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LWV Texas Press Statements

League Commends Federal Judge for Blocking Texas Abortion Law
grace chimene
Published on: 10/7/2021
LWVUS and LWVTX issued the following joint statement in response to the federal judge decision to block SB 8, the Texas bill banning any abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.

“We commend the federal judge's intervention to temporarily block this bill that denies essential healthcare. This decision is a victory for women and all people in Texas who may become pregnant.”
National Voter Registration Day
grace chimene
Published on: 9/28/2021
Austin, TX - National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. Volunteers and organizations from all over the country, including Leagues across Texas, will “hit the streets” in a single day of coordinated activities to reach tens of thousands of voters. To find a way to get involved, go to LWVTexas/League Finder and discover how to join the fun with your local League!
LWV Texas: 2020 Elections Were Above Reproach, No Need for Partisan Review
Published on: 9/24/2021
AUSTIN--The League of Women Voters of Texas president, Grace Chimene, issued the following statement in response to the Texas Secretary of State ordering needless and partisan election reviews of the 2020 election in 4 Texas counties.

“Our 2020 election was above reproach. During recent legislative committee hearings on election bills, the Secretary of State’s office testified that the November 2020 election was smooth and secure. Yesterday, former president Trump demanded that Governor Abbott include more partisan election reviews on the agenda for the third special session. Shortly thereafter, the acting Secretary of State announced they are conducting a review of the 2020 election in 4 counties in Texas. The partisan call for election reviews is needless and a waste of time for our hard-working elections officials.
TEXANS SPEAK OUT AGAINST UNJUST GERRYMANDERING AT START OF REDISTRICTING SPECIAL SESSION
grace chimene
Published on: 9/20/2021
Fair Maps Texas will be hosting a virtual press event as the 87th (3) Special Legislative Session gavels in on Monday. The press conference will feature a diverse group of Texans from across the State who have been impacted by our current gerrymandered maps, those who are not usually included at the table when maps are being drawn. These Texans will be speaking on the need for a fair and open districting process, one that fully considers the vital input of communities most impacted. These Texans are calling for better representation, for it’s the same legislators that were elected under our heavily gerrymandered maps that are passing regressive policies that are hurting all people, especially poor and low-wealth Black, White, Hispanic, and Asian people.
LWV Texas Statement on the Impact of SB1 on Texas Elections
LWV Texas
Published on: 9/8/2021
During the last election cycle, Texans all over the state benefited from more voting opportunities, such as expansion of early voting, extended hours at the polling places, and more options to return vote-by-mail ballots. Texans want measures that that make elections safe and accessible. With the enactment of SB 1, these measures are now prohibited. SB 1 adds to the already overwhelming and complicated Texas election laws by using broad and confusing language, creating barriers to voting, and adding criminal offenses.
Texas Civic Groups File Lawsuit Against State of Texas Over Anti-Voter Bill, SB1
LWV Texas
Published on: 9/3/2021
Today, the League of Women Voters of Texas and partner civil rights organizations filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas, challenging Senate Bill 1, an omnibus anti-voter bill expected to be signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott.
League of Women Voters of Texas Statement on Partisan Election Reviews
LWV Texas
Published on: 9/2/2021
“Texas should reject Arizona- and Pennsylvania-style politically motivated election reviews, like those proposed by SB 97 and HB 244. The last thing we need is Texas lawmakers to inject partisanship into our elections, undermining voters’ confidence in the integrity of our election system and the professionals that administer our elections all across our state.
League of Women Voters Response to SCOTUS Failure to Block Texas Abortion Law
LWV Texas
Published on: 9/1/2021
Last night, the US Supreme Court declined to rule on a Texas law that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and allows private citizens to sue abortion providers and those who aid a person in obtaining an abortion. League of Women Voters of the United States Board President Dr. Deborah Ann Turner and League of Women Voters of Texas President Grace Chimene issued the following joint statement in response...
League of Women Voters of Texas Statement on Passage of Texas Election Bill
LWV Texas
Published on: 9/1/2021
The League of Women Voters of Texas president, Grace Chimene, issued the following statement in response to the Texas Legislature enacting the comprehensive election bill SB1.
Happy Women's Equality Day!
LWV Texas
Published on: 8/26/2021
"On this day the League of Women Voters of Texas celebrates advancements made towards achieving full political, economic, and social equality. It is a celebration of the trailblazers, visionaries, and suffragists who have worked towards equal rights for all. . ."
Texas Voters Win as Motor Voter Lawsuit is Settled
LWV Texas
Published on: 7/29/2021
After more than five years of court battles between Texas voters, represented by the Texas Civil Rights Project and Waters & Kraus, LLP, and the state of Texas, a settlement has been reached in litigation against the state of Texas for violation of the National Voter Registration Act, commonly known as the ‘motor voter’ law.
The League Calls for Adoption of Rules to Further Regulate the Role of Money in Judicial Elections
LWV Texas
Published on: 7/28/2021
The League of Women Voters of Texas has long supported the nonpartisan selection of Texas judges at the appellate and Supreme Court levels. When judicial candidates must raise money to compete in our current partisan election system, the appearance of that money influencing their decision-making is hard to shake.
Gov. Abbott’s Attacks on Texas’ Checks and Balances Will Not Go Unchecked
LWV Texas
Published on: 7/16/2021
Angry at his party’s failure to pass a sweeping anti-voter law, last month Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a new state budget that defunds the entire state legislature. The move endangers our democracy, undermines the will of Texans, and attacks the constitutional checks and balances on which our government depends.
League of Women Voters of Texas Statement on Failed Quorum in Special Session
LWV Texas
Published on: 7/12/2021
The League of Women Voters of Texas president, Grace Chimene, issued the following statement in response to the failed legislative process that drove some legislators to leave Texas today.
League of Women Voters Files Amicus Brief Challenging Abbott's Defunding the Legislature
LWV Texas
Published on: 7/6/2021
To highlight the impact of Governor Abbott's veto of the legislative budget, the League of Women Voters of Texas filed an amicus curiae in In Re Chris Turner, et al. asking the Texas Supreme Court to void the Governor’s veto.
How Long Will We Have Free and Fair Elections?
LWV Texas
Published on: 7/2/2021
This July 4th weekend, I want to celebrate this country that I hold dear: the United States of America; the land of the free and the home of the brave. Yet, given recent events, I pause to consider: how united are we? Are we truly free? And are we brave enough?
Governor Abbott's Defunding of the Legislature is Dangerous to our Democracy
LWV Texas
Published on: 6/20/2021
League of Women Voters President Grace Chimene issued the following statement in response to Governor Abbott’s defunding the Texas legislature by vetoing Article X of the new state budget.

Governor Abbott's defunding of the legislature is dangerous to our democracy and undermines the will of the people and the constitutional set of checks and balances upon which our government is built.
League of Women Voters of Texas letter to Vice President Harris
LWV Texas
Published on: 6/16/2021
The League of Women Voters of Texas letter to Vice President Harris as presented by Senator Menendez on 6.16.21.

