Statement from LWVUS about National Background Check Database

Statement from national LWV

LWV Supports Legislation to Strengthen Reporting to National Background Check Database

11/21/2017

Following an unprecedented series of mass shootings throughout the country, a bipartisan group of Senators has come together to strengthen existing federal law. On November 16, 2017, Senators Chris Murphy (D CA) and John Cornyn (R TX) introduced the Fix NICS Act, legislation that will improve and enforce reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This legislation will make it easier to legally prevent individuals from buying a firearm if they have previous felonies, indictments and other crimes which include domestic assaults.

The legislation is a first step in the right direction to strengthen federal gun laws. It will have a meaningful impact on improving the background check system used by different agencies and levels of government across the country. If passed, this legislation will hold federal agencies responsible for sharing relevant data with the background check system. It will also compensate states to comply with implementation through federal grants and other incentives.

We believe that the proliferation of handguns and semi-automatic assault weapons in the United States is a major health and safety threat to its citizens. The League supports this legislation because it will invest in an existing structure that makes it possible for state and federal officials to share relevant criminal records with the NICS. Strong federal measures to limit the accessibility and regulate the ownership of firearms by private citizens is necessary for consumer safety.

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LWVUS Statement on Health Care Subsidies

LWV Statement on Executive Order to End Health Care Subsidies
10/13/2017 | by Sarah Courtney

Washington, D.C. – League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to the White House executive order to end health care subsidies in the Affordable Care Act:

“President Trump’s executive order to end health care subsidies for insurance companies will raise premiums and leave more Americans without meaningful health insurance. These subsidies were put in place deliberately to keep costs down for everyday Americans. Removing them now is a dangerous step toward unraveling a fragile system.

“President Trump is attempting to dismantle the American health care system piece by piece, in the same dangerous and under-the-table manner that the American people made clear to their Congressional leaders is unacceptable.

“We have said many times that the Affordable Care Act is not a perfect law. Congress should work to improve it. The White House should not undo the positive impacts this legislation has had for millions of Americans who previously could not afford health care coverage.”

Contact: Sarah Courtney | 202-263-1332 | scourtney@lwv.org

 

 

Fall Conference- Register Now!

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LWVMO Fall Conference
October 28, 2017
State Fair Community College—Sedalia

  • 8:30 to 9:30 registration/shopping/get acquainted
  • 9:30–Opening remarks–Kathleen Boswell
  • 9:40–New merchandise– Mary Merritt
  • 9:50–Observer Corps–Nancy Copenhaver
  • 10:00— CLEAN MO–Sean Nicholson
  • 11:00— The View from a County Clerk’s Office–Nick LaStrada
  • 12:00— Lunch-visit with our speakers around the table
  • 12:45— St. Louis Speakers’ Bureau–Nancy Miller
  • 1:00— DC Voting Rights and Statehood–Anne Anderson
  • 2:00— What’s Coming-Spring in KC–Evelyn Maddox
  • 2:10— Wrap up/finish any local League reports not filled in earlier

 

Hotel reservations for Oct. 27 available at the Comfort Inn, 3600 West Broadway.
(660) 829-5050. Rooms are $82 plus tax. Prefer to reserve by September 26. Mention LWV.

To register for the Fall Conference please fill out the form below and hit submit, and scroll down to pay registration fees online.

Fall Conference Registration – $20.00

 

Local Rallies in Kansas City & St. Louis

From LWV-US:

Local rallies to protect our right to vote:

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, the Pence-Kobach sham election Commission will meet for the second time. This Commission has one goal in mind: laying the groundwork for voter suppression by purging eligible voters from the rolls.

Tell the sham Commission: Our democracy is about participation—not purges.

The morning of the meeting, activists will rally in Manchester, NH, Atlanta, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Phoenix. Leagues are encouraged to participate in and promote these rallies as they see fit.

Missouri- St. Louis: Press Rally!
When: Tuesday, September 12, 11am CST
Where: St. Louis History Museum (Civil Rights Exhibit)
Address: 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO63112

Kansas/Missouri-Kansas City: Press Rally! 
When: Tuesday, September 12, 12pm CT
Where: Ilus Davis Park
Address: 1000 Locust St. Kansas City, MO 64106

Tell the sham Commission: We won’t let anything stop us from exercising our right to vote!

State Fall Conference

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LWVMO Fall Conference
October 28, 2017
State Fair Community College—Sedalia

(Details TBA)
Hotel reservations for Oct. 27 available at the Comfort Inn, 3600 West Broadway.
(660) 829-5050. Rooms are $82 plus tax. Reserve before September 26. Mention LWV.

To register for the Fall Conference please fill out the form below and hit submit, and scroll down to pay registration fees online. 

Fall Conference Registration – $20.00

League of Women Voters Condemns White Supremacists in Charlottesville
August 13, 2017
Washington, DC – League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement following the horrific acts by white supremacists in Virginia this weekend:

“Yesterday the world watched in horror as white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia. There is no place for hatred and violence in our democracy and all leaders must condemn these acts of domestic terrorism. We must send a strong message that while the freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly are some of our most cherished rights and must be protected, those rights do not extend to what we witnessed yesterday. The League of Women Voters stands in solidarity with the victims of violence in Charlottesville and against white supremacism.”

