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NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE WEBINAR

Tuesday, January 25, 2022     6:30 – 7:45 p.m. EST

Via Webinar – Click here to Register

National Popular Vote is focused on passing legislation to reform the Electoral College at the state level, which will make every vote for President equal.  It will guarantee that whichever candidate receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and D.C. will become the President.  Fifteen states and D.C. have already enacted the legislation into law for a total of 195 electoral votes.

Join AAUW Asheville NC and  Eileen Reavey from National Popular Vote to learn how this legislation works, how close it is to  reality, and how you can get involved.

Presenter:  Eileen Reavey is National Popular Vote’s National Grassroots Director. She works on building momentum and       support for the National Popular Vote initiative nationwide, and on training volunteers to be organizers and informed advocates   for the legislation.

Sponsor: American Association of University Women (AAUW)  Asheville NC Branch

All are welcome to this free event. Feel free to forward this invitation to others

Registration in advance is required  – Click Here to Register

For further information, contact Linda Stover (AAUW), lindalstover@gmail.com  704-905-6530

NC State Legislation Voting Rights Updates 

NC Redistricting

The NC General Assembly is working on redistricting which will include an additional congressional district.  The process could be completed by the end of October.  If you would like more information on the redistricting process, listen to Blue Ridge Radio’s Matt Buss’ 8 minutes interview with Western Carolina University Dr. Chris Cooper HERE  https://www.bpr.org/post/wnc-politics-roundup-dont-overreact-maps-you-see-now?fbclid=IwAR2_tm2-kph61go7X0dNW-99SLv7_t46j7Duv8I0Oe7qKHjpQRJ1k49x6LQ#stream/1             The Princeton Gerrymandering Project rates preliminary redistricting maps by state;  to view ratings on NC preliminary maps,  go HERE https://gerrymander.princeton.edu/redistricting-report-card/  and click on NC. Contact your representatives and let them know you want fair and nonpartisan   redistricting.

Voter ID Law S.B. 824

The Wake County Superior Court struck down S.B. 824 finding that the law was passed with the partial intent to discriminate against African American voters.  The court held that S.B. 824, which provides a narrow list of qualifying photo IDs acceptable for voting, violates the NC Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.   It is expected that House Speaker Moore will appeal the ruling.

HB 805, Anti-Protestor Legislation Vetoed

HB 805 which would have imposed harsh penalties for protestors calling for racial justice and for people engaged in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience, and put them at risk of being detained for an extended period of time or imprisoned for property damage they did not cause.  In vetoing the bill,

Governor Cooper stated:  “People who commit crimes during riots and at other times should be prosecuted and our laws provide for that, but this legislation is unnecessary and is intended to intimidate and deter people from exercising their constitutional rights to peacefully protest.”

Find your local Legislators   https://www.nc.gov/services/find-your-legislators  and let them know how they are representing your interests.

Federal Voting Rights Legislation Updates

The Freedom To Vote Act S. 2747

This alternative voting rights bill introduced by Senator Manchin and others to replace For The People Act S. 1, is under consideration in the Senate.  Major tenants of this legislation are:

Automatic voter registration At least 15 days of early in-person voting

No-excuse mail voting           Make Election Day a public holiday

Mandate nonpartisan redistricting Uniform & expanded standards for voter ID options

Count provisional ballots cast in a county regardless of the specific county precinct

Provide a statutory right to vote prohibiting states from enacting laws restricting voting

On Wednesday, October 20, S. 2747 came before the Senate in a Cloture Vote to proceed with debate on the proposed bill.  It takes 60 votes to proceed to debate.  Strictly along party lines, the Cloture Vote was rejected.  As the recent AAUW Asheville Branch “Call To Action” stated, a filibuster carve-out for voting rights legislation is necessary to pass Federal voting rights legislation.  We urge you to review the “Call To Action” emailed to you on August 30, sent by Lynette Miller with subject line “AAUW Asheville Branch CALL TO ACTION – Time is of the Essence” and make the suggested contacts.

The John Lewis Voting Rights Act, S. 4

This proposed legislation would restore and strengthen parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, certain portions of which were struck down by two United States Supreme Court decisions of Shelby County v. Holder and Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee.  This legislation has passed the U. S. House and referred to the Senate for a vote.

Tell your U. S. Senators how you feel about their lack of support for voting rights legislation:

Senator Richard Burr (202) 224-3154 https://www.burr.senate.gov/

Senator Thom Tillis (202) 224-6342 https:/www.tillis.senate.gov

Thank you for advocating for our voting rights – Linda Stover