The League of Women Voters of Texas (LWVTX) is proud to stand with you and so many others
who are committed to ensuring that the right to vote remains a critical pillar in our democratic
form of government. Only when all voters have the opportunity to participate in a free, fair, and
accessible election can we truly call ourselves a representative democracy.
LWV Texas statement on Mass shooting in Austin 6.12.21
LWV Texas
Published on: 6/12/2021
Texans are sick and tired of mass shootings in our state. Loosening restrictions on guns is not the answer to gun violence!
LWV Texas statement in response to Governor Abbott’s remarks about state legislature funding
LWV Texas
Published on: 6/1/2021
League of Women Voters President Grace Chimene issued the following statement in response to Governor Abbott’s remarks about state legislature funding.
Anti-Voter Elections Legislation Stalls in the House The League of Women Voters of Texas Responds
LWV Texas
Published on: 5/31/2021
Time ran out on the Texas House floor last night due to a lack of quorum! At the end of the session, we need to celebrate and give credit to the many voting rights heroes who fought against this anti-voter legislation!
Texas Voters Have Lost Today!
LWV Texas
Published on: 5/3/2021
League of Women Voters of Texas president Grace Chimene issued the following statement in response to the passage of SB 7 in the Texas House of Representatives: "For democracy to work for all of us, it must include us all...
Texas Needs an Action Plan for Climate Change
LWV Texas
Published on: 2/18/2021
As millions of Texans are without power and water due to continuing severe weather conditions, the League of Women Voters of Texas calls on the Texas Legislature
League of Women Voters of the United States Calls for Immediate Removal of President Donald Trump
LWVUS
Published on: 1/11/2021
LWVUS's call to action is an unprecedented decision for our organization.
League of Women Voters Condemns Domestic Terrorist Attack on the U.S. Capitol
LWV Texas
Published on: 1/7/2021
January 7, 2021 - In light of the domestic terrorist attack at the Capitol of the United States yesterday, the League of Women Voters of Texas President Grace Chimene has issued the following statement:
Celebrate Texas Counties with Outstanding Election Websites
LWV Texas
Published on: 12/18/2020
The League of Women Voters of Texas recently published the 2020 Texas General County Election Website Review, which was conducted to assess how each county prepared for the November 2020 General Election.
LWV Texas Opposes Attempt to Reverse Election Results in Other States
LWV Texas
Published on: 12/15/2020
Encouraging all eligible voters to participate in our elections and respecting the results should be the intention of all politicians. Unfortunately, that is not the case in Texas.
Judge’s Ruling Protects 127,000 Harris County, Texas, Votes Cast by Drive-Thru Polling
LWV Texas
Published on: 11/16/2020
HOUSTON—Today, a federal judge ruled that votes cast by drive-thru polling in Harris County, Texas, will not be invalidated after a challenge to the state’s election plan. The League of Women Voters of Texas joined the case as intervenors along with the ACLU of Texas.
LWV Intervenes to Protect More Than 120,000 Voters in Texas Drive-Thru Polling
LWV Texas
Published on: 11/2/2020
Late Sunday the League of Women Voters of Texas joined ACLU Texas to file a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit aimed at invalidating more than 120,000 drive-thru votes cast for Tuesday’s election. The League’s motion aims to ensure that all voters who utilized drive-thru polling sites to vote have their voices heard and their ballots counted.
California Lawsuit Blocking President’s Order Excluding Undocumented Individuals from Census Heads t
LWV Texas
Published on: 10/13/2020
SAN FRANCISCO —Late Thursday, a federal judge ruled in City of San Jose, California v. Trump that the president’s executive order to block undocumented individuals from being counted in the U.S. Census is unconstitutional.
Federal Appeals Court Reverses Decision Establishing Ballot Cure Process in LWV of Texas Case
LWV Texas
Published on: 10/12/2020
NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a stay in Richardson v. Texas Secretary of State, which denies voters a timely opportunity to cure their mail ballot in the 2020 general election. The decision reverses a September US District Court ruling that had required the State to notify voters within a day of their ballot being rejected due to a signature match issue and give them an opportunity to fix the mistake.
League of Women Voters of Texas & LULAC Sue Governor Abbott Over Latest Voting Proclamation
LWV Texas
Published on: 10/6/2020
AUSTIN, TX—Today, the League of Women Voters of Texas, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), LULAC Texas, and two individual voters filed a lawsuit against Texas Governor Abbott in response to his proclamation that would dramatically limit options for Texas voters seeking to hand-deliver their completed absentee ballots for this fall’s election. In an order set to take effect today, Abbott announced on Thursday that each of Texas’s 254 counties can only have one absentee drop off location, regardless of geographic size or population.
Texas Team Up! Campaign
LWV Texas
Published on: 10/2/2020
TEXAS (October 1, 2020) – Joining together for a cause that’s bigger than Texas, 10 professional sports teams and five civic organizations throughout the state have launched the #TexasTeamUp campaign to drive unprecedented voter turnout during the 2020 election cycle.
League of Women Voters Responds to Ruling on Ballot Drop-off Locations
LWV Texas
Published on: 10/2/2020
A federal judge ruled on Friday evening that Governor Abbott’s Oct. 1 proclamation limiting drop-off locations for mail ballots to one per county discriminated against the elderly and disabled Texans, especially in more populous counties. These voters are most likely to request a mail-in ballot and to hand-deliver those ballots to ensure that their votes are counted.
League of Women Voters of Texas Ramps Up Efforts on National Voter Registration Day
LWV Texas
Published on: 9/22/2020
Austin - On September 22, 2020, the League of Women Voters of Texas will celebrate National Voter Registration Day along with a massive cross-country effort to register voters well in advance of Election Day this November.
Federal Judge Decision Establishes Ballot Notice and Cure Process in LWV of Texas Case
LWV Texas
Published on: 9/9/2020
SAN ANTONIO, TX—Today, US District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that Texas must notify voters if their ballot has been marked for rejection due to a signature match issue and give them an opportunity to confirm their identity and save their ballot from rejection. The case, Richardson v. Texas Secretary of State, was brought last year by the League of Women Voters of Texas, Austin Justice Coalition, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, MOVE Texas Civic Fund, and individual plaintiffs Dr. George Richardson and Rosalie Weisfeld.
Win for Harris County Voters on Vote-by-Mail Court Ruling
LWV Texas
Published on: 9/1/2020
HOUSTON – A Harris County District court today rejected the Texas Attorney General’s injunction request, therefore allowing Harris County to send mail-in ballot applications to all registered voters along with a pamphlet explaining who is eligible to vote by mail.
League of Women Voters of Texas File Brief in Support of Harris County Vote-by-Mail Application Effo
LWV Texas
Published on: 9/1/2020
HOUSTON – Representing the League of Women Voters of Texas, the ACLU of Texas and the Texas Civil Rights Project filed a court brief supporting the Harris County Clerk’s decision to send vote-by-mail applications to every registered voter in Harris County, which is being challenged by the Texas Attorney General. In the brief, the organizations argue that sending out applications to vote by mail with instructions explaining who is eligible will educate and empower voters, especially those who do not have immediate or consistent access to online resources.
League of Women Voters of Texas Nonpartisan Voters Guide Available Online
LWV Texas
Published on: 9/1/2020
Austin, TX - The League of Women Voters of Texas's Voters Guide is highly respected as the gold standard for nonpartisan, trusted voter information. The Texas League's Voters Guide is available now online in two formats -- as a printable document on www.LWVTexas.org and on VOTE411.org, the League of Women Voters' interactive Voters Guide. The League of Women Voters has been a nonpartisan grassroots voter education organization for over 100 years. The League never supports or opposes any political party or candidate for elected office.
League Of Women Voters of Texas & Texas Secretary Of State Celebrate Women's Equality Day 100 Year A
LWV Texas
Published on: 8/26/2020
AUSTIN - Texas Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs and Grace Chimene, President of the League of Women Voters of Texas (LWV), today commemorated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. The 19th Amendment became law on August 26, 1920. Women's Equality Day is celebrated annually on August 26th in recognition of the efforts of those who fought and sacrificed to make its passage a reality.
League of Women Voters Urges Texas Governor to Ensure Safety at Polls!
LWV Texas
Published on: 7/31/2020
During this pandemic, the League of Women Voters of Texas supports any action that will encourage voting and keep everyone safe at the polls. “We applaud Governor Abbott’s extension of early voting for the November 3rd General Election,” announced Texas League President Grace Chimene. The extension will allow early voters to cast their ballots from Tuesday, October 13, 2020, through Friday, October 30, 2020. Voters will also be able to plan their trips to the polls to avoid peak times and long lines.
Improvements Needed on County Elections Websites Regarding Safe Voting!
LWV Texas
Published on: 7/31/2020
The League of Women Voters of Texas conducted its sixth survey of Texas county websites in July 2020. This review was narrow in scope, focusing the information counties are providing voters regarding the impact of COVID-19 on voting and elections. Thirty counties ranked "Outstanding" in this review. Reviews for each county are available.
Face Masks Are Needed at the Polls!
LWV Texas
Published on: 7/10/2020
Austin - When Governor Abbott issued his requirement to wear face masks, he specifically exempted polling places. His statement on that issue: not having a mask should not impede a voter’s constitutional right to vote. "The League of Women Voters agrees!" said League president Grace Chimemen, "Every voter should be able to vote safely: if a voter does not have a mask, one should be provided when stepping into the polling place!"
The Voters Guide is available now!
LWV Texas
Published on: 6/22/2020
The League of Women Voters Guide is available now!
The Texas Primary Runoff Election is July 14th - less than a month away!

Vote by mail ballots are arriving in mailboxes across Texas! Early voting starts next Monday, June 29th.

Capitol Action Report

9.17.21 Capitol Action Report What's Happening at the Capitol
Janet Imhoff, Vice President Advocacy
Published on: 9/17/2021
The Third Texas Special Session Starts September 20th!

Read the blogs our issue chairs' blogs to keep up with the latest information:
Voting Rights and Election Law - Please note anti-voter bill SB1 doesn’t go into effect until December! LWVUS supports new US Senate voting rights bill, the Freedom to Vote Act.
Redistricting - Public Input hearings are going on now!
Women’s Health Updates on the lawsuits & an informative video that explains an obgyn's perspective.
Equal Opportunity Updates soon on equality for children who are transgender.
Public Education - anti-Critical Race Theory bills.
9.13.21 What's Happening at the Capitol - 3rd Special Session - Redistricting!
Janet Imhoff, Vice President Advocacy
Published on: 9/13/2021
Governor Abbot has called the 3rd Special Session of the 87th Legislature to begin Monday, Sept. 20. The main job will be redistricting for US Representative districts, Texas Senate and House districts, and State Board of Education districts based on the new census data.

However the governor has also added a few other items to the agenda, including:
• Bills to ban transgender students from participating in University Interscholastic League athletics. (Read our testimony against this bill from the 2nd special session).
• Bills to state whether a local government entity can mandate vaccines (we testified against the bill to ban mask mandates, which died in the last special session).
We will testify against this legislation based on our Equal Opportunity and State/Local Relations positions. Watch for Action Alerts!
9.7.21 Capitol Action Report - Time to Testify for Redistricting in Texas!
Stephanie Swanson, LWV Texas Redistricting Issue Chair and
Published on: 9/7/2021
Your Texas legislators need to hear from you about redistricting!
The Texas Legislature is about to embark on the 2021 Redistricting Cycle, and both the House and Senate Redistricting Committees have scheduled virtual public input hearings that will take place over the next two weeks.


