League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania

League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (www.palwv.org) The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan grassroots civic organization. We encourage informed active participation in government and work to influence public policy through education and advocacy.
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The League of Women Voters began formally as an organization in February 1920 in Chicago, six months before the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote. The new organization was intended to be a means of teaching all the newly enfranchised women about the mechanics of registering and voting, nomination and election procedures, and our form of government. The members also wanted to work for certain "needed legislation." They thought that the League might accomplish its work in five years and disband! Over the years our mission has broadened. The League has evolved from an organization concerned with women's needs and with training women voters to one concerned with the Nation's needs and with training all citizens.

The League of Women Voters began formally as an organization in February 1920 in Chicago, six months before the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote. The new organization was intended to be a means of teaching all the newly enfranchised women about the mechanics of registering and voting, nomination and election procedures, and our form of government. The members also wanted to work for certain "needed legislation." They thought that the League might accomplish its work in five years and disband! Over the years our mission has broadened. The League has evolved from an organization concerned with women's needs and with training women voters to one concerned with the Nation's needs and with training all citizens.

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You're invited! Join League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania for a virtual exploration of a NEW Exhibit at the National C...
03/18/2021

You're invited! Join League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania for a virtual exploration of a NEW Exhibit at the National Constitution Center - The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote. We hope you'll join us on March 23 at 5:30 pm. Register at tinyurl.com/womenvote2021 🇺🇸

In Central PA: tune in this morning to WITF Smart Talk, Thursday, March 18, at 9 am: Scott Lamar will talk with Carol Ku...
03/18/2021
Smart Talk: Redistricting reform takes on greater importance during Census year | WITF

In Central PA: tune in this morning to WITF Smart Talk, Thursday, March 18, at 9 am: Scott Lamar will talk with Carol Kuniholm, Fair Districts PA Chair/LWVPA Vice-President of Government and Social Policy and David Thornburgh, President and CEO, Committee of Seventy about census delays, redistricting and the risk of gerrymandered districts.

Listen to Smart Talk every weekday at 9am and 7pm on WITF 89.5 & 93.3. You can also stream WITF radio live on our website or ask your smart s […]

Politicizing the courts harms all of us. For decades LWVPA has advocated for 2 solutions with strong public support: #re...
03/18/2021
Is the Pennsylvania Supreme Court the key to controlling the Legislature? Democrats seem to think so

Politicizing the courts harms all of us. For decades LWVPA has advocated for 2 solutions with strong public support: #redistricting reform & merit selection of high court judges. Could this be the year for both?

Democratic fundraisers hope to launch aggressive campaigns for the statehouse in 2022, saying the state Supreme Court - controlled by Democrats - will ensure fair districts are drawn up.

Four of five commissioners on the PA Legislative Reapportionment Commission were appointed yesterday. Now those four hav...
03/17/2021
Four of Pennsylvania’s legislative redistricting commissioners are confirmed. The fifth will decide who wins and loses | Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Four of five commissioners on the PA Legislative Reapportionment Commission were appointed yesterday. Now those four have 45 days to agree on a 5th to serve as chair, or the PA Supreme Court will choose that deciding vote.
When Senator Jake Corman speaks of a long history of bipartisan compromise, he apparently forgets the rancor of the past three decades and the sad reality that current PA house & senate districts are among the most gerrymandered in the country, despite dozens of lawsuits in 2011-12.
There's still time to enact reform with HB 22 and SB 222, but the clock is ticking.

The Pennsylvania House and Senate okayed the start of legislative redistricting this week, sparking a six-week-long race to find a tie-breaking voice agreeable to Democrats and Republicans.

The PA Senate Special Committee on Election Integrity and Reform is inviting public comment on your election experiences...
03/15/2021
Submit Comments - Election Integrity

The PA Senate Special Committee on Election Integrity and
Reform is inviting public comment on your election experiences. As dozens of bills are proposed on every aspect of PA election law, please take time to share your experience and offer insight on what YOU would like to see for future PA elections.

Please leave your comments regarding your experience voting by mail or in person in 2020. This information will be reviewed by staff and committee members for consideration of election reform measures. This account is for issue submission and review only. Replies will not be returned from this accou...

