On Monday, August 23rd, the New Hanover County Commission adopted a resolution supporting the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. New Hanover joins 26 other counties and municipalities in North Carolina that have adopted the resolution. This vote was a wonderful acknowledgement of Women’s Equality Day on August 26th, 2021.
The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear would like to thank the New Hanover County and City of Wilmington Commission for Women and its Chair, Sheila Evans, which advocated for, supported, and assisted in getting this resolution on the county’s agenda. With the assistance of more local governments and organizations, we will demonstrate to our North Carolina General Assembly the importance of adding the ERA to our state constitution.
OVER 100,000 VOTERS WILL BE PROTECTED IN NOVEMBER WITH NEW PROCESS GREENSBORO—Late today, a federal judge ruled in the League of Women Voters of North Carolina’s case that the North Carolina State Board of Elections must provide a notice and cure process for absentee ballots marked for rejection. As the number of voters choosing to cast ballots by mail is expected to surge due to the threat of COVID-19, the decision provides relief for tens of thousands of voters whose ballots would otherwise be rejected without recourse.
“The establishment of a notice and cure process for absentee ballots is a major victory for North Carolina voters,” said Jo Nicholas, president of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina. “Now, even amidst all the uncertainty that the pandemic brings, voters can have assurance that their safely cast ballots will be counted in November.”
LWV North Carolina calls on NC voters to stand up for fair maps legislation in wake of Supreme Court’s failure to curtail partisan gerrymandering
CHAPEL HILL – The League of Women Voters of North Carolina today called on the state’s voters and legislators to take action in North Carolina to end gerrymandering. In today’s ruling on Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to set a test enabling courts to determine when partisan gerrymandering has gone too far, finding that partisan gerrymandering is non-justiciable.
“Today’s decision is devastating to the voters in North Carolina who have lived with
unconstitutional districts in the last four federal elections,” said Janet Hoy, outgoing
co-president of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina and a named plaintiff in
the case. “While we were hopeful that the Court would set a standard to address extreme
gerrymandering cases like ours, we will continue to work on getting fair maps for North
Carolinians through action right here in North Carolina.”
CONGRESS SHOULD PASS THE FOR THE PEOPLE ACT TO MODERNIZE OUR ELECTIONS AND INCREASE TRANSPARENCY
President of the League of Women Voters of the United States Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to the Mueller report:
“The Special Counsel’s report makes one thing crystal clear: a foreign government interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Congress must now take bold action to secure our elections systems from future attacks. To do so, Congress must have access to the full report and the underlying investigative documentation to understand the full scope of the attack.”
WASHINGTON – The League of Women Voters is proud to support the For the People Act, the Senate companion bill to H.R. 1 that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 8. Find out more.
LWVUS sent a letter to the U.S. House urging Representatives to support HR4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act. This legislation is a direct response to the Shelby v. Holder decision in 2013. It will modernize the coverage formula in the Voting Rights Act ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Read more.
League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear serves Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender Counties.