Public comments at the Committee hearings will be used to assist the Legislature when it draws district boundaries. Speaking up about your community is critical to ensuring district lines are drawn to keep your community whole and grouped with nearby communities with similar interests. This ensures that your voice is heard by your elected leaders across all kinds of government decisions.
9.1.21 Capitol Action Report SB 1 Passes - Your Actions Made it Better
Grace Chimene
Published on: 9/1/2021
Governor Abbott demanded a major omnibus bill to restrict access to voting and elections before the regular session began January 12, 2021. It took the entire regular session (140 days), and almost two whole special sessions for it to arrive on his desk August 31.
8.20.21 Capitol Action Report
LWV Texas
Published on: 8/20/2021
Take Action! Your Online Testimony is Needed Now! After some Democratic House members returned on Thursday, the House now has a quorum. The House immediately scheduled hearings on the bills the Senate had passed earlier.
8.16.21 Capitol Action Report
LWV Texas
Published on: 8/16/2021
Special Session #2 - the League Explains All!
The COVID epidemic should be the main topic in the 2nd Special Session!
7.26.21 Capitol Action Report
LWV Texas
Published on: 7/26/2021
Status of the Special Session(s): The Senate committees continued to meet and vote out bills through July 16, but the House suspended all committee meetings due to the lack of a quorum. Most Democrats have gone to Washington, D.C. to work for the “For the People” voting rights act.
7.12.21 Capitol Action Report
LWV Texas
Published on: 7/12/2021
Take Action Now! Expecting a vote on HB 3 at anytime. Threats to voting rights are front and center in this special session. During the regular session, we helped stop the omnibus election bill in the House.
7.9.21 Capitol Action Report
LWV Texas
Published on: 7/9/2021
The Special Session Began Yesterday! Governor Abbot issued his proclamation setting the agenda for the first Special Session beginning July 8. It contains ten items, including elections, reforming the bail system, both of which did not pass the regular session, and funding for the Legislature, which he vetoed from the budget.
7.2.21 Capitol Action Report
LWV Texas
Published on: 7/2/2021
Protect the Freedom to Vote for Voters with Disabilities! We must protect safe and accessible elections for all! The voting legislation proposed during the regular session not only changed the definition of disability, but also added new requirements to mail-in ballots, made personal assistants liable for criminal offenses, and introduced new curbside voting procedures that would make it extremely difficult for people with disabilities to vote.
6.30.21 Capitol Action Report
LWV Texas
Published on: 6/30/2021
87th Texas Legislature Special Session Begins July 8! We will continue our Capitol Action Reports with Action Alerts during each special session to keep you informed and connected to needed action.
5.31.21 SB 7 Stalls in the House! Capitol Action Report
LWV Texas
Published on: 5/31/2021
For lack of a quorum, time ran out on anti-voter SB 7 last night! The League of Women Voters of Texas partnered with local, state, and national organizations to provide support to legislators who understood the negative impact of this bill.
5.25.21 Last Call at the Capitol! All Business Concludes May 30!
LWV Texas
Published on: 5/24/2021
This is the last full week of work for the Legislators. Most bills have had hearings, are on the Calendars, and voting continues. Wednesday, May 26, is a pivotal day when all bills must have had their third readings.
5.17.21 Capitol Action Report League Principles are Under Assault
LWV Texas
Published on: 5/17/2021
We are almost at the end of a very difficult legislative session for the League.
5.10.21 Capitol Action Report Fast & Furious
LWV Texas
Published on: 5/10/2021
There are only three weeks left in the 87th Legislative Session!
4.26.21 Capitol Action Report
LWV Texas
Published on: 4/26/2021
While Medicaid expansion was looking closer than ever, the House voted it down (68-80) in their budget vote on April 22, so we don't know what will happen to these bills. Our coalition partner Every Texan has put out out a summary/comparison
4.19.21 Capitol Action Report
LWV Texas
Published on: 4/19/2021
Thanks for Your Support! Our Take Action Alerts have been wildly successful. Over 62,000 emails from League members and supporters have been sent to members of the Texas Legislature!
4.12.21 Capitol Action Report
LWV Texas
Published on: 4/12/2021
We are halfway through the 87th Texas Legislature. We anticipate a few wins and, maybe, a few significant losses. We must keep the pressure on our legislators!
3.29.21 Capitol Action Report
LWV Texas
Published on: 3/29/2021
Give a shout-out to League members who testify at the Capitol!
3.22.21 Capitol Action Report
LWV Texas
Published on: 3/22/2021
The League at the Capitol, Janet Imhoff, Vice President Advocacy
3.15.21 Capitol Action Report
LWV Texas
Published on: 3/15/2021
Lege Leaders Offer Solutions in Search of Problems Cinde Weatherby, Voting & Elections Issue Chair
Take Action on SB 7 today!
3.8.21 Capitol Action Report
LWV Texas
Published on: 3/8/2021
The League at the Capitol by Janet Imhoff, Vice President Advocacy

The Aftermath of the Big Freeze!
2.22.21 Capitol Action Report
LWV Texas
Published on: 2/22/2021
The Big Freeze! Janet Imhoff, Vice President Advocacy
2.15.21 Capitol Action Report
LWV Texas
Published on: 2/15/2021
Is This the Year Texas Will Expand Medicaid?
2.8.21 News, Updates & Action
LWV Texas
Published on: 2/8/2021
The Governor's Priorities by Janet Imhoff, Vice President Advocacy
1.25.21 News, Updates & Action
LWV Texas
Published on: 1/25/2021
It is a long-standing League tradition for members to walk the halls of the Texas Capitol and talk with their Representatives and Senators about the League's priority issues at the beginning of each Texas Legislative session.
1.18.21 Capitol Action Report
LWV Texas
Published on: 1/18/2021
The 87th Texas Legislative Session Begins!

Action News

October Action News!
League Updates on: Voting rights and election law, redistricting, National Voter Registration Day, and more!
August 2021 Action News!
LWV Texas
Published on: 8/3/2021
Support our American democracy by sharing your voting stories! Let's celebrate a democracy where we can change our political leaders in a peaceful manner through the process of voting.
July 2021 Action News!
LWV Texas
Published on: 7/6/2021
Special Session Starts July 8!
Imagine America without a free and fair democracy.
SB 7: What you need to do next! Action News 6.7.21
LWV Texas
Published on: 6/7/2021
What an exciting end to the 87th Legislative Session! Thank you so much for being with us every step of the way.
May 2021 Action News
LWV Texas
Published on: 5/3/2021
Thank you for using the Texas League's Action Alerts to voice your concerns to your Texas Legislators about the issues that are important to you!

If you would like to keep up-to-date on these issues, sign up to receive Texas League newsletters! You may sign up below and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Action News - Persist & Continue to Speak Up for Democracy! 4.5.21
LWV Texas
Published on: 4/5/2021
President's Message: Democracy is Good for Business!
March 2021 Action News!
LWV Texas
Published on: 3/1/2021
President's Message - You Just Never Know
February 2021 Action News!
LWV Texas
Published on: 2/1/2021
Great things are happening on the national front. There is positive movement on League priorities at the national level. There is already good news on health care with a special open enrollment period for the ACA and action on climate change. We are hopeful for the passage of much-needed voting reforms in HR 1, the For the People Act bill, restoring the Voting Rights Act, and fair redistricting with the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Action News! Getting Ready for the 87th Legislative Session
LWV Texas
Published on: 1/4/2021
The President's Message; A True Democracy
December Action News. Let's Prepare for the 87th Texas Legislature!
LWV Texas
Published on: 12/7/2020
The Texas elections are over and now we move into our work in advocacy, supporting our positions, for the 87th Legislative session which opens January 12, 2021.
November Action News! Waiting for an accurate count is good for a healthy democracy.
LWV Texas
Published on: 11/2/2020
11.2.2020 The large numbers of votes by mail means tallying the election results will obviously take longer than it has in the past.
October Action News!
LWV Texas
Published on: 10/5/2020
I’m going to let you in on a secret on how I overcome my apprehension that our democracy is at risk. I am a retired pediatric nurse practitioner. When a child is sick, bleeding, or hurt, I review the history, do an examination, make an assessment and take action to support that child. I won’t stand by when I’m worried our democracy is in trouble and neither will you!
September 2020 Action News!
LWV Texas
Published on: 9/7/2020
The election is almost here! And it is confusing! Be the person who knows the answers!

It is time for you to talk about voting and elections with everyone you know! This month I am talking with the media, communities of faith, sororities, educators, nonprofits, and many other organizations. I’m sharing the Leagues’ trusted voter information. And you can, too!
August League Action News!
LWV Texas
Published on: 8/3/2020
For the last year, I have been looking forward to August 26, 2020, and the centennial commemoration of the 19th Amendment. I imagined parades of women dressed as suffragists marching with banners celebrating the suffrage heroines of the past we all know as well as the African American and Latina voting rights activists we are finally learning more about. Instead, I look on with respect at the new civil rights heroes and heroines of today who are leading the peaceful protests for basic human and civil rights, in Texas and across the country.
July 2020 Action News! Face Masks Are Needed at the Polls!
LWV Texas
Published on: 7/6/2020
When Governor Abbott issued his requirement to wear face masks, he specifically exempted polling places. His statement on that issue: not having a mask should not impede a voter’s constitutional right to vote. We agree!
June Action News! LWV Responds to Injustice and COVID 19 Lawsuit updates
LWV Texas
Published on: 6/1/2020
The League of Women Voters of Texas stands with the mourners and protesters across the the US (and around the world) who were horrified by the death of yet another African American at the hands of a police officer.

Take Action Alerts

NEW Vote by Mail Action Alert! 6.30.21
LWV Texas
Published on: 6/30/2021
87th Texas Legislature Special Session Begins July 8! We will continue our Capitol Action Reports with Action Alerts during each special session to keep you informed and connected to needed action.
Contact Gov Abbott today - demand a veto to permitless carry
LWV Texas
Published on: 6/12/2021
The Governor works for you! Contact Gov Abbott today - demand a veto to permitless carry.
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TEXAS HISTORY MINUTE: Oveta Hobby, first Department of Health Secretary, wife of Texas gov.
By Ken Bridges, Sherman Denison Herald Democrat
Published on: 10/8/2021
Oveta Culp Hobby was a woman of drive and determination. From newspaper editor to presidential cabinet secretary and more, Hobby lived a life of service and breaking barriers for women.