Redistricting is complicated, important, and will shape PA politics for the next ten years. The more we understand, the ...
03/15/2021
Redistricting, explained: What it is, how it works, and how Pa. politicians get to draw their own maps | Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Redistricting is complicated, important, and will shape PA politics for the next ten years. The more we understand, the more we can impact the process. Here's a good explainer to share as we continue the work for People Powered Fair Maps in PA.

Redistricting and its cousin, gerrymandering, are more common terms to hear in recent years. But don’t be worried if you haven’t heard of them before. Understand them, and you will better understand the next decade of American, and Pennsylvania, politics. Here’s our best shot at telling you wh...

State leagues around the country have been working to address prison gerrymandering. Here in PA, we will be co-hosting a...
03/14/2021
End Prison Gerrymandering in PA | Fair Districts PA

State leagues around the country have been working to address prison gerrymandering. Here in PA, we will be co-hosting a series of 6 regional forums to learn more about the issue and hear from impacted communities. Attend the event in your region if you can to begin networking with others to ensure fair maps and fair representation on prison policy.

Fair Districts PA is a nonpartisan citizens group working to stop gerrymandering. Help us create a transparent and fair redistricting process in Pennsylvania.

03/12/2021
Fair Districts PA

Advocating is part of civic engagement and an essential part of our representative government.
Most state legislators enjoy speaking with and want to hear from constituents.
We all need to be part of government of, by and for the people.
LWVPA is working with Fair Districts PA to advocate for LACRA, the Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Act. It's not too late to sign up to meet with your own legislators: https://tinyurl.com/2021MTT

Great advice from an FDPA volunteer:
Advocating is a really rewarding experience.
Give your opinion to someone whose job it is to consider & do something about it.
Most legislators WANT to hear from you.
Government of, by and for the people requires engagement.
It's not too late to meet with a legislator this March as part of March toward Transparency: https://tinyurl.com/2021MTT

Today at 7 - a national discuss of voter suppression, from 1965 to today.
03/09/2021

Today at 7 - a national discuss of voter suppression, from 1965 to today.

On March 7, 1965, John Lewis, Hosea Williams, and 600 civil rights activists were violently assaulted by Alabama police as they marched from Selma to Montgomery to insist on their constitutional right to vote.

“Bloody Sunday” ignited the conscience of the nation and led to passage of the Voting Rights Act five months later. Join us tomorrow for an in-depth discussion of “Bloody Sunday,” the rise of new forms of voter suppression, and how passing voting rights legislation in 2021 is an urgent matter of both racial justice and strengthening our democracy.

RSVP: https://bit.ly/3rnA0jz

Happy International Women's Day! Since the founding of League of Women Voters of the U.S. 101 years ago, women have work...
03/08/2021

Happy International Women's Day! Since the founding of League of Women Voters of the U.S. 101 years ago, women have worked tirelessly to increase voter access and civic engagement in PA and across the country. This #WomensHistoryMonth, we will be featuring the stories of three incredible women who fought for a more just and accessible democracy. Stay tuned for more! #internationalwomensday2021

#Redistricting influences political power. #Gerrymandering can impact who is elected to represent the people & make crit...
03/08/2021
Redistricting Watch: I Will Fight for Fair Maps | League of Women Voters

#Redistricting influences political power. #Gerrymandering can impact who is elected to represent the people & make critical decisions which impact everyone. League of Women Voters of the is working to organize, educate, & build a base to participate in drawing maps. This issue will shape politics and policy in PA for the next decade.

This blog is the first of a series of blogs about redistricting and the different issues it impacts.

The marathon toward redistricting reform in time for 2022 is now an all-out sprint. LWVPA and FDPA are working together ...
03/07/2021
Sign Up to Talk to Your Legislator with a Team of FDPA Members!