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF MISSOURI
July 28, 2017

In regard to the Pence-Kobach Commission Request for Voter Information

The League of Women Voters is dedicated to ensuring that all eligible voters – particularly those from traditionally underrepresented or underserved communities– have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote. Encouraging all eligible voters to participate in our elections is the mission of the League of Women Voters since its founding almost 100 years ago. Every vote counts, and our votes make a difference.

At this time, the newly appointed Pence-Kobach Commission on Election Integrity has asked every state to provide sensitive voter roll data, including the names, addresses, dates of birth, political party affiliation, past voter history, partial social security numbers of registered voters and even criminal history. This is a violation of privacy and has ominous implications for voting rights and election integrity. The League has serious concerns about the collection of this personal information by the Commission as well the release of the information by the states. The Commission’s request for voter data should be alarming to any American who values privacy, security, or integrity of our elections.

We are concerned that the Pence-Kobach Commission is laying the groundwork for potential voter suppression by the wrongful removal of eligible voters from the rolls. It appears to be a part of a wider effort of the Commission to suppress the vote and undermine our elections by spreading falsehoods about our election system. Our democracy is stronger when more, not fewer, citizens are involved in the electoral process.

We are concerned that this effort by the Commission may lead to dangerous election policy that would limit the eligibility and right of individuals who are fully qualified to vote.

We are greatly disturbed that this Commission is undermining the public’s confidence in our elections. We’ve already seen thousands of voters around the country cancel their voter registration since the Commission’s request for personal voter information from all 50 states.

In Missouri, Secretary of State Ashcroft has publicly agreed to Mr. Kobach’s request for voter information and that the release will be consistent with Missouri law imposing conditions on what voter information can be released, for what purposes, and in what circumstances.

As we understand it, voter information includes name, address, date of birth, county, precinct and voting history (not how you voted but which elections in which you voted).
There are specific conditions in the Missouri statutes which apply to obtaining and using the information, as well as paying the required fee for any organization requesting the information.

The League of Women Voters of Missouri urges the Secretary of State to ensure that the Kobach Commission follow Missouri law in obtaining the information and using the information. For the sake of all Missourians, we expect that he will follow through with this commitment.

We encourage all Missouri voters to contact the Secretary of State’s office at (573) 751-2301 or(800) 669-8683 or by email at elections@sos.mo.gov to express your concern.

League of Women Voters Reacts to Pence-Kobach Election Commission
07/19/2017 | by Sarah Courtney

Washington, DC – League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to the first meeting of the ‘Election Integrity’ Commission:
“This Commission is undermining the public’s confidence in our elections. We’ve already seen thousands of voters cancel their registrations since Commission vice-chair and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach requested personal voter information from all fifty states.

“The members of this Commission have a history of voter suppression efforts. Despite their claims of having no agenda, they have entered into this voter ‘study’ with preconceived results. This fishing expedition for voter information is intended to lead to more voter suppression – not improving our election process.

“Democracy only works when people stand up and vote. The League of Women Voters urges the American people not to be intimidated by this Commission: stay enrolled and encourage others to register to vote.

“Our elections have integrity. This Commission does not.”

 

Request for Voter Records

From LWV US:

LWV Statement on Kobach Request for Voter Records

League Opposes Kobach Request for Voter Records

WASHINGTON, DC- The request for voter records confirms fears of Kris Kobach continuing his tactics of voter suppression and the genesis of the Elections Integrity Commission in general. The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson released this statement on the issue:

“There is no justification for this giant fishing expedition. The Commission itself is a distraction from the real issue of voter suppression, and that efforts to ‘investigate voter fraud’ threaten our most fundamental voting rights.

“This most recent move by Mr. Kobach is an indicator that the so-called Election ‘Integrity’ Commission is not interested in facts, but false accusations and dangerous policy recommendations.

“State laws govern the release of voter registration information, and, at a minimum, election officials must follow those laws before releasing data. The League stands with those state leaders who have already come out to support their voters and refuse these requests from Mr. Kobach and the EIC.”

Contact: Sarah Courtney | 202-263-1332 | scourtney@lwv.org

Action Alert – Health Care

ACTION ALERT – HEALTH CARE
June 2017

From LWV-US:

Legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – called “The American Health Care Act” – is about to be up for a vote in the Senate.

“The American Health Care Act” was developed in secret and is being rushed to passage. It will rip apart our healthcare and revoke coverage for millions of Americans while raising costs for millions more.

The “American Health Care Act” is un-American. It will increase costs for seniors and those with pre-existing conditions, while slashing assistance for lower-income households in obtaining coverage. It will also threaten the essential care that women need. In fact, the only real winners under this new legislation are the big interests and the wealthiest Americans. Hundreds of billions in tax breaks are included for the wealthy and the pharmaceutical and insurance industries.

Tell our Senators that means that there will be fewer people covered, weaker protections and higher costs for Americans.

Call today!
Senator Claire McCaskill – (202) 224-6154
Senator Roy Blunt – (202) 224-5721