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.

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

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

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#BTS of the League's virtual holiday party! Holidays and work have looked different these last two years, but our staff ...
12/22/2021

#BTS of the League's virtual holiday party! Holidays and work have looked different these last two years, but our staff continue to work hard to make our small but mighty nonprofit thrive - happy holidays from all of us at League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania ✨🎁

#BTS of the League's virtual holiday party! Holidays and work have looked different these last two years, but our staff continue to work hard to make our small but mighty nonprofit thrive - happy holidays from all of us at League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania ✨🎁

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is considering the construction of the Renovo Energy Cente...
12/22/2021
Sign the Petition to Revoke Approval of Sproul State Forest Pipeline Project

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is considering the construction of the Renovo Energy Center, which would require clearing over 20 acres of trees to build a pipeline through Sproul State Forest. This amount of clearing will fragment the forest, promote invasive species, and diminish its beauty. It would also emit air pollution that can harm public health, especially in vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly. Sign the Petition below to revoke approval of Sproul State Forest Pipeline Project.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is considering the construction of the Renovo Energy Center. This would require clearing over 20 acres of trees to build a 16- inch pipeline through the Sproul State Forest. This amount of clearing will fragment the forest, pro...

Last night, the PA Supreme Court ruled that the 2019 ballot question, known as #MarsysLaw, is unconstitutional. The cour...
12/22/2021
Court rules against victims' rights measure voters supported | AP News

Last night, the PA Supreme Court ruled that the 2019 ballot question, known as #MarsysLaw, is unconstitutional. The court found that the ballot question amended too many sections of the state constitution in a single question, which is prohibited. This lawsuit has always been about voting rights and how the state constitution is amended. The legislature attempted to do too much at once, which is prohibited to keep voters from being overwhelmed or misled. We are pleased that the court ruled the right way on this important case.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court on Tuesday hammered a final nail into the coffin of a proposed victims' rights constitutional amendment that has never gone into effect, even though state voters supported it by a large margin in a referendum more than two years ago.

The PA school funding lawsuit continues, and Fund Our Schools PA offers daily briefs of the court proceedings in Harrisb...
12/21/2021
‘We need space that kids deserve’: Chief of finances for School District of Lancaster testifies, Dec. 20 — FundOurSchoolsPA.org

The PA school funding lawsuit continues, and Fund Our Schools PA offers daily briefs of the court proceedings in Harrisburg. Read yesterday's court summary below, featuring testimony from the Chief of Finances for the Lancaster school district.

The Court heard testimony Monday from Matthew Przywara, the chief of finances and operations for the School District of Lancaster. The School District of Lancaster needs safe learning environments, Przywara said, and “we also need space that kids deserve. Our kids deserve things that kids deserve ...

Congratulations to Dr. Terrie Griffin, President of League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania!
12/20/2021

Congratulations to Dr. Terrie Griffin, President of League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania!

PA Citizens have less than a month to offer comment on proposed legislative maps, and an undisclosed number of days to c...
12/20/2021
Preliminary Maps: Review and Offer Comment | Fair Districts PA

PA Citizens have less than a month to offer comment on proposed legislative maps, and an undisclosed number of days to comment on the Congressional map. Looking to review the proposed maps and offer feedback? Check out Fair Districts PA's resource below:

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

The trial challenging PA's inequitable school funding system continues. Join a lawsuit watch party on Tuesday from 9:30a...
12/20/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: REFC Watch Party for School Funding Lawsuit. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

The trial challenging PA's inequitable school funding system continues. Join a lawsuit watch party on Tuesday from 9:30am-10:30am, including an update on the lawsuit from Education Voters PA! Register below.

The School Funding Trial is the historic opportunity to change how our schools are funded in PA. Your advocacy is important and we look forward to working together. We will share resources to help! Please register for the School Funding Lawsuit Watch Party. All members are welcome. The meeting will....

The Legislative Reapportionment Committee shared preliminary PA House and Senate maps on Thursday. Join Fair Districts P...
12/20/2021
Previewing Proposed PA House and Senate Maps

The Legislative Reapportionment Committee shared preliminary PA House and Senate maps on Thursday. Join Fair Districts PA tonight at 7 PM to look at some ways to evaluate the maps, consider potential implications and then focus in on the maps themselves.