The marathon toward redistricting reform in time for 2022 is now an all-out sprint. LWVPA and FDPA are working together to meet with every PA legislator to ask for support of LACRA, the Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Act (HB 22 and SB 222). Over 400 volunteers have signed up to help but constituents are still needed in some counties. Captains arrange Zoom meetings and provide materials & contact with other team members. Find more details, links and sign up form here: https://tinyurl.com/2021MTT

We need YOU to meet with your PA Rep. and Sen. Ask them to MAKE REDISTRICTING TRANSPARENT! The next 10 months will impact the next 10 years. Sign up and we will add you to a constituent team and help you prepare for a Zoom meeting with your legislator. Since 2017, FDPA volunteers have logged over 10...

HR 1 passed in the House this week on a party line vote. It incorporates many values LWV and LWVPA have supported for ye...
03/06/2021
HR 1 overhaul would set new holiday and new rules for lobbyists, elections and justices - Roll Call

HR 1 passed in the House this week on a party line vote. It incorporates many values LWV and LWVPA have supported for years. There's more to the bill than this article describes, including provisions to prevent gerrymandering. Next step: the Senate and a showdown on the Senate filibuster.

The House approved a sweeping political money, elections, influence and ethics measure, dubbed HR 1, but its Senate fate is unclear.

Voter registration deadlines are again under discussion. Since 1989 LWVPA has supported and advocated for same day voter...
03/05/2021
Voter registration deadline getting further scrutiny

Voter registration deadlines are again under discussion. Since 1989 LWVPA has supported and advocated for same day voter registration, currently in use in 22 states and Washington DC. Before ACT 77, PA had one of the earliest registration deadlines in the country. In an increasingly uncertain and mobile world, it's time to move toward same-day registration, not the other direction.

HARRISBURG -- Voting groups are calling on the state to embrace a proposal to allow people to register to vote right up to Election Day, but county officials disagree.

LWVUS statement on passage of HR 1 in the House of Representatives: “We applaud the House for passing the For the People...
03/04/2021
League Celebrates House Passage of the For the People Act, HR1 | League of Women Voters

LWVUS statement on passage of HR 1 in the House of Representatives: “We applaud the House for passing the For the People Act, and we urge the Senate to do the same.”

League of Women Voters of the United States CEO Virginia Kase issued the following statement in response to the US House of Representatives passing HR1, the For the People Act.

03/03/2021
March toward Transparency: LACRA Next Steps Town Hal

Anyone can be an advocate.Thanks for joining us to learn how to advocate as part of a constituent team. Our goal is to have constituents meet with EVERY PA legislator during the month of March. Thanks for joining us in asking for a fair, transparent redistricting process.

LWVPA has been asking for a transparent #redistricting process with public input since 1991. That decade Ds drew distort...
03/03/2021
Citizens should demand transparency in redistricting - The Boston Globe

LWVPA has been asking for a transparent #redistricting process with public input since 1991. That decade Ds drew distorted lines. In 2001 & 2011 Rs perfected the practice. We want a non-partisan solution before 2021 maps are drawn. That's why we support LACRA, the Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Act, HB 22 and SB 222.

When redistricting turns to gerrymandering, one party can maintain power, even with fewer votes, for a decade.

LWVPA has long advocated for fair school funding. School funding is key to educational equity. A fair funding model woul...
03/02/2021

LWVPA has long advocated for fair school funding. School funding is key to educational equity. A fair funding model would relieve over-reliance on property taxes and would ensure ALL PA children have the strong start they need.

A new report by our partner organization ReadyNation: PA, “Building Equity for All,” explains how school funding is key to educational equity and a transformative investment in low-wealth communities in PA. Read the report here: http://ow.ly/p80c50DLf1x
#WeWorkforEquitableFunding

If you missed Redistricting State Legislative Boundaries: Drawing Lines for the Next Decade, it's airing this evening on...
03/01/2021

If you missed Redistricting State Legislative Boundaries: Drawing Lines for the Next Decade, it's airing this evening on @PCN (3/1) at 8 pm. Also on Friday, 3/5 at 9 am and Sunday 3/7 at 3:30 pm
Check thee schedule here https://pcntv.com/schedule/?d=0
Hosted by LWVPA with @FairDistrictsPA @DrawTheLinesPA and @Committeeof70

As we honor the close of #BlackHistoryMonth and turn to #WomensHistoryMonth, this week we celebrate Dr. Deborah Turner, ...
03/01/2021

As we honor the close of #BlackHistoryMonth and turn to #WomensHistoryMonth, this week we celebrate Dr. Deborah Turner, MD, JD, the 20th President of League of Women Voters of the U.S. Learn more about Dr. Turner below!

