Voice of the People -- Sunday, August 24
League of Women Voters committed to rights for all
Women's Equality Day, Aug. 26, is the 94th anniversary of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. The League of Women Voters of the Huntington Area is marking this historic occasion through its ongoing work to engage and empower all voters.
League members are committed to making sure voters have the information they need to participate in elections and ensure their votes count. We will cooperate with The Herald-Dispatch on its election guide, sponsor candidates meetings and register citizens to vote.
In addition, the WV League's website will feature information on candidates and elections processes. Voters can also access "Vote411.org" for election information throughout the U.S. Another venue for voters is Politifact.com, a website that verifies the accuracy of candidates' ads and statements.
As part of our mission to support the right to vote for all of our citizens, the league supports legislation that will restore some of the protections of the Voting Rights Act. For 49 years the VRA protected the right to vote regardless of race or language. Legislation to repair damage from the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby v. Holder is currently stalled in the U.S. House. The League encourages citizens to contact their representatives asking them to move the Voting Rights Act Amendment, HR 3899, forward.
Every election, whether local, state or federal, is our chance to have our say on the issues that matter most to us. The people we elect pass the laws and policies that shape our lives. Our foremothers understood that voting provides citizens the ability to have an impact on the critical issues facing their communities. Women's Equality Day is the perfect time to get ready and commit to vote and participate in the greatest democracy in the world.
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