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.

Mission: Empowering Voters, Defending Democracy. The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan grassroots civics organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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12/14/2020
PA Department of State

PA Department of State

The 59th Electoral College in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will convene for the business of casting, certifying and transmitting votes for President and Vice President of the United States.

It's time to end the Electoral College, "an old, ugly mess that should have been obviated some time ago."We'll be joinin...
12/13/2020
Critics of Electoral College push for popular vote compact

It's time to end the Electoral College, "an old, ugly mess that should have been obviated some time ago."
We'll be joining the push to see PA join the National Popular Vote compact.
Rep. Chris Rabb introduced the 1st PA bill. We'll be supporting its reintroduction in the next session.
We're joining the fight for 270 by 2024.

When the Electoral College meets Monday, its detractors hope it marks the beginning of the end of a system that twice this century has vaulted the loser of the popular vote to the presidency.

The history of voting rights activism is far more complex than our histories suggest.You don’t win the right to vote & t...
12/10/2020
How History Classes on the Women’s Suffrage Movement Leave Out the Work of Black Voting Rights Activists

The history of voting rights activism is far more complex than our histories suggest.
You don’t win the right to vote & then that’s just it.
For every expansion of voting rights that brings in more people, we have a corresponding backlash.
The more we understand that, the more effective we can be in building an inclusive democracy where every voice is heard.

Many of the Black voting rights activists who paved the way for Kamala Harris are not household names or even taught in U.S. schools

Yesterday the US Supreme Court dismissed Representative Mike Kelly effort to disenfranchise 2.5 million PA voters.  "The...
12/09/2020
Supreme Court Rejects GOP Bid To Reverse Pennsylvania Election Results

Yesterday the US Supreme Court dismissed Representative Mike Kelly effort to disenfranchise 2.5 million PA voters.
"The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito & by him referred to the Court is denied," according to the court's one-sentence order.
By our count, this was one of 21 lawsuits so far surrounding the 2020 general election.
While one suit did result in addition and relocation of monitors observing the Philadelphia count, no suits have provided evidence of fraud and no justices have allowed votes to be discarded.

The lawsuit argued a 2019 state law authorizing universal mail-in voting was unconstitutional and that all ballots cast by mail in the general election in Pennsylvania should be thrown out.

Election 2020 was five weeks ago.Misinformation & litigation over election results could have been avoided by legislatio...
12/08/2020
What Pennsylvania’s election could have looked like if it counted votes like Florida

Election 2020 was five weeks ago.
Misinformation & litigation over election results could have been avoided by legislation to allow pre-canvasing of ballots.
Any discussion of changes to Act 77 or lessons learned about mail-in voting must start there.

States that started counting ballots before Election Day didn’t spend sleepless days afterward catching up.

There are many reasons to oppose judicial districts for election of high court judges.Partisan elections of judges invit...
12/06/2020
Can courts be gerrymandered, too? Absolutely | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star

There are many reasons to oppose judicial districts for election of high court judges.
Partisan elections of judges invite accusations of corruption and cronyism. Only 2 states currently have regional high court districts: Illinois and Louisiana. Both rival PA in corruption among elected officials. Is that the direction PA wants to go?
For years PA State Rep. Bryan Cutler prime-sponsored legislation for merit selection of judges. While LWVPA supported those bills strongly, they never received a vote.
To date we have not seen public hearings, expert testimony or convincing evidence to support this constitutional amendment.
We ask Speaker Cutler to reintroduce his merit selection proposal & to use his significant influence to prevent this dubious amendment.

Has anyone ever tried to gerrymander courts? Is that even possible? Unfortunately, Pennsylvania voters may be about to find out.

The Pennsylvania election was fair & secure: 15+ lawsuits failed to produce any evidence of fraud. While Act 77 was an i...
12/05/2020
Elections Shaping Up To Become Major Issue In Pennsylvania Legislature

The Pennsylvania election was fair & secure: 15+ lawsuits failed to produce any evidence of fraud. While Act 77 was an important step forward for PA voters, it was passed quickly without adequate input from election officials or review by experts & stakeholders. The resulting confusion was preventable.
In the next session we will be advocating for needed improvements but will work hard to prevent roll-back of the improvements gained in Act 77. We will NOT allow PA to go back to the 1930s.

Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania who are still questioning without basis the validity of the Nov. 3 election are drafting a boatload of voting-related legislation, with top Democrats quickly accusing them of setting up a sham process and undermining faith in elections.

12/04/2020
Reform the Rules Virtual Town Hall

If you missed the Fair District PA Reform the Rules Town Hall, you can view it now on YouTube: youtu.be/b2lWQXTs-ts .
Watch for some valuable comments by women elected in 2018 about how the legislative rules block the ability to get bills enacted. Also of real interest: the comments about the quick passage of Act 77 without opportunity for in-depth discussion. We are harmed by delay in passing important bills but also harmed when bills pass without adequate stakeholder input or discussion.

Speaker Tony Crocamo shared FDPA research on legislative rules, then FDPA Chair Carol Kuniholm moderated a panel of legislators sharing their own insights & ...

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11/30/2020
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11/30/2020
Fired director of U.S. cyber agency Chris Krebs explains why President Trump's claims of election interference are false

Former director of U.S. cyber agency Chris Krebs, a lifelong Republican and Trump appointee, was fired after saying the 2020 election was the country's most secure ever.
Krebs explained on 60 minutes why he believes the vote was accurate and why saying otherwise puts the country in danger.

Chris Krebs, a lifelong Republican, was put in charge of the agency handling election security by President Trump two years ago. When Krebs said the election was the country's most secure ever, Mr. Trump fired him. Now, Krebs speaks to Scott Pelley.

Two lawsuits were dismissed this weekend: one on Friday, the other late Saturday. Appeals continue but the evidence is c...
11/29/2020
Pennsylvania high court rejects lawsuit challenging election

Two lawsuits were dismissed this weekend: one on Friday, the other late Saturday.
Appeals continue but the evidence is clear: there was no fraud, no improprieties, heroic effort on the part of PA election officials, and a complete count in the most scrutinized election in PA history.
Elected officials who continue to stir speculation do a great disservice to the commonwealth, the common good and their own reputations. It's time to thank those who have borne the brunt of this election, certify results and look for ways to heal the dangerous divide.

The state's attorney general, Democrat Josh Shapiro, called the court's decision “another win for Democracy.”

“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy,” U.S. Circuit Judge Stephanos Bibas wrote Friday for the unani...
11/28/2020
Led by Trump Appointee, Third Circuit Unanimously Rejects Trump’s Election Gripes in Pennsylvania

“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy,” U.S. Circuit Judge Stephanos Bibas wrote Friday for the unanimous three-judge panel. “Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here."
@LWVPA and partners League of Women Voters of the U.S. ACLU ACLU of Pennsylvania NAACP Common Cause Pennsylvania and BPEP (Black Political Empowerment Project) continue the fight on behalf of PA voters.

Leading a unanimous three-member panel, a federal appellate judge appointed by outgoing President Donald Trump upheld a blistering lower court ruling that said the Trump campaign and Rudy Giuliani's attempt to block certification of the election results in Pennsylvania was a meritless endeavor.

Planning some #BlackFriday shopping? Why not also consider a donation to protect democracy? League of Women Voters of Pe...
11/27/2020
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Planning some #BlackFriday shopping? Why not also consider a donation to protect democracy? League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania is a grassroots, volunteer-driven organization. Your donation shows support for our nonpartisan democracy initiatives, which don't end once elections are over! Donate with the link below.

Your generous donation will go directly to our work of empowering voters and defending democracy by educating the public about and advocating for issues that matter.

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11/25/2020
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We are less than a week away from #GivingTuesday! Your donation to League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania helps us continue making democracy work. Our $3,500 goal will be matched, making your donation twice as impactful. Make a gift to the League today! 🇺🇸

Your generous donation will go directly to our work of empowering voters and defending democracy by educating the public about and advocating for issues that matter.

County election officials say the 2020 general election went well, given the historic turnout, new voting rules and opti...
11/25/2020
Pa. county officials to state lawmakers: election law changes are needed

County election officials say the 2020 general election went well, given the historic turnout, new voting rules and options and COVID health concerns.
They also say: election law changes are needed.
The Bipartisan Election Law Advisory Board must meet & recommend changes, then the PA legislature must enact those needed changes with continued input from county officials.
We'll be doing all we can to make sure voters' concerns are well-represented, and once again asking our legislative leaders to listen to county election officials.
There's much work still to be done to safeguard future elections.