It's time to take action!Today is the start of March toward Transparency, an advocacy campaign with @FairDistrictsPA and...
03/01/2021

It's time to take action!
Today is the start of March toward Transparency, an advocacy campaign with @FairDistrictsPA and part of the @LWV People Powered Fair Maps initiative. The goal is to hold advocacy visits in every district in PA during the month of March. Captains are ready to arrange visits but volunteers are needed. https://www.fairdistrictspa.com/updates/march-toward-transparency

Women of color have been a driving force in the fight for the rights of underrepresented communities. Here are some stor...
02/28/2021
Stories to Celebrate Black History Month

Women of color have been a driving force in the fight for the rights of underrepresented communities. Here are some stories we all need to hear and carry with us as Black History Month ends. Thank you StoryCorps

A collection of stories that center Black voices in conversations about Black history, identity, struggles, and joy.

When county commissioners from across PA assume they won't be heard by PA legislators, what hope do PA citizens have?Sad...
02/27/2021
Counties will again be unable to process mail ballots early during Pa.’s primary election | Spotlight PA

When county commissioners from across PA assume they won't be heard by PA legislators, what hope do PA citizens have?
Saddest words yet, from an Armstrong County election director: “I never expect anything with the legislature. I’ve learned long ago not to.”
What would it take to change that?

While a municipal primary typically sees low turnout, election officials said they can’t predict how many voters will take advantage of the state’s no-excuse mail voting law.

LWVPA supports moving away from closed primaries to an open or semi-open primary system. This may be the year to pursue ...
02/24/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Open Primaries Panel Discussion--The Rise of Independent Voters (2/24/2021 @ 1:30pm ET). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

LWVPA supports moving away from closed primaries to an open or semi-open primary system. This may be the year to pursue that in PA as legislators upholding the rule of law are threatened with primaries from partisan extremes and many voters are abandoning party affiliation.
TODAY: Open Primaries Panel Discussion--The Rise of Independent Voters (2/24/2021 @ 1:30pm ET)
A groundbreaking new report from the Open Primaries Education Fund -The Next Great Migration: The Rise of Independent Voters- lays out the dramatic increase in Americans from diverse backgrounds and politics registering to vote as independents. This Zoom event pairs the authors of this new research with leading political figures for an engaging conversation on how to dismantle the partisan barriers that are keeping Americans apart.

A groundbreaking new report from the Open Primaries Education Fund -The Next Great Migration: The Rise of Independent Voters- lays out the dramatic increase in Americans from diverse backgrounds and politics registering to vote as independents. Our Zoom event pairs the authors of this new research w...

Three more election lawsuits were dismissed yesterday by the US Supreme Court. The election is over, votes certified, fi...
02/23/2021
The Supreme Court has rejected some Trump election challenge cases

Three more election lawsuits were dismissed yesterday by the US Supreme Court.
The election is over, votes certified, final cases rejected.
As Governor Tom Wolf says : It's time to move on.

The court previously took no action in the rejected cases and in January turned away pleas that the cases be fast-tracked.

This week, we remember the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman. Currently, President Joe Biden is seeking to have Harriet ...
02/22/2021

This week, we remember the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman. Currently, President Joe Biden is seeking to have Harriet Tubman’s image on the $20 bill to replace President Andrew Jackson. He said, “It is important that our notes… our money… reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly do that.” #harriettubman #blackhistorymonth

LWVPA has long advocated for common-sense oversight of charter and cyber school contracts and spending."The governor is ...
02/22/2021
Pennsylvania Charter School Funding Reform Long Overdue, On The Horizon

LWVPA has long advocated for common-sense oversight of charter and cyber school contracts and spending.
"The governor is proposing that charters be paid in line with their actual costs, and that they be audited like any other Pennsylvania school. These are not particularly radical notions, but they would bring millions of taxpayer dollars back to public schools. They would be a step toward fixing charter laws that the state’s auditor general has called 'the worst in the country.'"

Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal is out. It aims to inject some common sense into the commonwealth’s system of funding charter schools.

We've been advocating for over 30 years for a fair PA redistricting process. It's too late for an independent citizens c...
02/21/2021
How To Ensure a “Fair, Open, and Accessible” Redistricting Process

We've been advocating for over 30 years for a fair PA redistricting process.
It's too late for an independent citizens commission but there other ways to restore trust & prevent gerrymandering The new report from League of Women Voters of the U.S. & Campaign Legal Center provides information about best practices.

Strong ethics provisions should guide how redistricting is conducted in 2021, according to a report by CLC and The League of Women Voters.

Senator Jake Corman We agree that any constitutional amendment should have public hearings before a vote in PA House or ...
02/19/2021
Senator Corman Says Proposal To Move Pa. Appeals Courts To Regional Elections Won't Be On May Ballot

Senator Jake Corman We agree that any constitutional amendment should have public hearings before a vote in PA House or Senate. We also agree that PA needs a solution to partisan election of appellate judges. LWVPA has supported merit selection of judges since 1949. We look forward to good discussion of merit selection bills. Judicial districts would take PA in the wrong direction.

A proposed amendment to Pennsylvania’s Constitution that would change how Supreme Court and appeals court judges are elected could have been on the state

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The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania’s mission is protecting voting rights, advocating for reforms and issues important to our members, and educating voters about the structure and function of government and empowering them to participate in their government to effect change in their communities.

Through a rigorous study and consensus process, the League takes positions on issues that are important to its membership and advocates for change at the state level. As one of the country’s oldest and most respected nonpartisan grassroots organizations, the League does not support or oppose individual candidates or parties, but instead provides information for voters and the public to make informed decisions. Who Can Join? Membership is open to persons 16 years of age or older who adhere to the policies and positions of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania.

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The 2017 recipient of the Justice Bell award, former Monroe County commissioner Nancy Shukaits, has died, although her legacy lives on. Our condolences to her family and the Monroe County community. https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10222290162257000&set=a.2190781843124
Join us for an inspiring and informational 'The Democracy We Want Program - 2021' program on Friday February 26th at 7:30 to 9 PM. The program is organized by UUJusticePA and will include a short film keynote with a panel discussion to follow on reforms that are needed in PA and what actions are needed to get there. Click https://uujusticepa.org/ for information and to register for this program. Our keynote is 3 short keynote videos from Tim Snyder (author of On Tyranny), Heather McGhee (Color of Change) and Frances Moore Lappe' (co-author of Daring Democracy) to open the discussion on democracy in America today. Our panel will include: Carol Kuniholm - director of Fair Districts PA and spokesperson for League of Women Voters PA; Khalif Ali - director of Common Cause PA; Kadida Kenner - director of campaigns, PA Budget and Policy Center; and Rabbi Michael Pollack - director of March on Harrisburg
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Join us for an inspiring and informational 'The Democracy We Want Program - 2021' program on Friday February 26th at 7:30 to 9 PM. The program is organized by UUJusticePA and will include a short film keynote with a panel discussion to follow on reforms that are needed in PA and what actions are needed to get there. Click https://uujusticepa.org/ for information and to register for this program. Our keynote is 3 short keynote videos from Tim Snyder (author of On Tyranny), Heather McGhee (Color of Change) and Frances Moore Lappe' (co-author of Daring Democracy) to open the discussion on democracy in America today. Our panel will include: Carol Kuniholm - director of Fair Districts PA and spokesperson for League of Women Voters PA; Khalif Ali - director of Common Cause PA; Kadida Kenner - director of campaigns, PA Budget and Policy Center; and Rabbi Michael Pollack - director of March on Harrisburg
Biden is disappointing those of us who didn’t want him in the first place. He has to really be an embarrassment to those who did.
The First · Layoffs have begun thanks to Joe Biden canceling the Keystone XL pipeline and one union is regretting their endorsement, reports Dana Loesch . Even Justin Trudeau is "disappointed" and guess who stands to benefit financially from the move? Democrat mega-donor Warren Buffett!