Information on state issues and live bills upon which the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire is interested, is taking a position, and/or has determined action is needed.
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The House had passed that passed that bill earlier in May by a 2 to 1 margin.
The casino bills have so far (May 8, 2014) been defeated in the House. One more attempt, by attaching the bill as an amendment to another bill, may be made.
The League appreciates the votes of those Representatives and Senators who supported the new bill.
There is a legislative study committee to review election law with a goal of improving voter participation. The committee is scheduled to begin public sessions around the state in April 2014. We'll post dates and places when we know them; plan to attend and make your views known.
The League of Women Voters New Hampshire continues to oppose restrictions on the right to vote, especially those that seem to target students, the elderly, and the poor.
But months later we are still waiting for Congress to finish what it started. Urge your Representative to move H.R. 3899 forward by holding a hearing in the House.
The League was hopeful Congress would move quickly to repair the damage caused by the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby v. Holder, but four months later we are still waiting for action to be taken. H.R. 3899 modernizes the coverage formula for preclearance to ensure it is based on recent acts of discrimination and provides narrow mechanisms to prevent discrimination in voting nationwide. It also provides a national notification system to keep voters up to date on changes to upcoming elections. The VRAA is an important step forward for our democracy, where the right to vote is not about politics or the outcome of elections; it is about equality and justice.
The time for waiting is over. Tell your Representative to call for a hearing on the VRAA.
Through the support of League members and supporters like you we've already generated over 35,000 letters to Congress on this legislation. But we need to keep the pressure on! If we are to ensure that each and every eligible voter is treated fairly at the ballot box and has an equal right and equal access to vote, we must continue to make our voices heard.
Please join the League in calling for a hearing on H.R. 3899. Let's move forward and modernize the Voting Rights Act to protect our most fundamental right: the right to vote.
Senator Kelly Ayotte (202) 224-3324 website
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (202) 224-2841 website
Representative Ann McLane Kuster (202) 225-5206 (district 2) website
Representative Carol Shea Porter (202) 225-5456 (district 1) website