protect Our Resources?
The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties will celebrate the beginning of the fall season with our annual Fall Kickoff Event on Tuesday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. online. Our presentation will be "Colorado Water and Forest Fires, How Do We Protect Our Resources?" with guest speakers from U.S. Forest Service, the Colorado State Forest Service, and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. There will be time for questions after the presentations.
We are asking speakers to address the following questions in their presentations:
1. What are your agency's responsibilities for fire management in Colorado?
2. What are the major issues you are facing?
3. What are your funding sources?
4. How does your agency coordinate with other state and local agencies in fire management?
5. How are watershed (and other) resources protected before, during and after fires?
6. How do you work with communities to develop or update Community Wildfire Protection Plans?
7. What recommendations do you have for future fire management?
The League recognizes the importance of forests for water storage in Colorado and water as a resource has been a concern of the League for many years. I think our members will be very interested to hear your comments and we appreciate your willingness to be a part of this program. Free and open to League members, prospective members, and their guests.
League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties members will receive a link to the online meeting by email. Non-members are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name and email address and "WILDFIRE" in the email subject line for a meeting invitation.
LWVCO Making Democracy Work! Day
League members are invited to the League of Women Voters of Colorado's signature event: Making Democracy Work! Day on Saturday, September 25 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. online. This year's theme is Protecting the Vote. Panel discussions featuring guest speakers will address important topics facing Colorado residents.
Open to League members online. Registration fee is $10, which directly supports LWVCO's mission of educating and empowering voters.
Register on the LWVCO event page here.
Greenwood Village City Council Candidate Forum
Join the League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, the Villager Newspaper, the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, and AMG National Trust Bank for a Candidate Forum Featuring Greenwood Village City Council Candidates in-person and online on Monday, September 27 at 6:00 p.m. Candidate will answer questions designed to help voters understand their positions on important issues.
For a list of the fifteen candidates running for the eight open City Council positions, see the Greenwood Village Elections website candidate information page.
Free and open to the public. Registration is required for either viewing online or attending in-person.
Register to view the candidate forum online or attend in-person click to register.
Please note: In-person registrations are limited to 120 people. All In-person attendees are asked to wear a mask and we will support social distancing. Thank you!
Management Team Meeting
The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties Management Team members will meet.
National Voter Registration Day
The League of Women Voters is celebrating National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 28 because:
• Registering and voting is the best way for each of us to decide what happens in our country. Health care. Education. Taking climate change seriously. Immigration reform. Protecting voting rights. Drawing districts fairly. Our place in the world. It all comes down to the people we elect. Eager to make a difference? Start by joining the League of Women Voters and becoming a loud and proud supporter of voter registration!
• The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties registers voters at many events during each year. Add that to the efforts of other Leagues across the United States and it means that, from coast to coast, more people can participate in the decision making and many people hear our message that voter registration is important.
• Even if you can't help register voters, you can help publicize in social media, encourage people you know to get registered or update their address, and spread the word.
• Our League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties Election Central pages with links to county and state voter registration information here
• The National Voter Registration Day web site here
• The League of Women Voters' nonpartisan, individualized November ballot information for voters will be available in September on our Vote411 web site here.
Aurora City Council Candidate Forum
Join the League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Sentinel Colorado, and the Business and Professional Women of Aurora for a Candidate Forum Featuring Aurora City Council Candidates. Candidates will answer questions designed to help voters understand their positions on important issues.
The forum will feature candidates in a Ward I candidate group, a Ward II candidate group, a Ward III candidate group, and an At-Large candidate group.
For a list of the fifteen candidates running for the five open City Council positions, see the City of Aurora Elections website candidate information page.
Free and open to the public. Watch this event live online and on-demand after the event on the City of Aurora's AuroraTV website.
Program Committee Meeting
The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties Program Committee members will meet. Join our committee and be part of our work to plan and arrange interesting presentations. Contact Irma Princic at 303-850-9864, email@example.com
Voter Service Committee Meeting
The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties Voter Service Committee members will meet. Would you like to join our committee and be part of our effort to register and inform voters? Contact Paula Moore at 303-671-4653, firstname.lastname@example.org
Drive Clean With The League Webinar
The most important step a typical Colorado resident can take to reduce carbon emissions is to switch to an electric vehicle.
The League of Women Voters of California is invites Coloradans to a Drive Clean With The League presentation on Saturday, October 16 at 6:00 p.m. MT. This online webinar will be repeated on Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. MT.
Experts from Drive Clean California, electric vehicle drivers, and climate and clean air enthusiasts will share their interest in clean air and a cool planet.
The event will feature:
🌎 EV and e-bike experts and owners will share their experiences, the latest trends, vehicles, costs, and considerations when moving to electric.
🌎 Experts will discuss government incentives, solutions for residents who live in apartments and additional financial incentives for disadvantaged communities.
We will debunk common EV myths and answer your questions.
Free and open to the public. Tell your friends!
Register on their event web page by scrolling down to the bottom of the page: Click to register.
White Supremacy and Hate Groups in Colorado
Join the League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties for our presentation with guest speakers on Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00 pm online.
• Jeremy Shaver, Senior Associate Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League Mountain
States Region, will speak about "The History of White Supremacists and Hate groups in the
State of Colorado."
• Phyllis Graham, League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, will present
"The History of Veterans in Hate Groups."
• Peggy Abrams, League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, will explain
"The Psychology of Hate."
Time for questions will follow the presentations.
Free and open to League members, prospective members, and their guests. League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties members will receive a link to the online meeting by email. Non-members are asked to email email@example.com with their name and email address and "HATE" in the email subject line for a meeting invitation. for a meeting invitation.