She was born Oveta Culp in 1905 in Killeen to lawyer Ike Culp and his wife, Elizabeth. She was one of seven children. She was very intelligent and studious as a child. When her father was elected to the state legislature in 1918, she accompanied him to the Capitol on many occasions to witness the legislature in action.
Texas Election Day: Eight Proposals Will Be Voted
Carol Bull, Texas News Today
Published on: 10/5/2021
We analyzed what would happen if the eight proposed Texas constitutional amendments were passed.

Austin, Texas — On this election day, November 2, Texas voters will see eight state proposals on ballots.


Each is an amendment to the Constitution of Texas, and as always, voters have the opportunity to “agree” or “disagree” with each other.
League assembling local election information | Community Alert |
Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung
Published on: 10/4/2021
The 2021 off-year elections will be anything but off-target Nov. 2 — and that’s why the League of Women Voters-Comal Area (LWV-CA) is schooling area voters on candidates and issues.

On Monday, voters could access VOTE411.org, enter their address, and obtain ballot information specific to their location. Unregistered voters wishing to cast ballots in the general election had until Monday to register to vote.

While odd-year elections usually feature Texas constitutional amendments — there are eight proposals on this year’s ballot — voters in Comal and Guadalupe counties will decide several important issues.
Gov. Abbott faces some Republican opposition over call to increase penalties for illegal voting
Niki Grisworld, Spectrum News
Published on: 10/3/2021
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is facing some pushback from Republican leadership over his call to increase penalties for illegal voting. He added the issue to the third and current special session agenda Thursday, saying the provision for stiffer penalties was removed from the controversial election overhaul bill he signed into law in September.
City and county push forward with redistricting, public input sought
Elida S. Perez, El Paso Matters
Published on: 10/1/2021
The El Paso County Redistricting Advisory Commission is close to making a recommendation to the County Commissioners Court on how to redraw the boundaries for the four commissioner precincts.

Voting boundaries for elected officials at the local, state and federal level are redrawn every 10 years following the release of decennial U.S. census data.

El Paso County’s population in 2020 was 865,657, according to data released in August. The figure represents an 8% increase over the prior census in 2010 — the county’s slowest period of growth since the Great Depression.
LWV to register voters at Amarillo United, Amigos locations Saturday
Bailie Myers, News Channel 10
Published on: 10/1/2021
AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - The Amarillo League of Women Voters will be registering voters at United and Amigo’s locations Saturday.

The league will also be registering voters at the Women’s March at Ellwood Park.
National Voter Registration Day: This is where you can register across the Houston area
KPRC/Click2Houston.com
Published on: 9/28/2021
The 2021 National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept. 28 and KPRC 2 is partnered with the League of Women Voters of Houston to get voters registered all across the Houston area.

LWV-Houston will have more than 200 volunteers at more than 40 locations on that day to help qualified voters register to vote. QR codes linking to voter registration materials, registration status, and sample ballots, will be on hand.
League of Women Voters Wichita Falls helps get more citizens registered to vote
Markeshia Jackson, Texomas Home Page
Published on: 9/28/2021
WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — For National Voter Registration Day the League of Women Voters of Wichita Falls spent the day at three local public libraries to help get residents registered to vote, a tradition they’ve been doing for the past five years.

“Voting for the first time was a wonderful experience for me. I felt like I was grown up, I guess. I felt like I was part of society and that I had a say in what was happening and who was going to be representing me,” Cheryl Gilley, a member of the League of Women Voters said.
Voter registration deadline looms, League of Women Voters hard at work
David Furtado, ABC7 Amarillo
Published on: 9/28/2021
AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) — Time is ticking to register to vote in this upcoming election, Nov. 2, which has items ranging from constitutional amendments to tax changes.

Tuesday is a holiday you may not even know existed; National Voter Registration Day. People across the nation are filling out those registration forms, and here in The Bomb City, efforts have been going all month long.

“We will have been at all the major public high schools this September," said Sonya Letson, President of the League of Women Voters.

“We want to enforce to them that you know they have they have a right to say what happens in their future," Jami Cowart, Voter Services Coordinator with the League of Women Voters said.
LIST: Where Smith County residents can register to vote on National Voter Registration Day
Danica Sauter, KETK|FOX51 | EastTexasMatters.com
Published on: 9/26/2021
SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – The Smith County Elections Office and the League of Women Voters of Tyler will have several locations open for people to register to vote for National Voter Registration day.

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Nation Voter Registration day is on Tuesday, Sept. 28 and the East Texans can register to vote at the following areas:

Tyler Public Library – 201 South College, Tyler – From noon to 3 p.m.
Lindale Public Library – 200 East Hubbard, Lindale – From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tyler Jr. College Student Center – 1327 So Baxter – From 3:50 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
UT Tyler Muntz Library and Harvey Deck – 3900 University Blvd, Tyler – From noon to 3 p.m.
Tyler Downtown Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Smith County Elections Office – 304 East Ferguson – From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Glass Recreation Center – 501 West 32nd, Tyler – From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
New Life Community Church – 1201 NNW Loop 323 – Drive thru from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Texas Secretary of State's office announces audit of 2020 election results in Dallas, Collin, ...
Olivia Lueckemeyer, Community Impact
Published on: 9/25/2021
The Texas Secretary of State's office has launched an audit of 2020 election results in four of Texas’ largest counties: Harris, Dallas, Tarrant and Collin.

In a statement released Sept. 23, the office said it anticipates the state Legislature will fund the process.

“Under existing Texas laws, the secretary of state has the authority to conduct a full and comprehensive forensic audit of any election and has already begun the process in Texas’ two largest Democrat counties and two largest Republican counties—Dallas, Harris, Tarrant and Collin—for the 2020 election,” the statement said.
League of Women Voters to register voters ahead of November election
Maya Nascimento, KAMR - MyHighPlains.com
Published on: 9/23/2021
AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Amarillo League of Women Voters (LWV) announced it will be registering voters on Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Downtown Amarillo Public Library. Voter Services Vice President Jami Cowart said the event is in recognition of National Voter Registration Day.

“We are delighted that both the Potter County Commissioner’s Court and the Amarillo City Council have proclaimed September as Voter Registration Month, and we are pleased to report that the Amarillo League has registered senior students at all local high schools during this month. The League believes that getting young people in the habit of voting at an early age will ensure their participation in our democracy,” Cowart added.

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Amarillo LWV President Sonya Letson said they are preparing for the elections on Nov. 2.
Local women voters set registration event
Fredericksburg Standard
Published on: 9/22/2021
National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept. 28, as the deadline to register for the Nov. 2 election is Oct. 4.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, the League of Women Voters Hill Country will hold a voter registration and voter information table at the Harper Family Dollar Store, 23047 U.S. 290 West, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

League members who are deputized to register voters for Gillespie and Kerr counties will be available. Additionally, they will have information on where and when to vote. Those unable to drop by who want to check their voter registration status should visit Vote411.org.
Group petitions Texas Supreme Court over Harris County ballot harvesting case
Bethany Blankley, San Marcos Corridor News
Published on: 9/21/2021
The Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Houston-based Dr. Steven Hotze, chairman of the Harris County Republican Party, and others have asked the Texas Supreme Court to intervene to compel the Harris County elections administrator to follow election law governing mail ballot procedures and to follow a previous Texas Supreme Court ruling in State v. Hollins.

“The Administrator’s illegal election scheme creates voter confusion and an environment for voter fraud, including ballot harvesting,” Houston-based Jared Woodfill told The Center Square. “Ballot harvesting or vote trafficking are schemes where individuals collect and return mail-in votes on behalf of multiple voters. Sometimes the voter may realize their ballot is being harvested, especially if compensation was involved. Sometimes, they may not realize it is being harvested, as they are misinformed that the harvester is just ‘providing a service or assistance.’”
League of Women Voters sets virtual fall kickoff event on Sept. 26
Austin American-Statesman
Published on: 9/17/2021
The League of Women Voters Austin Area will host a virtual fall kick-off event on Sept. 26.

The topic will be “Democracy in the Spotlight: Voter Rights & Election Laws." The program will be given from 2 to 4 p.m., and volunteer deputy registrar training for those interested will be given from 4 to 5 p.m.
Lawmakers hear testimony from public on redistricting as 3rd special session approaches
Niki Griswold Spectrum News 1
Published on: 9/17/2021
Lawmakers are holding public hearings to hear testimony on the process, and grassroots organizations are encouraging Texans to participate, saying it's important for people to inform lawmakers about their communities and how they would be best represented. ​

The Texas House Redistricting Committee is holding its next public hearing this Saturday at 11 a.m.

“I wanted to work on fixing the fundamentals of democracy," said Genevieve Van Cleve, Texas director for All On The Line, a group that is fighting against the practice of gerrymandering.

She's been preparing for the upcoming redistricting process for years. ​
“The way these lines are drawn is how all of the power and the money is divvied up in Texas for a decade," she said.
“The way in which you will partition the state, the way in which certain voters are grouped with other voters, makes a big difference both in terms of political and partisan representation, as well as in racial and ethnic group representation," said
Group petitions Texas Supreme Court over Harris County ballot harvesting case
Bethany Blankley, Tyler Morning Telegraph
Published on: 9/17/2021
(The Center Square) – The Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Houston-based Dr. Steven Hotze, chairman of the Harris County Republican Party and others have asked the Texas Supreme Court to intervene to compel the Harris County elections administrator to follow election law governing mail ballot procedures, and to follow a previous Texas Supreme Court ruling in State v. Hollins.

