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LWVGV is a nonpartisan political organization.  We promote informed and active participation in government and act on selected governmental issues. We influence public policy through education and advocacy.
Anyone, any gender, over age 16 is invited to join.

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EMPOWERING VOTERS.  
DEFENDING DEMOCRACY.


We BELIEVE
  
in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.

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We ENVISION  
a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.

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“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


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Fourteenth Amendment - Citizenship, Equal Protection, and Other Post-Civil War Provisions (1868)

Section 3

No Person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.


Section 5

The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.


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Ranked-Choice Voting "RCV"
Ranked-Choice Voting "RCV"

This Washington Post article followed the Jan 6 siege of the US Capital:

"There’s a reason why Lisa Murkowski can threaten to leave the Republicans"

When more than two candidates run in an election, a candidate can win without a majority - just a higher percentage than anyone else.


With RCV, voters rank candidates in order of preference: one, two, three, and so forth. 
If a candidate receives a majority of the first choices, that candidate wins. However, if there is no majority winner after counting first choices, the race is decided by an "instant runoff." The candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated, and voters who picked that candidate as ‘number 1’ will switch to their next choice. This process continues until there’s a majority winner.
LWVCO "Better Voting Methods"


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Equal Rights Amendment
Equal Rights Amendment
"EQUALITY OF RIGHTS UNDER THE LAW SHALL NOT BE DENIED OR ABRIDGED BY THE UNITED STATES OR BY ANY STATE ON ACCOUNT OF SEX."

1920:  The 
19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote.

1923:  Alice Paul introduced the first version of the ERA.

  1972:  The current ERA was introduced and ratified by the first 22 states.

2020:  Virginia became the required 38th state to ratify the ERA.

2021:  Is the year for Congress to remove the time limit set for ratification.


For more information go to:
equalrightsamendment.org

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National Popular Vote
National Popular Vote
Colorado Voters passed Prop. 113 to join the multi-state NPV compact.  We are the 15th state plus DC to pass the NPV.  This brings the total electoral votes to 196 - which means that 74 electoral votes are still needed to choose the President by popular vote. 

For more information go to:

nationalpopularvote.com


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Statehood for DC
Statehood for DC
The residents of DC have 3 electoral votes in the Presidential election. 

They do not, however, have any representation in Congress.  DC's
 population is greater than both WY & VT.  It's time for DC's 700,000 residents to have their voice in Congress.  
LWV supports DC as the 51st state.

Learn more @

 statehood.dc.gov
and 
LWVCO - Sign the Petition 

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Voting Rights Act of 1965
Voting Rights Act of 1965
Five months after "Bloody Sunday" on the Edmond Petus Bridge, the VRA of 1965 was signed into law by President Johnson. This Act banned the "Jim Crow Laws" passed by Southern Democrats following the  ratification of the 15th Amendment.  These laws had disenfranchised black Americans by using the "separate but equal" doctrine and imposed literacy test, poll taxes, property ownership, moral character tests, etc.

The VRA prohibited state and local governments from imposing any voting laws that discriminated against minorities.  And it specifically targeted those
with a history of voter discrimination by subjecting any law changes to 'preclearance' by the federal government.

"The Gutting of the VRA"

A 5-4 Supreme Court decision in 2013 struck down a key component of the 'preclearance' requirement.  In her dissent, Justice Ginsberg wrote:
 
“Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.”

In 2018, the Court allowed states to purge voting rolls for inactivity.


In another 5-4
decision in 2019, the Court ruled that they did not have the power to review gerrymandered maps and left it up to the states.

See the FOR THE PEOPLE ACT below

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For the People Act of 2019
For the People Act of 2019
This first bill of the 2019 Legislative session H.R.1 was introduced in the House on Jan 3, 2019 and, after 54 amendments, passed the House on Mar 8, 2019.

The bill moved to the Senate on Mar 12, 2019 and was never brought to a vote.

Overview of the Bill: 
To expand Americans' access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes.


The Congressional Research Service's summary of the bill can be found here:
Library of Congress - For the People Act 


The LWV is a sponsor of the petition for this bill to be passed in 2021- sign it here:
Petition - For the People Act 
 

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