Governor Bruce Rauner Signed Bills Into Law to Protect Voters and Immigrants

Today, Governor Rauner signed into law SB 1933 that will establish an interagency program between the State Board of Elections and the Office of the Secretary of State. Applying for a driver’s license will serve as an application to register to vote. There are some limitations regarding temporary driver’s licenses and ID cards, but this is a victory for our democracy. Additionally, the governor signed the Illinois […]

1965 Voting Rights Act

The 1965 Voting Rights Act

August 6, 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which was designed to prohibit racial discrimination in voting. It has been amended several times since then. In 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court gutted key provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Since this change many states and localities have used different tools to create barriers to voting rights, including new ID requirements, purging voter […]

Lawsuit Challenges Voter Registration

Lawsuit Challenges Voter Registration Restriction

Lawsuit Challenges Voter Registration Restriction Washington, DC + The League of Women Voters of the U.S. and its Alabama, Georgia and Kansas affiliates filed suit today in federal district court to stop the recent illegal action by the Executive Director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) that allows these states to restrict voter registration. For more click here

Civics in Middle School

Civics in Middle School

RE:  HB 1252 — Civics Education in Middle School ACTION NEEDED Please urge your state Representative to vote YES for HB 1252 to require every public elementary school to include civics education in its 6th, 7th, and 8th grade curriculum. WHY IT MATTERS Quality civics courses have tremendous impact. For example, when Florida introduced a required civics course in middle school, 61% of Florida students achieved proficiency in civics, […]