“The Administrator’s illegal election scheme creates voter confusion and an environment for voter fraud, including ballot harvesting,” Houston-based Jared Woodfill told The Center Square. “Ballot harvesting or vote trafficking are schemes where individuals collect and return mail-in votes on behalf of multiple voters. Sometimes the voter may realize their ballot is being harvested, especially if compensation was involved. Sometimes, they may not realize it is being harvested, as they are misinformed that the harvester is just ‘providing a service or assistance.’”

There are currently 500 election fraud case
League of Women Voters of Texas Statement on the Impact of SB 1 on Texas Elections
The Gilmer Mirror
Published on: 9/8/2021
AUSTIN, TEXAS-- "For democracy to work, it must include all voices. SB 1 is an extremist anti-voter bill that raises even more barriers to voting and specifically targets vulnerable communities, especially voters with disabilities, voters of color, and elderly voters," said Grace Chimene, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas.
Here’s what’s in Texas Republicans’ new voting law
Asley Lopez, KUT
Published on: 9/8/2021
Here’s what’s in Texas Republicans’ new voting law
Editor’s Note: Senate Bill 1, Texas’ restrictive new voting bill, was the law of the Lone Star State for barely an hour when civil rights groups launched a slew of lawsuits aimed at striking down the law. A federal lawsuit filed by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says the law “intentionally targets and burdens methods and means of voting used by voters of color,” while a joint lawsuit by LULAC, Voto Latino, Texas American Federation of Teachers and the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans charges that the provisions of SB 1 are “purposely intended to limit minority voters’ access to the ballot box.” Even before the law was signed, a complaint was filed in Austin Friday on behalf of five plaintiffs including REV UP Texas and the League of Women Voters of Texas, saying SB 1 creates “a litany of needless hurdles to voting.” Read on to learn exactly what the new voting law does and who it will affect.
"Party at H-E-B Park" Will Make Voter Registration in Hidalgo County A Celebration
Texas Border Business
Published on: 9/8/2021
Edinburg Will Welcome a Festive Event with Raffles, Family Fun and Food on Saturday, September 18th Hidalgo County community members can register to vote at a festive event at Edinburg, Texas H-E-B Park on Saturday evening, September 18th. "Party at H-E-B Park" will enable visitors to register an at entertaining bash for themselves and their families. The event will feature a raffle with prizes, free snacks, and inflatable arcade games for kids. English and Spanish-speaking volunteers will be on hand to make the registration process fast and easy. "For busy, working families, finding time to register while looking after kids can be a challenge." said Sophia DeLoretto-Chudy, Campaign Manager, Good Deed Corps. "We're offering an evening of fun activities so the vital act of voter registration will feel like a celebration instead of a red tape obstacle." The event is co-organized by the nonprofit Good Deed Corps, the League of Women Voters of the Rio Grande Valley,
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs law creating new voting restrictions as opponents sue
Eva Ruth Moravec, The Washington Post
Published on: 9/7/2021
AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Tuesday signed into law a bill that creates strict new voting rules in the state, ending a months-long effort by Democrats to stall the legislation by denying Republicans a quorum in the House.

But the law already faces at least five challenges in state and federal courts, with dozens of organizations and individuals suing Texas GOP leaders and local elections officials. Abbott said he did not think the legal challenges would derail the legislation.
Texas governor signs new GOP voting restrictions into law; court battles await
Spectrum News
Published on: 9/7/2021
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an elections overhaul into law Tuesday that adds more voting restrictions in the booming state, after Democrats spent months protesting what they say are efforts to weaken minority turnout and preserve the GOP’s eroding dominance.
Women are "disproportionately impacted by voter ID laws"
PolitiFact
Published on: 9/7/2021
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States each set their own laws about voter identification requirements and name changes for voter registration. Procedures vary; some states make automatic changes while others don’t.

The Brennan Center found in 2006 that approximately 66% of voting-eligible women have a document with a current legal name. The survey didn’t ask women whether they were prevented from voting as a result of lacking an ID with their current name.
The Williams Institute at UCLA found that about 42% of transgender adults eligible to vote in 2020 in states that don't vote entirely by mail had no ID documents that reflected their correct name or gender. But the report did not contain a count of transgender adults who were not able to cast a ballot due to voter ID requirements.
League of Women Voters response to SCOTUS failure to block Texas abortion law
Runnels County Register
Published on: 9/6/2021
AUSTIN — Last night, the US Supreme Court declined to rule on a Texas law that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and allows private citizens to sue abortion providers and those who aid a person in obtaining an abortion. League of Women Voters of the United States Board President Dr. Deborah Ann Turner and League of Women Voters of Texas President Grace Chimene issued the following joint statement in response:

“By refusing to rule on Texas’s near-ban on abortions, the Supreme Court allows a horrific, anti-woman law to take effect in the state. Not only does this law essentially ban abortion services, but it opens up service providers to unjust lawsuits by private citizens simply for doing their job.

“The League of Women Voters of Texas advocated strongly against this law and other attempts by the Texas legislature to roll back reproductive rights.”
Before the legislation is even signed, Texas’ new voting rules are challenged in two federal lawsuit
Alexa Ura, SM Corridor News
Published on: 9/6/2021
Before the legislation is even signed, Texas’ new voting rules are challenged in two federal lawsuits
Harris County joined a coalition of community and advocacy groups filing lawsuits over Senate Bill 1, arguing the far-reaching rewrite of Texas voting laws violates the U.S. Constitution and numerous federal laws and will suppress voters.
Before the legislation is even signed, Texas’ new voting rules are challenged in two federal lawsuit
Alexa Ura, KRGV
Published on: 9/6/2021
"Before the legislation is even signed, Texas’ new voting rules are challenged in two federal lawsuits" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

The top elections official in Harris County and a host of organizations that serve Texans of color and Texans with disabilities have fired the opening salvos in what’s expected to be an extensive legal battle over Texas’ new voting rules.
Calling It An Extremist Anti-Voter Bill – Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Texas Law
The Davis Vangard
Published on: 9/5/2021
Austin-Texas – This week after lawmakers in Texas finally passed anti-voter SB 1, a coalition of civil rights organizations filed a lawsuit.

“SB1 is a discriminatory law that creates more unnecessary barriers and silences the voices of Texans with disabilities as well as Texans of color,” said Lia Sifuentes Davis, Senior Litigation Attorney with Disability Rights Texas, one of the co-counsel on the case.

While Ryan Cox, Senior Attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Process said, “SB1 officially cements Texas as the hardest state to vote in the country.”
Civil Rights Groups Sue State Of Texas Over Restrictive Voting Rights Bill
Pau Debenedetto / Joey Palacios, TPR
Published on: 9/3/2021
The suit filed by MALDEF on behalf of several groups and the Harris County Elections Administrator says Senate Bill 1 threatens to criminalize voter engagement activities, limits voter assistance and allows voter intimidation by partisan poll watchers.
Texas elections bill faces two federal court challenges from voting rights advocates
Sami Sparber, Dallas Morning News
Published on: 9/3/2021
In one lawsuit, Dallas’ Friendship-West Baptist Church joins Hispanic, Black voting rights activists in fight to overturn bill they argue violates federal law.

AUSTIN — Two separate coalitions of voting rights advocates, civil rights organizations and faith-based groups filed lawsuits Friday challenging the divisive GOP elections bill, days after Texas lawmakers greenlit the proposal and sent it to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.
The groups argued that provisions in the bill, expected to be signed soon by Abbott, violate federal law and asked judges to block the governor and other state officials from enforcing it.
Civil Rights Sue Over Texas Voting Law
KURV
Published on: 9/3/2021
The state of Texas is facing several lawsuits over a new election law which the GOP claims is needed to fight voter fraud. The one filed by the civil rights group MALDEF, claims that it is both unconstitutional and violates federal voting rights law.

The group also says the law criminalizes the type of help that non-English speakers need to navigate a polling place. It also makes it illegal for organizers to help groups get to the ballot box. Similar lawsuits were also filed today by the Brennan Center, the League of Women Voters, Texas Impact, and the Texas Civil Rights Project.
Biden blasts Supreme Court refusal to block Texas abortion ban; Pelosi vows vote on House bill to en
Robert Barnes, Ann E. Marimow, Emily Wax-Thibodeaux and Ca
Published on: 9/2/2021
A divided Supreme Court late Wednesday refused to block a Texas abortion statute that bans the procedure as early as six weeks into pregnancy, drawing sharp criticism from President Biden and a pledge from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to call a vote on legislation that would enshrine a woman's right to an abortion into federal law.

The court’s five most consistent conservatives — Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr., plus President Donald Trump’s nominees to the court, Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — said they would let the law stand while the legal battle over it continues.
Elections overhaul bill passes Texas Legislature
KENS5
Published on: 9/1/2021
SAN ANTONIO — Expect some changes the next time you cast a vote.

Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign Senate Bill 1 into law after legislators advanced the measure on Tuesday.