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania is calling for a a newly-created Election Law Advisory Board to be convened.

We spoke out about HR 1100 last week, an election audit proposed by the PA House. Here's our statement: https://www.palw...
11/24/2020
Pa. legislative committee rejects request to conduct election audit

We spoke out about HR 1100 last week, an election audit proposed by the PA House. Here's our statement: https://www.palwv.org/news/statement-hr1100
That bill was pushed through quickly with little public notice, passed just two days after it was first proposed,
Yesterday, in a rare move, the Legislative Budget & Finance Committee rejected the request to conduct the audit, noting that it is outside the committee's area of expertise.
The Department of State had already promised an audit and a bipartisan Election Law Advisory Board has already been unanimously approved to review and offer recommendations.
It's essential that any review be carried out in a non-partisan way and include the mix of stakeholders already in place in the Advisory Board.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/11/23/Pennsylvania-legislative-committee-rejects-request-conduct-election-audit-Trump-Biden/stories/202011230107

HARRISBURG — A bipartisan, bicameral legislative service agency on Monday, in a rare move, rejected a request from the House of Representatives to...

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11/23/2020
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We are 8 days away from Giving Tuesday, a global day of generosity in support of nonprofit organizations. If you follow our page, you know how hard we worked to protect voters and ensure election integrity during the #2020election. Show your support for League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and our work to defend democracy with a #GivingTuesday gift. Donate by clicking the logo below!

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Yesterday Judge Matthew Brann rejected se arguments in the most recent Trump lawsuit, saying, “this Court has been prese...
11/22/2020
Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Pennsylvania Presidential Election Results | League of Women Voters

Yesterday Judge Matthew Brann rejected se arguments in the most recent Trump lawsuit, saying, “this Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations...unsupported by evidence. In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state.”
LWVPA Co-President Terrie Griffin responds: “Pennsylvania voters have spoken in greater numbers than ever before, and today’s decision confirms the sanctity of the vote. It is time to move past the desperate accusations, stop the perpetuation of false claims, and accept the choices of Pennsylvania voters.”

A federal district court judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by President Trump’s reelection campaign against Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and seven counties.

Nearly 75% of Pennsylvanians support idea of a @NatlPopularVote as alternative to the Electoral College.@LWVPA has joine...
11/21/2020
Rabb pushes bill to join Electoral College vote reform

Nearly 75% of Pennsylvanians support idea of a @NatlPopularVote as alternative to the Electoral College.
@LWVPA has joined the effort for 270 by 2024.
15 states & DC have already passed the compact.
Thank you Rep. Chris Rabb & Saul Anuzis for your work on this.

State Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) has an idea that isn’t novel but could change the way a U.S. president is elected.

Official statement from League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania on PA #HR1011: PA Department of State has already made cl...
11/20/2020
League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Statement on HR 1100 — League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania

Official statement from League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania on PA #HR1011: PA Department of State has already made clear an intention to provide an audit of the 2020 general election. House Resolution 1100 would require a duplicative audit, adding extra work and confusion for election officials who have already gone above and beyond in ensuring the integrity of the election and subsequent time-consuming count. For that reason, we oppose House Resolution 1100. Read our full statement by clicking the logo below.

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania celebrates the heroic work of county commissioners, election officials and staff, and the Department of State in administering a safe, secure election of record turnout in the midst of a global pandemic and unprecedented national attention. We urge our le

Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus ignored  recommendations from the 2020 primary audit, attacked the PA Department of...
11/20/2020
Pa. GOP advances audit of 2020 election, says it’s not about fraud

Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus ignored recommendations from the 2020 primary audit, attacked the PA Department of State for providing guidance in an attempt to standardize counting across the counties, failed to address needed legislative fixes & now will spend taxpayer dollars on a duplicative audit by a committee formed to oversee finance, not elections.
The highly partisan House Resolution 1100 bypasses the planned DOS audit and the bipartisan Election Law Advisory Board voted into place unanimously in September 2020.
Election oversight and policy-making should not be subject to partisan games.
Worth noting: this resolution was introduced on Nov. 17 and adopted on Nov. 19, with no opportunity for public comment or amendment. So much for transparency and accountability.
Constituent concerns about wrongdoing have been stoked by repeated frivolous lawsuits, not by any failure of PA election officials. It's time to thank them for their work and treat them with the respect they deserve.

