Late last night, the US House of Representatives passed HR1, the For the People Act. This comprehensive democracy reform agenda is an important step toward protecting our elections and building a more inclusive democracy.
Thank you to all our members and supporters for reaching out to your representatives to support this legislation.
We need HR1 now more than ever. The 2020 election saw the largest voter participation in our country’s history. But since November, we have seen hundreds of restrictive voting bills introduced by state legislatures in more than 40 states. These bills seek to limit the voices of voters, particularly Black and brown voters, who voted in record numbers last year. Now is the time to expand voter access, not restrict the constitutional right to vote. HR1 will protect voters and help to build a fairer and more inclusive democracy.
Today we celebrate expanding voter access, but tomorrow the work moves to the US Senate.
The Senate will soon introduce their version of the For the People Act, and the League will continue our dedication to build support to pass this legislation.
Here is what you need to know about this bill:
- Expands our right to vote with automatic voter registration, online voter registration, and same day registration
- Ends partisan and racial gerrymandering in favor of independent redistricting commissions
- Provides more transparency by holding elected officials accountable and requiring candidates to provide financial disclosures
Thank you for your commitment and for helping to empower voters and defend democracy in the days ahead. (Thank you to the National LWV for this article. To stay up to date on the national League’s work to advance the For the People Act by joining our check out the OutreachCircle, our digital organizing tool for peer-to-peer texting and staying up to speed on League priority actions. )
SAVE THE DATE FOR LWVNE LEGISLATIVE DAY
The League of Women Voters of Nebraska invites you to join us for our Covid19 (Virtual) Legislative Day!
We will host two Zoom meetings:
On Saturday, Feb. 20, the LWVNE’s priority bills will be presented, followed by training on lobbying during
Covid19 restrictions. Sign-on will begin at 9:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. to noon meeting. You will receive the
Zoom link after you register from:
Registration link for Legislative Day Training, Feb 20, 10 a.m. to noon.
On Wednesday, Feb. 24, join us for a Zoom hour of lobbying power between noon and 1:15 p.m.
Participants will contact their senators and/or legislative staff via email or phone during this time. Sign-on
will begin at 11:30 a.m. You will receive the Zoom link after you register from:
Registration link for Legislative Action Day, Feb. 24, noon – 1:15 p.m.
2021 LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS BY LWVLL
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How to contact the Governor and Secretary of State
Governor Pete Ricketts
1445 K St.
P.O. Box 94848
Lincoln, NE 68509
Nebraska Secretary of State Robert Evnen
1445 K St., Suite 2300
P.O. Box 94608
Lincoln, NE 68509-4608