The Legislative Reapportionment Committee shared preliminary PA House and Senate maps on Thursday, December 16. Join us on Zoom to look at some ways to evaluate the maps, consider potential implications and then focus in on the maps themselves. Sign up to register for the Zoom Link.

Oral arguments in our voter privacy case were held this week before the Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg. Curious about ...
12/17/2021
Rights in Peril: Protecting Both the Vote and Voters' Privacy

Oral arguments in our voter privacy case were held this week before the Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg. Curious about why this case matters? Learn more in this episode of #SpeakingFreely from ACLU of Pennsylvania:

Speaking Freely With the ACLU-PA · Rights in Peril: Protecting Both the Vote and Voters' PrivacyLike other lawmakers in a handful of states, Pennsylvania Sen...

For years Fair Districts PA, League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, and other citizen groups have advocated for a less ...
12/17/2021
Democrats could make sizeable gains in Pennsylvania legislature under proposed new maps | Spotlight PA

For years Fair Districts PA, League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, and other citizen groups have advocated for a less partisan mapping process. No matter who draws the map, it's not possible to undo decades of #gerrymandering without shifting power back toward the middle. The proposed maps for PA's House and Senate districts appear to do that, with minimal advantage to either side.

The proposals advanced Thursday would give Democrats a path to victory in the state House, while the Senate would be a toss-up, with possibly a slight edge to the GOP.

Our democracy can't wait any longer. The League, along with many other voting rights groups, announced a MAJOR drive to ...
12/17/2021
Voting Rights Groups Announce Major Drive to Push Thousands to Call the White House to Pass Federal Voting Rights Legislation | League of Women Voters

Our democracy can't wait any longer. The League, along with many other voting rights groups, announced a MAJOR drive to push thousands to call the White House to pass federal voting rights legislation. Read full League of Women Voters of the U.S. announcement 👇

Today, voting rights groups announced a major expanded effort to drive thousands of calls daily to the White House to urge President Biden to lead on voting rights by urging the Senate to fix or nix the filibuster and pass voting rights protections immediately.

Event on Monday at 7 pm! Learn how you can play an important role in protecting our elections by getting involved as a J...
12/16/2021
You Can Prevent Election Sabotage in PA · Democracy PA

Event on Monday at 7 pm! Learn how you can play an important role in protecting our elections by getting involved as a Judge of Elections or poll worker and supports election protection efforts. Hosted by League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, All Voting Is Local PA, PA Budget and Policy Center, and We The People - Pennsylvania. 👇

There are active efforts underway to undermine our democracy and elections by perpetrators of the Big Lie. Learn more about how you can play an important role in protecting our elections by getting involved as a Judge or Elections or poll worker and supports election protection efforts. Hosted by Al...

We're pleased to co-sponsor today's Business for America event - A Bi-Partisan Fireside Chat: PA Election Reform and Eco...
12/16/2021

We're pleased to co-sponsor today's Business for America event - A Bi-Partisan Fireside Chat: PA Election Reform and Economic Recovery with Rep. Jared Solomon and PA State Rep. Jesse Topper, hosted by Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative. Join us at 4 pm: http://bit.ly/gbbfireside

We're pleased to co-sponsor today's Business for America event - A Bi-Partisan Fireside Chat: PA Election Reform and Economic Recovery with Rep. Jared Solomon and PA State Rep. Jesse Topper, hosted by Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative. Join us at 4 pm: http://bit.ly/gbbfireside

Governor Tom Wolf joined 17 other governors nationwide who endorsed a letter urging Congress to protect the rights of al...
12/16/2021
Gov. Wolf Endorses Letter of Support for Passage of Federal Voting Rights Acts

Governor Tom Wolf joined 17 other governors nationwide who endorsed a letter urging Congress to protect the rights of all voters by passing the #FreedomToVoteAct & #JohnLewisVotingRightsAct.