The controversial bill, which seeks to tighten voting rules across Texas, prompted special sessions and Democrats to flee to Washington D.C.
Texas Lawmakers Reach Compromise on School Mask Mandates, Plan to Allow Parents to “Opt Out”
Eli Kirshbaum, State of Reform
Published on: 8/31/2021
Texas lawmakers with contrasting bills on school mask mandates recently reached an agreement on legislation to address the issue. In a meeting of the Texas House Committee on Public Education on Monday, committee Chair Rep. Harold Dutton, Jr., said he and Rep. Jeff Leach plan to craft a bill that permits school districts to implement mask mandates, but allows parents to opt their children out.
Commentary: Democracy is at risk. Get registered to vote.
Madhu Sridhar , San Antonio Express-News
Published on: 8/28/2021
Today, National Voter Registration Day, is a time to galvanize those who have not yet been brought into the electoral process. The right to vote is the foundation of democracy. American democracy is at risk. Engaged citizens are democracy’s best defense.

Voter registration drives are taking place in Texas against the backdrop of the extremist anti-voter bill SB 1 that was signed into law earlier this month. The law, passed under the guise of election integrity, aims to restrict political participation, disproportionately targeting marginalized voters. At the signing of the bill, Gov. Greg Abbott said this will “make it harder for cheaters to cast an illegal ballot.”
August 26th is Women’s Equality Day
Dallas Weekly
Published on: 8/26/2021
Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, 2021, commemorates the adoption of the 19th Amendment, granting voting rights for many American women. On this day the League of Women Voters of Texas celebrates advancements made towards achieving full political, economic, and social equality. It is a celebration of the trailblazers, visionaries, and suffragists who have worked towards equal rights for all.

“We take this day to reflect on how far we have come and to assess the future of voting and elections in Texas,” said Grace Chimene, President of the Texas League. “The 19th Amendment was a step forward to ensuring every voice is heard in the crafting of the laws that impacts us all. League members and supporters believe democracy works best when all eligible voters can participate.”
Controversial Texas Voting Laws Overshadowed By Quorum Break Set To Take Effect Next Week
Andrew Schneider, Houston Public Media
Published on: 8/25/2021
Much of the drama over this summer's special legislative sessions has focused on Gov. Greg Abbott's priority elections bill, which spurred a quorum-breaking walkout from Texas Democrats that ended this week.

Overshadowed by the political battle in Austin: the Texas Legislature did in fact pass several bills on voting during the regular session. And only a few of the new voting laws come without controversy.
Celebrating Women’s Equality Day: Women’s suffrage in El Paso
Karla Draksler, KTSM
Published on: 8/25/2021
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The Women’s Suffrage movement led to women’s voting rights in the United States in August 1920, with the ratification of the 19th Amendment, with many El Pasoans also participating in the fight.

Janine Young, one of the board directors at the El Paso Historical Society, said that many suffragettes in the Borderland deserve much more exposure than they get.


Ruth Augur, founder of the El Paso Equal Franchise League, Courtesy: El Paso Historical Society
The El Paso Equal Franchise League, or the El Paso Suffrage League, was founded in 1915 by Ruth Monro Augur, who was an artist and journalist who was 28 years old when she founded the league.
Progressives want Biden to push harder on voting rights
Mark Gruenberg, Peoples World
Published on: 8/25/2021
WASHINGTON—The Democratic-run U.S. House may have passed a major voting rights bill on a party-line vote, but progressive groups aren’t letting Democratic President Joe Biden off the hook.

Instead, they tramped to Lafayette Park, just in front of the White House, on August 25 to demand he force voter protection and voting rights expansion through a balky evenly split U.S. Senate.

Marshaled by People for the American Way, the NAACP, and the League of Women Voters, several hundred people gathered in the newly reopened park to declare “STEP UP JOE,” in a large sign made of big single letters.
Lawsuits challenging state voting restrictions could alter rules for 2022 midterms, 2024 presidentia
Bart Jansen, USA Today (pay wall)
Published on: 8/23/2021
WASHINGTON – In Panama City, Florida, the League of Women Voters set up a face-painting table for children during community gatherings at the library. While the children were occupied, former chapter president Cecile Scoon said volunteers could chat up parents about registering to vote or voting by mail.
Then on early voting days in the fall, Scoon said the group would find a shady tree near the Glenwood Community Center polling place, to answer voters’ questions over grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. On a good day, there might be shrimp. Voters who couldn't break away from work could use Bay County's 24-hour drop box for receiving absentee ballots.
Such get-out-the-vote efforts are under threat by a new state law adopted after the 2020 election. Scoon, the League of Women Voters and other groups are challenging the law in federal court, arguing the measures make it harder to vote, especially for people of color.
Potter County starts process for November election
David Gay, Amarillo Globe-News
Published on: 8/23/2021
The process for November’s election in Potter County began Monday as the Commissioners’ Court unanimously approved various orders establishing what the election will look like.

The election, which is scheduled for Nov. 2, will include eight state constitutional amendments that include topics such as the state’s ability to limit religious services, changing the eligibility requirements for certain positions within the judicial branch, and establishing the right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation.
Texas Democrats Return Home To A New Battle: Redistricting
Ashley Lopez, KUT.org, GPB.org
Published on: 8/21/2021
Texas grew more than any other state in the last decade. Tasked with adding two congressional districts, some political watchers say redistricting could be a "blood bath" between the state parties.

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After more than a month out of the state, some Texas Democrats have returned to Austin. They fled to Washington, D.C., in July, you may recall, to stall a restrictive voting bill that Texas Republicans want to pass. Now that they've returned, there's another huge job ahead for lawmakers - drawing new district lines across a state that has grown more than any other over the last decade. Ashley Lopez of member station KUT in Austin reports.
Texas Democrats Return Home To A New Battle: Redistricting
Ashley Lopez, KUT 90.5 - Iowa Public Radio
Published on: 8/20/2021
Some Texas Democrats who broke quorum last month have started to return to the state, which means lawmakers are starting to get back to work. In the coming weeks, that work will have to include the giant task of drawing new voting district lines for the state. Texas has grown more than any other over the last decade and has gained two additional seats in Congress.

Redistricting is historically a messy, contentious and partisan process no matter the state. This year in Texas, though, tension is already at an all-time high before lawmakers meet to draw new maps.
LWVCA Forum to Identify “Communities of Interest” as Redistricting Begins
Stephanie Johnson, MyCanyonLake
Published on: 8/19/2021
The U.S. Census Bureau released data last week that provides a snapshot of demographics in Texas counties like Comal, now the second-fastest growing county in the Texas.
The county saw its population grow by 49% since 2010, from 108,472 to 161,501 in 2020. Comal is now the fifth-fastest growing county in the United States.

Texas legislators will use this 2020 census data to realign state legislative and congressional districts before the 2022 election.

The federal government will use it to allocate billions of dollars in funding to hospitals, roads, schools, and other critical infrastructure.

To ensure Comal and surrounding counties are fairly represented during redistricting, League of Women Voters of the Comal Area (LWVCA), in conjunction with Fair Maps Texas, hosts a nonpartisan Redistricting Mapping Event from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Census results to shape League of Women Voters forum on redistricting
Will Wright, The Herald-Zeitung
Published on: 8/18/2021
Redistricting season officially kicked off with Thursday’s release of detailed population data from the U.S. Census Bureau that will be used to redraw local, state and national voting districts in the coming months.

It could determine control of Congress, the Texas Legislature, and city and county alignments beginning with the 2022 elections. The League of Women Voters of the Comal Area is hosting a Redistricting Mapping Event from 2-3:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Westside Community Center, 2932 South Interstate 35 Frontage Road in New Braunfels.

LWV-Texas is sponsoring the event, which will identify, define and map area and regional communities of interest, called COIs.
Texans May Update Voter Registration Online Thanks To Lawsuit Victory
DCCC, KRWG
Published on: 8/2/2021
Commentary: In a huge victory for voting rights, Texas voters will now permanently be able to register to vote online when they update their driver’s license information, following a successful legal challenge by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the Texas Democratic Party.

The DCCC, DSCC, and Texas Democratic Party intervened in a lawsuit against the state of Texas after they refused to comply with the National Voter Registration Act, often referred to as the “motor voter” law. In August, the lawsuit forced a temporary fix that allowed Texas voters to register to vote online when they updated their driver’s license, which has since led to more than one million Texans using this method to register to vote or update their registration — after this week’s victory, those protections are now permanent.


“This legal victory deals a blow to voter suppression at a pivotal moment for democracy in America,”
About A Million Texans Have Registered To Vote Online Since Court Ruling On Motor Voter Laws
Ashley Lopez, KUT 90.5
Published on: 7/31/2021
After a lengthy court battle, the Texas Department of Safety has started allowing voters to update their voter information at the same time they update their driver’s license information online.

The Texas Civil Rights Project filed a federal lawsuit against the state on behalf of three voters in Texas who thought they had updated their addresses on their voter registration through the DPS website. They later found out that never happened because online voter registration is illegal in Texas.

The plaintiffs in the case were Jarrod Stringer, Nayeli Gomez and John Harms, as well as two organizations, MOVE Texas and the League of Women Voters of Texas.

The lawsuit claimed Texas was violating the National Voter Registration Act — which includes federal motor voter laws — and the U.S. Constitution. The Texas Civil Rights Project first sued the state five years ago, but the lawsuit was thrown out on a technicality. The group sued again shortly after.
Letter to the editor: HB 3 is an attack on our right to vote
Terry Gilleland, Times Record News
Published on: 7/27/2021
My ability to vote is precious to me and my community - HB 3 is an attack on our right to vote. During the regular session, the comprehensive election bill, SB 7, failed to pass. Now, another comprehensive election bill, HB 3, will soon be heard on the House floor, and I urge you to vote NO. My particular concerns are:

This letter is the result of study of the bill by the League of Women Voters of Texas. I am a proud member of this non-partisan group who stand for Voter’s Rights.

