Seattle—The League of Women Voters of Washington (LWVWA) supports legislation that strengthens our elections and increases voter participation so that every voice is heard in our democracy. On Saturday, July 10, 2021, the LWVWA will co-host a statewide Deadline for Democracy Virtual Rally.
This rally is one of many being held across the state during this congressional recess that will show our senators that voting rights has broad grassroots support across our state.
On Thursday, July 1, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt two blows to our democracy with decisions in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, which will make it easier for states to pass discriminatory laws, and Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta, which weakens campaign finance transparency requirements.
The League stands strong in its support for free and fair elections and urges Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray to do everything in their power to pass both the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. These bills will protect our freedom to vote by requiring that voters in all 50 states have access to the ballot through expanded polling hours and mail-in voting, making sure our voices are heard by preventing billionaires from buying our elections, and ensuring we can elect leaders who govern in our interests by having congressional districts drawn by independent commissions.
“The urgency of the situation is made clear by the recent Supreme Court decisions allowing voter suppression tactics with clear impacts on communities of color and further obscuring the role of dark money in our elections. We urge all Washington residents to make their voices heard in this fight to defend and strengthen our democracy,” said Lunell Haught, president of the LWVWA.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Contact: Amy Peloff, LWVWA Administrative Director