At a time when democracy is under attack in PA, join the League of Women Voters of the U.S. Friendbank tonight at 5pm ET! We must keep up the pressure to ensure the passage of this critical piece of legislation. RSVP here and share with your network! 👉https://bit.ly/3pZbGVE

Gov. Tom Wolf joined 17 other governors nationwide who endorsed a letter urging Congress to protect the rights of all voters.

Rest in power bell hooks. Thank you for your countless contributions to feminist theory and activism, and to your commit...
12/16/2021

Rest in power bell hooks. Thank you for your countless contributions to feminist theory and activism, and to your commitment to inclusivity and accessibility. Your impact cannot be overstated.

State senators are trying to undermine democracy with their sham election review. We're in court with Make the Road Penn...
12/15/2021
Voters and Advocates Argue for Privacy Rights in Asking Commonwealth Court to Halt Senate Republicans’ Election Subpoenas

State senators are trying to undermine democracy with their sham election review. We're in court with Make the Road Pennsylvania, Common Cause Pennsylvania, and ACLU of Pennsylvania to try to stop it. Read our statement on today's Commonwealth Court argument:

Eight voters and three advocacy organizations stood up for the right to privacy of all nine million registered voters in Pennsylvania at a proceeding before the Commonwealth Court today in Harrisburg.

We're in court today alongside Common Cause Pennsylvania, Make the Road Pennsylvania, and PA voters to oppose the releas...
12/15/2021
Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania - En Banc - December 15th, 2021 - 2:00 PM

We're in court today alongside Common Cause Pennsylvania, Make the Road Pennsylvania, and PA voters to oppose the release of private voter data to a state Senate committee as part of an unfounded election review. Watch the court livestream at 2 pm:

Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania - En Banc - December 15th, 2021 - 2:00 PMThe Commonwealth Court’s Internal Operating Procedures and the Pennsylvania Rules...

Join the League of Women Voters of Berks County on bctv.org tonight at 8pm as they discuss the Pennsylvania school fundi...
12/14/2021
BCTV Program on Lawsuit on School Funding - BCTV

Join the League of Women Voters of Berks County on bctv.org tonight at 8pm as they discuss the Pennsylvania school funding lawsuit and its impact on Berks County and Pennsylvania residents.

Join the League of Women Voters of Berks County on BCTV Tuesday December 14th at 8pm as they discuss “The Lawsuit on School Funding and its impact on Berks County and Pennsylvania residents” The guests are: Mimi McKenzie Legal Director of the Public Interest Law Center Deborah Gordon Klehr Execu...

The PA House State Government Committee did not vote Monday on a proposed congressional map that experts say clearly ben...
12/14/2021
House Republicans advance Pennsylvania congressional map bill — minus an actual map | Spotlight PA

The PA House State Government Committee did not vote Monday on a proposed congressional map that experts say clearly benefits their own party, instead opting to advance empty placeholder legislation.

Minority Chair Scott Conklin calls it an all-too-familiar shell game: a blank piece of paper with no congressional seats on it, so leaders can do what they’ve always done: decide later where they would like to see lines drawn.

Join Fair Districts PA tomorrow at 7 pm for a closer look at the proposed maps: fairdistrictspa.com/events/2021/12/15/why-we-need-reform-a-look-at-proposed-maps

A state House panel chose to approve blank placeholder legislation, which the ranking Democrat criticized as a “shell game” for Republicans to rush through a map later.

While the Congressional redistricting process to date has allowed far more opportunity for citizen input, it has also ra...
12/13/2021
Why We Need Reform: A Look at Proposed Maps

While the Congressional redistricting process to date has allowed far more opportunity for citizen input, it has also raised many questions about mapping process and priorities. Join Fair Districts PA on Wednesday at 7 pm to take a closer look at the proposed maps, learn about the legal framework surrounding zero population deviation, and consider how citizens can engage to propose amendments and highlight the continued need for reform.

While the Congressional redistricting process to date has allowed far more opportunity for citizen input, it has also raised many questions about mapping process and priorities. Join us as: --Expert mappers take a closer look at proposed maps --Fair Districts PA legislative director Pat Beaty explai...