A resolution tasks a bipartisan committee that holds subpoena power with compiling a report on issues and “inconsistencies,” and hiring a firm to audit the vote.

Since 1970 League of Women Voters of the U.S. has called for abolishment of the Electoral College & in 2010 voted to sup...
11/17/2020

Since 1970 League of Women Voters of the U.S. has called for abolishment of the Electoral College & in 2010 voted to support the National Popular Vote compact.


The compact would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It has been enacted into law by 15 states and DC with 196 electoral votes.

The compact has now reached a critical tipping point, and has set a goal of 270 by 2024. It needs an additional 74 electoral votes to go into effect. Pennsylvania’s electoral votes would be a big jump toward that goal.
Last week the LWVPA board agreed to endorse the National Popular Vote campaign here in Pennsylvania and to join in advocacy for bills to be introduced in the 2021 session. We're encouraging PA voters to attend the 270 by 2024 Virtual Summit this Thursday from 3 to 5. Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vR3heVXuoVeJvsvTJ5aldklrveBzUv-LfB71VOQJMnsU7BF2Y86EZ7dA6o0R3A6lrC2ffmSOJHLzvrX/pub

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Defending Democracy. Empowering Voters.

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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LWVPA want every vote counted.
Thank you so much for your participation in ensuring the integrity of our election process!
You CAN get a good job! You CAN own a home! You CAN retire! You CAN have the American dream! #Trump2020
If you live in PA, TRUMP WILL STEAL THE ELECTION THROUGH PA, so please vote in person, if your health allows (see references at the end of the video for reliable news sources for this explosive information.)
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CAREFUL WHAT/WHO YOU WISH/VOTE FOR: Here is what I think a 2021 Democratic and Joe Biden America will be like. If Joe Biden gets elected President in November the Democrats will succeed in getting the police departments across the whole United States defunded. Then all of the murderers, rapist, child molesters, burglars, thieves and want to be murderers, rapist, child molesters, burglars and thieves can start having conventions in any city or town in any state that they please. Their entertainment will not cost them anything. The law abiding citizens will be their entertainment. I just have one request of the murders, rapist, child molesters, burglars, thieves and the want to bees. Its that they start having their conventions in the Democratic controlled states first. It seems only right that the good people of those Democratic controlled states host those conventions first and be their prey since the good people in those Democratic controlled states would not vote those Democrats in charge out of office who started the movement to get rid of their police. PS: Think about this: If Joe Biden becomes President Alexandria Cortez and the rest of the squad, Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will be in charge of the government, the country and the Presidency. Joe Biden will be their puppet. He will do, say and sign whatever they tell him to. This is why every Democrat in office must be voted out of office and why every Democrat running for office must be defeated. Hello, My name is John Amerson. I'm the author of the Science Fiction novel "HE SAID". I came up with a great way to try to help get President Donald J. Trump re-elected President in November. Please sent this email to at least ten people. Everyone need to be reminded that Criminals do not care if you are a Republican or Democrat.It is scary to me sometimes when "Fiction" starts coming "True". On Page 198 in my novel Jack tell John Carl: In less the a hundred years the America you know will cease to exist. It will have been taken over by other cultures that refuse to change their ways of thinking and will not give their allegiance to your America. The majority of them haven't even enough respect for your country to even learn to speak its native tongue. They won't even fight for the freedoms your country offers them, but they will exploit your country's liberties and burn its flag. Humans are their own worst enemy. On Page 200 in my novel Jack tells John Carl: Other countries that are hostile to your freedoms are coming here to live and establish a foot hold. They try to get elected to office to change laws to suite their beliefs and customs. Certain fractions of your society and governmental officials in high places are what you would call sympathizers. They are helping them take away your freedoms little by little. For your America to survive and continue to be the land of the free and the home of the brave, those fractions of society and government must be dealt with.
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