HB 3 would make voting by mail a much more precarious process: if the additional required voter ID number on the application to vote by mail does not match the voter ID number on the voter's application for voter registration, the application to vote by mail is rejected. Similarly, if the additional required voter ID number on the carrier envelope does not match the number on the application for voter registration, the ballot is rejected. It's easy to see how this mismatch can inadvertently happen
Study finds nearly 400 Nueces County children with lead poisoning
Jeremy Landers, KIIITV
Published on: 7/23/2021
NUECES COUNTY, Texas — A four year study on the impact on lead poisoning in children living in Nueces County was presented to County Commissioners on Wednesday by the League of Women Voters.

The group sent off a request to the Texas Department of State Health Services for data from 44 area zip codes looking for the number of children under 6 with elevated blood lead levels between the years of 2012 and 2017. What they found was that nearly 400 children reported some sort of lead poisoning in just the top 12 zip codes.
Study: Hundreds of Nueces County children suffered lead poisoning over five-year period
Vicky Camarillo, Corpus Christi Caller Times
Published on: 7/23/2021
Around 300 Nueces County children under the age of 6 — and potentially hundreds more — had high levels of lead in their blood between 2012 and 2017, and at least 50 more children experience lead poisoning each year, according to an analysis by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The League of Women Voters of Corpus Christi presented the findings of that study to the Nueces County commissioners’ court this week.

The presentation also showed that, as recently as 2019, the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi’s Child Development Center had a higher level of lead in its water than federal regulations allow.
Here’s how hard it is to vote in Texas
By Fabiola Cineas, VOX
Published on: 7/22/2021
Texas already has some of the most restrictive voting laws in the country, but that hasn’t stopped Republican state legislators from wanting to make it even harder for residents to cast a ballot.

The latest Republican voting bills (one version in the state House and another in the state Senate) would end measures that led to record turnout in several Texas counties last year and increased accessibility for vulnerable populations. For example, it would prevent drive-through polling sites in the state, implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and require individuals who assist non-English speakers and disabled voters to submit additional paperwork. Plus, if signed into law, Texas would give more power to partisan poll “watchers,” meaning officials would have a hard time removing people who could be harassing voters.
Local business community reacts to rally in support of Texas Democrats in DC
Erin Coulehan, KTSM
Published on: 7/21/2021
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — A coterie of former Democratic officials, non-profit organizations and more gathered at Tom Lea Park on Wednesday morning in support of the Democratic members of the Texas Legislature who remain in Washington, D.C., after breaking quorum last week to prevent voting during a special session on a controversial voting bill.

“For Abraham Lincoln, Benito Juarez and Kamala Harris, voting was and is a sacred right — a big, big, right. For each of us, it’s a sacred duty,” said former Texas State Sen. Eliot Shapleigh.

He was joined by fellow former Texas Sen. Jose Rodriguez, as well as the El Paso League of Women Voters, the Border Network for Human Rights, Sunrise El Paso and more.
Texas Impact holds "Let My People Vote" rally at state Capitol
Stephanie Becerra, CBS Austin
Published on: 7/19/2021
Members of the Texas Impact, the nearly 50-year-old statewide advocacy organization representing Texans of faith working for justice, the League of Women Voters of Texas, the NAACP of Texas, and LULAC of Texas, are hosting a “Let My People Vote” Rally for Voting Rights at the Texas Capitol on Monday.

Texas Impact anticipates at least 400 rally attendees will gather, calling on state lawmakers to not place proposed restrictions on voting.

The group rejects restrictive measures and wants state leaders to forge a compromise, focus on common-sense modernization of Texas’ election laws that will improve voter access and increase transparency in all Texas elections.
Gov. Greg Abbott Gave Texas Democrats A Big Bargaining Chip
Joel Nihlean, ExtraNewsfeed
Published on: 7/18/2021
For all his tough guy antics, Texas Governor Greg Abbott may have inadvertently given the state’s Democrats a big bargaining chip: More control over the state’s partisan redistricting efforts. The question is, will Democrats use it?
After the end of the regular session of the Legislature and the defeat of two of the governor’s top priorities, he targeted the Legislature’s own budget with a line-item veto to retaliate. This move may have won him a battle, but lost him the war.
“I will veto Article 10 of the budget passed by the legislature ,” he tweeted. “Article 10 funds the legislative branch. No pay for those who abandon their responsibilities.”
Texas Democrats’ historic walkout to block GOP elections bills receives national praise and condemna
Russell Falcon, FOX44 News
Published on: 7/13/2021
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Democratic lawmakers drew a line in the sand on Monday afternoon after staging a planned walkout of the state Capitol and onto a flight to Washington D.C. — all in their latest effort to block Republican elections overhaul bills, which Democrats say are merely voter suppression.

The bills stem from the previous Senate Bill 7, which was defeated by another Democratic walk-out. But this week, Senate Bill 1 and its House equivalent received their first hearings. Despite no proof of widespread fraud in Texas’ 2020 Election, state Republicans have honed in on “election integrity” as a major party platform.
League of Women Voters of Texas Statement on Failed Quorum in Special Session
The Gilmer Mirror
Published on: 7/12/2021
League of Women Voters of Texas
Statement on Failed Quorum in Special Session
July 12, 2021


The League of Women Voters of Texas president, Grace Chimene, issued the following statement in response to the failed legislative process that drove some legislators to leave Texas today.

“As a non-partisan organization whose mission is empowering voters and defending democracy, the League is deeply disappointed that only extreme measures like the legislative exodus we saw today can prevent Texans from losing their voting rights.

“During the regular legislative session, the League of Women Voters of Texas (LWVTX) partnered with local, state, and national organizations to provide input to legislators who were considering various election bills. Yet, when SB 7 emerged as the final, comprehensive election bill, it was clear that voting rights were under attack. Under the guise of making elections more secure, SB 7 threatened the very core of our right to cast a ballot.
Wichita Falls student selected to represent Texas at Girls Nation in Washington D.C.
Markeshia Jackson, KXAN
Published on: 7/8/2021
WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — For 17-year-old Tina Majdinasab, some of her duties include being president of the Wichita County Junior Bar Association and serving as a teen court attorney, but even those roles couldn’t compare to what was to come next.

“I was over the moon like you have no idea. So, it was online so the whole thing was on a zoom webinar and then they announced my name, I jumped out of my seat, I went and screamed at my family, ‘I’m going to Washington D.C.,'” Majdinasab said.

The rising Rider High School Senior was selected out of 600 girls in this year’s Texas Bluebonnet Girls State to be one of the two girls to represent Texas at Girls Nation in Washington D.C.
Fort Worth residents warned not to share info on website seeking to ‘verify’ votes
BRIAN LOPEZ
Published on: 6/11/2021
County officials are advising Fort Worth residents to ignore a post card that asks them to verify their vote by entering personal information on a non-secure website.
Texas Democrats call on Congress to help fight voting restrictions
Benjamin Wermund , Taylor Goldenstein , Houston Chronicle
Published on: 6/2/2021
WASHINGTON — As Texas Democrats drew national attention over the weekend, dramatically killing a massive package of election measures that would have reduced access to the polls, they said they wanted to make a larger point about what they view as Republican efforts to suppress the minority vote.
Texas Legislative Session Ends in Controversy
Suzanne Freeman, Corpus Christi Business News
Published on: 6/1/2021
Corpus Christi Rep. Todd Hunter to lead redistricting efforts in special session
Groups' ad blasts voter suppression bill
Dave McNeely, The Huntsville Item
Published on: 5/27/2021
"Democracy is Under Attack"

That was the headline Friday ((May 21)) on a full-page ad in the front section of The Austin American-Statesman, blasting the Republican-dominated Texas Legislature for its efforts to make it harder to vote.
Opinion: I grew up in Jim Crow Texas, and we must stay vigilant on voter suppression
Houston Chronicle: Gary L. Bledsoe
Published on: 5/26/2021
Growing up in Odessa, my family had to eat in restaurant kitchens when we ate out because African Americans were banned from main dining areas.
Local officials react to SB 7 passage in House
MEGAN GRAY-HATFIELD, Gainesville Daily Register
Published on: 5/10/2021
A pared down version of Senate Bill 7 is headed back to the Senate after it passed the House on Friday.