Excellent op-ed from League of Women Voters of Berks County: "I joined League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania many years...
12/13/2021
Letter: Invasive election audit is waste of time and money

Excellent op-ed from League of Women Voters of Berks County: "I joined League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania many years ago because I felt voter apathy was a threat to democracy. Now I believe the real and present danger to our democracy is the unjustified and unjustifiable assault on our elections by our elected representatives."

People should urge lawmakers to drop their inquiry into the 2020 election.

The PA General Assembly is planning to vote on HB 1800 next week – a bill that would make it harder for Pennsylvanians t...
12/10/2021
Tell Your Legislator to Reject HB 1800!

The PA General Assembly is planning to vote on HB 1800 next week – a bill that would make it harder for Pennsylvanians to vote in a secure, convenient, and accessible manner.

They also are considering HB 1596, legislation to make multiple changes to the Constitution, changing the deadline to cut people off from registering to voter closer to the election and including Voter ID restrictions.

We must defend the right to vote safely and conviently in PA. Take action below:

The General Assembly is planning to vote on HB 1800 – a bill that would reduce voter access. We must fight back and defend the right to vote in PA! Contact your state legislators and tell them to reject HB1800 and fight to ensure that everyone who calls PA home goes together to use our voices at t...

Today, the US Supreme Court ruled in Whole Women's Health v. Jackson that abortion providers have the right to challenge...
12/10/2021
LWV Responds to SCOTUS Decision on Texas Abortion Law | League of Women Voters

Today, the US Supreme Court ruled in Whole Women's Health v. Jackson that abortion providers have the right to challenge a Texas law banning abortion after six weeks and deputizing private citizens to carry out the law.

“The most important thing about today’s ruling is that this case can move forward and women’s health providers will have their day in court” said Dr. Deborah Ann Turner, President of League of Women Voters of the U.S..

The US Supreme Court ruled in Whole Women's Health v. Jackson that abortion providers have the right to challenge a Texas law banning abortion after six weeks and deputizing private citizens to carry out the law.

12/10/2021

Learn more about the implications of unconventional natural gas development on people’s health. The 2021 League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Shale Gas Extraction and Public Health Guide is now available: www.shalepalwv.org

Say hello to our Operations and Membership Associate, Samantha Anthony! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our tale...
12/09/2021

Say hello to our Operations and Membership Associate, Samantha Anthony! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our talented team has brought much needed energy and capacity for our statewide initiatives in 2021. This holiday season, help advance Sam's important work by donating to the League today: palwv.org/donate

Say hello to our Operations and Membership Associate, Samantha Anthony! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our talented team has brought much needed energy and capacity for our statewide initiatives in 2021. This holiday season, help advance Sam's important work by donating to the League today: palwv.org/donate

Next week we'll be in state court with ACLU of Pennsylvania, Common Cause Pennsylvania, and Make the Road Pennsylvania t...
12/09/2021
Rights in Peril: Protecting Both the Vote and Voters' Privacy

Next week we'll be in state court with ACLU of Pennsylvania, Common Cause Pennsylvania, and Make the Road Pennsylvania to protect voters' right to privacy from prying state senators. Learn more about the sham election review on this episode of Speaking Freely. ⬇🎧

Pennsylvania Senate Republicans have initiated a sham review of the 2020 general election, and ACLU-PA is challenging the subpoenas issued by a state Senate committee for voters' personally identifying information.