Senate Bill 7, which is written by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, passed the House with a vote of 81-64. Now the Senate has to review and approve amendments made by the House before it can be sent to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.
Did a Black Woman Get Prison for Illegal Voting, While a White Man Got Probation?
Snopes.com
Published on: 5/5/2021
Did a Black Woman Get Prison for Illegal Voting, While a White Man Got Probation? - Snopes.com
'It's absolute crap': Heated exchange at Texas Capitol
Maggie Glynn, KXAN.com
Published on: 4/29/2021
'It's absolute crap': Heated exchange at Texas Capitol after lawmaker tries to push election bill ...
Community leaders against Texas permitless carry bill, say it's unsafe
Hays Free Press
Published on: 4/28/2021
Community leaders against Texas permitless carry bill, say it's unsafe
League of Women Voters host virtual panel addressing permitless carry bill concerns
By KLTV Digital Media Staff
Published on: 4/27/2021
AUSTIN, Texas (KLTV) - A watchdog group held a press conference Tuesday to speak out addressing their concerns regarding permitless carry bills.
Texas GOP Bill to Bar Drive-Thru Voting Advances
CAMERON LANGFORD, Courthouse News Service
Published on: 4/21/2021
Critics said they find it unbelievable Republican lawmakers would adopt a bill to make it less safe to vote during the pandemic.
Election judges could carry guns at most polling sites under bill passed by Texas House
By James Barragán The Dallas Morning News
Published on: 4/20/2021
Reprinted in the Denton Record Chronicle.
AUSTIN — The Texas House on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow election judges to carry handguns at most polling locations on Election Day and during early voting.
Mayor Turner stands against voter suppression
Jewish Herald-Voice
Published on: 4/8/2021
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Mayor Sylvester Turner invited a diverse group of elected officials, community leaders and business executives to stand in solidarity against voter suppression bills in the Texas Legislature.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Blasts Houston-Area Leaders Over Opposition To Voting Bills
Andrew Schneider, Houston Public Media News, KUT.org
Published on: 4/6/2021
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick blasted Houston-area leaders for enacting voting laws that he said were unconstitutional, after they called out state legislators for pushing for new strict voting laws.
Democracy is Good for Business!
The Gilmer Mirror
Published on: 4/5/2021
Advocacy Organizations Reach Out to Texas Business Community to Support Voting Rights
Her Ballot Didn't Count. She Faces 5 Years in Prison for Casting It
New York Times
Published on: 4/3/2021
Limited access
Groups Ask Texas Lawmakers To Allow Virtual Public Input For Controversial Voting Bills
Ashley Lopez, KUT 90.5
Published on: 3/23/2021
Voting rights groups in Texas are asking state lawmakers to accommodate remote public input as they consider sweeping voting legislation this week.
Texas This Week: League of Women Voters Texas discusses 'election integrity' bills
Ashley Goudeau, CBS19.tv KYTX
Published on: 3/21/2021
This week, the governor held a news conference to support a group of bills that he says will enhance "election integrity." But critics say the bills suppress voters.
Texas GOP launches avalanche of bills to curtail voting
Jane C. Timm, NBC News
Published on: 3/15/2021
Lawmakers are seeking to limit early voting and tighten ID requirements, among other restrictive measures.
Texas State University designated a voter friendly campus
Staff Reports, San Marcos Corridor News
Published on: 3/11/2021
SAN MARCOS – Texas State University has been designated a “Voter Friendly Campus” through an initiative led by the national nonpartisan organizations Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project (CVP) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
Women's History Month: League of Women's Voter
Yahoo News
Published on: 3/11/2021
Watch Kendria Lafleur and Katie Lopez talk with Abby Breidenbach who highlights the League of Women Voters during Women's History Month.
LWV-CA seminar will review Texas health care
Will Wright, Herald Zeitung
Published on: 3/9/2021
The state of health care in Texas will be the topic of a Zoom seminar hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Comal Area (LWV-CA) on Wednesday, March. 17.
Calendar event
Bryan-College Station Eagle
Published on: 3/6/2021
The Texas Democratic Women of the Brazos Valley meeting, via Zoom at 2 p.m. Stephanie Swanson, the issue chair of redistricting and census for the League of Women Voters of Texas, will speak. A question-and-answer session will follow. Register at go.theeagle.com/tdwbv.
Amarillo League member appointed to state LWV board
KAMR/KCIT
Published on: 3/4/2021
AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Announced today, Linda Vaughn, forums chair of the Amarillo League of Women Voters Board of Directors, has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the League of Women Voters of Texas board until June 2022. She had been serving this year on the state organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force.
Federal voting law aimed at Texas is early test of Democrats' power in DC
Houston Chronicle (need login)
Published on: 3/4/2021
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The League of Women Voters of Texas Calls on Texas Legislature to Plan for Future Extreme Weather
Contributed by Grace Chimene, Irving Weekly
Published on: 2/20/2021
As millions of Texans are without power and water due to continuing severe weather conditions, the League of Women Voters of Texas calls on the Texas Legislature, the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) network to take responsibility for this failure of our independent power grid and develop plans and systems to prevent future disasters like this one.
LWV discuss voting rights and election redistricting
Bonnie Arnold, Hill Country Community Journal
Published on: 2/10/2021
Members of the League of Women Voters of the Hill Country-Texas held a virtual February meeting; and hosted Janet Imhoff, vice president of the Texas League and Advocacy chair, who spoke on the League interests and activities for the newly opened Texas Legislative session in Austin.
League of Women Voters Texas to Host Virtual “Lobby Day” This Weekend
WBAP News/Talk
Published on: 2/4/2021
AUSTIN (WBAP/KLIF News) – North Texans are invited to join the League of Women Voters Texas’ virtual Lobby Day over the weekend.
Members sought for local League of Women Voters
The Baytown Sun
Published on: 2/2/2021
Baytown area women interested in establishing a Baytown Chapter of the League of Women Voters will meet via ZOOM on Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Liberty County’s election website ranks in state’s top 22 percent
Bluebonnet News
Published on: 1/27/2021
The League of Women Voters of Texas has named Liberty County’s election website as outstanding.
New Texas district boundary lines underway, advocates concerned
KRGV.com
Published on: 1/18/2021
The Texas State Legislature is working on redistricting, or drawing new district boundary lines that reflect the community. This year, advocates say they are focused on making sure that district boundary lines are drawn fairly
Voting Groups Warn Texas Lawmakers Aren't Making It Easy For People Who Want A Say In Redistricting
Ashley Lopez, KUT 90.5
Published on: 1/14/2021
Voting groups say redistricting plans the Texas Senate laid out in a resolution passed Wednesday do not reasonably accommodate public input.
Today Was Opening Day Of The 2021 Texas Legislative Session. Here's What Happened
Staff, KUT.org 90.5
Published on: 1/12/2021
Today was opening day of the 87th Texas legislative session. Lawmakers convened at noon in the state Capitol, where new senators and representatives were sworn in.
League of Women Voters of Texas recognizes Navarro County Elections staff
Mark Archibald Daily Sun
Published on: 1/11/2021
The League of Women Voters of Texas recognized the Navarro County Elections Administrator and staff for its outstanding COVID-19 website, providing accurate, accessible, and useful voter information on a safe and secure election website.
Capitol riot reactions: Houston-area businesses, organizations weigh in on turmoil
KPRC Click2Houston
Published on: 1/7/2021
HOUSTON – Here are some of the statements released by Houston-area businesses and organizations in reaction to the Capitol riot.
LWVTX in the News Jun-Dec 2020
LWV Texas
Published on: 12/23/2020
Links to articles from Jun 2020 - Dec 2020
LWVTX in the News 2015 - May 2020
LWV Texas
Published on: 6/1/2020
Links to news articles referencing the League of Women Voters of Texas

LWV Baytown

Baytown LWV hosts voter rights forum today
The Baytown Sun
Published on: 4/19/2021
The newly formed Baytown Chapter of the League of Women Voters will host a public forum April 20 to discuss bills in the Texas Legislature that address voter issues and election law. The event will be hosted on Zoom from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

LWV Bell Co News

Local women reflect on 100 years of suffrage
Megan Vanselow, KWTX
Published on: 8/18/2020
TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) - Women won the right to vote 100 years ago Tuesday in the U.S. and two local women say they’re grateful.

LWV Cy-Fair News

Two CFISD Teachers Accepted to Harvard Case Study Method Project
Aug. 2, 2019—Two CFISD government teachers, Tiffany Cross and Roxana Caulder, were recently accepted into the Harvard Case Study Method Project taking place Aug. 18-20 at Harvard University.
Harris County sees record-breaking voter turnout in November midterm elections
Published on: 11/26/2018
Harris County sees record-breaking voter turnout in November midterm elections - Community Impact Newspaper (11/26/18)
League of Women Voters-Cy-Fair works to educate voters on local issues
As election season approaches in Texas, the local chapter of the League of Women Voters—a nonpartisan political organization—is helping voters get informed.

LWV Victoria News

Before the legislation is even signed, Texas’ new voting rules are challenged in two federal lawsuit
Alexa Ura, KRGV
Published on: 9/4/2021
Senate Bill 1 is a far-reaching rewrite of the state’s election code that further tightens voting-by-mail rules, reins in local efforts to expand voting options, bolsters access for partisan poll watchers and sets new rules — and possible criminal penalties — for those who assist voters in casting their ballots. Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune
"Before the legislation is even signed, Texas’ new voting rules are challenged in two federal lawsuits" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

LWV Waco News

Virtual panel held to discuss suffrage, Black women’s suffrage and voter suppression
Sarah Pinkerton, Baylor Lariat
Published on: 9/23/2020
To recognize the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, a virtual panel was held on Tuesday, National Voter Registration Day. Speakers discussed the history of women’s suffrage, Black women’s suffrage and the way voter suppression continues.

Local Leagues

Local Leagues in the News Archive Jun 2020 - Jun 2021
LWV Texas
Published on: 6/24/2021
A list of "in the news" articles for all local Leagues
Comal County's League of Women Voters pushing for fair redistricting of boundaries
Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung
Published on: 4/27/2021
Texas’ torrid growth over the past decade is paying off with a major boost in political clout — two additional congressional seats and electoral votes deepening its already massive influence in the nation’s politics.
League of Women Voters honors Judge Darr for role in making democracy work
Emily Holeva contributed, Midland Reporter-Telegram
Published on: 4/2/2021
The Honorable Judge Robin Malone Darr is the real deal.

That sentence kept running through my mind as I sat in Judge Darr’s office in the Midland County Courthouse and spoke with her about life, her career and the meaning of making democracy work in Midland County.
Texas local Leagues in the news July 2018 - May 2020
Published on: 5/31/2020
An archive of local Leagues in the news
Texas local Leagues in the news Jan 2016 - May 2018
Published on: 6/1/2018
An archive of local Leagues in the news - 2016, 2017, 2018