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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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Re: Last night's 6-1 ruling by the PA Supreme Court who sided with ACLU of Pennsylvania and League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania in declaring #MarcysLaw unconstitutional, our Executive Director, Robert Saleem Holbrook writes: "This is a good decision, reaffirming what advocates and communities in #Pennsylvania have been saying all along. That people accused of a crime have rights that are protected by the constitution, and that justice, even for those convicted, should not been driven by vengeance. If the politicians that drafted this referendum want to help victims, they should invest more in trauma-informed services and care in communities most impacted by harm – not in punitive legislation that strengthens prosecutors and the #massincarceration lobby."
Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly support RGGI. Precious time is being wasted. Important opportunities are being missed. The health of our citizens and our planet depend on this. Thank you League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania
Last night, Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community, Kari Pohl, and a number of other regional environmental organizations hosted "Preparing for Petrochemicals," a Virtual Community Meeting. In case you missed the event, we encourage you to watch the recorded version, provided here. The coming chapter in Beaver County's future will undoubtedly elevate significant differences of opinion and reopen hard discussions. As we move toward navigating this season together, we must uphold the freedom to ask hard and uncomfortable questions. We must elevate and celebrate the right of residents to become as informed as possible. And we must remember that our residents deserve to have agency over their future. RiverWise is grateful for the kind of work highlighted last night. The health of our region will emerge only against the backdrop of more conversation, more information, more advocacy, and more transparency. For those who are truly operating with the best interest of residents in mind, these should never be contested nor threatening matters. - with Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community - BCMAC, Breathe Project, Clean Air Council, CMU CREATE Lab, Communities First Sewickley Valley, Earthjustice, Environmental Health Project, FracTracker, League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania, and PennEnvironment https://www.facebook.com/ProtectBeaverCo/videos/430665185286293
It's #GivingTuesday We're thankful for all our generous, FDPA donors. Today, we're encouraging donations to partners who've played a large part in the work against #Gerrymandering in PA. Top of that list: League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania https://palwv.org/donate
Today, in partnership with Committee of Seventy, Councilmember María Quiñones-Sánchez, Common Cause Pennsylvania, League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, Ya Fav Trashman, and community members, we are proposing a petition to advocate for policy changes to root out corruption. We must choose people over politics and end the culture of corruption in our city. Your voice is crucial. Please learn more, click here, and sign our petition. Visit peopleoverpoliticspetition.com
Today, the Committee of Seventy joined Rep. Jared Solomon , Councilmember María Quiñones-Sánchez, Common Cause Pennsylvania and the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania to pledge action and highlight reforms to help guard against the corrupting influence of special interests and money in our elections and local democracy. The People Over Politics Petition includes: 1 Restricting Outside Employment for Public Officials 2 Considering the Public Financing of Elections 3 Eliminating dark money in politics Sign the petition here ➡️ peopleoverpoliticspetition.com
Thank you for your support, Liv Bennett! The League of Women Voters asked, “What role do you see for your municipal government in interacting with Allegheny County Council?” I believe that developing a working relationship with Allegheny County Council will give us access to resources, insight, and information that we can use to better our borough. Bellevue must maximize its connections and relationships with other governments. It's not sustainable to only build from the inside out—it takes working with others, especially those with an aerial, outside, county perspective. The closer we can get to decision-making and education, the more power we put into our hands and the more potential and resources we can bring back and instill into our community. It's our municipal government's responsibility to build a strong relationship with Allegheny County Council. — Tomorrow is Election Day! I’ll see you at the polls tomorrow, Bellevue. I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue serving this borough. #sabreenaforbellevue #bellevuepa #pademocrats #pittsburghdemocrats #youngdemocrats #generalelection #vote
Want to learn more about who is on your ballot? Check out vote411.org for your customized ballot including our Middletown Together candidates. Hannah Stackawitz (Tax Collector), Jennifer Wilityer (Auditor) and Elizabeth D. Mitchell (School Director) have all responded to the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania VOTE411 survey. Check out their answers and get your plan to vote early by mail or secure drop box now, or in-person on Tuesday, Nov 2.
Read what the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania’a Terrie Griffin and the Radnor League’s own Roberta Winters were doing yesterday to protect your data. https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/request-to-join-pa-election-lawsuit-gets-a-day-in-court-senate-gop-lawmakers-respond-to-challenge/
Great event with League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania talking about how to support our candidates up and down the ballot in every election! #election2021
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Yesterday, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania filed to join a lawsuit against state Senate Republicans’ attempt to obtain PA voters' private information. They did so in partnership with a coalition of PA voters and advocates. "With this sham election review, Pennsylvania legislators are intentionally injecting discord into our election process and threatening the personal privacy of millions of voters." https://bit.ly/3AcdoWZ