Monthly Archives: September 2021

League Supports Freedom to Vote Act

Introduced on Sept. 13, the Freedom to Vote Act (S2747) improves access to the ballot for Americans, advances commonsense election integrity reforms, and protects our democracy from emerging threats. This bill includes many provisions of the For the People Act (HR1/S1) but reflects feedback from state and local election officials to ensure that the people responsible for implementing these reforms are able to do so effectively.

This federal legislation also elevates the voices of all Americans by curbing partisan gerrymandering and rooting out the undue influence of special interest money in our politics. Click here for an LWVMO Fact Sheet.

Hot Topics at Nov. 13 Fall Conference

LWVMO will host our annual Fall Conference on Saturday, Nov. 13, at State Fair Community College in Sedalia. The conference will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our theme for 2021 is Hot Topics! Plans are underway to include the following topics:

Hot Topics in the Past:

  • Examine the timeline of voter ID legislation
  • Celebrating Missouri’s 200th Anniversary with a presentation on Women’s Clothing and the Suffragists by Nicole Johnston from the Missouri Historical Society

Hot Topics in the Present:

  • Update on Legislative and Congressional Redistricting in MO
  • Paid Leave – State Study presentation by LWV KC/Jackson/Clay/Platte Counties
  • Update on activities by local League presidents

Hot Topics for the Future:

  • Interactive discussion of common issues for urban and rural voters to set LWVMO legislative priorities for 2022
  • Report on 2022 voting legislation by Rep. Peggy McGaugh (R), a former county clerk currently serving on the Missouri House Elections Committee
  • How to effectively communicate with legislators

This is a great time to meet League members from all 10 local Leagues. Lunch will be provided for those attending in person. Registration is $25 for in person attendance and $15 for virtual attendance. Click here for the registration form.

For those attending in person, LWV merchandise will be available for purchase!

In-Person Registration ($25)

Zoom Registration ($15)

Support Federal Voting Rights Legislation

President Lyndon Johnson signed the original Voting Rights Act in 1965. Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan signed the Voting Rights Act in 1982 and George W. Bush signed its 2006 reauthorization. Click here for a fact sheet on the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act that passed the House in August.

The  the Freedom to Vote Act (S2747) includes many provisions of the For the People Act (HR1/S1) but reflects feedback from state and local election officials to ensure that the people responsible for implementing these reforms are able to do so effectively. It would improve access to the ballot for Americans, advances commonsense election integrity reforms, and protects our democracy from emerging threats. This federal legislation also elevates the voices of all Americans by curbing partisan gerrymandering and rooting out the undue influence of special interest money in our politics. Click here for an LWVMO Fact Sheet.

The For the People Ac (HR1/S1) was the first bill introduced in both houses of the 117th Congress to support free, fair and accessible elections and voters’ rights. The House approved HR1 on March 4, but a filibuster blocked action in the Senate. 

SIGNING OF H.R. 9, THE FANNIE LOU HAMER, ROSA PARKS, AND CORETTA SCOTT KING VOTING RIGHTS ACT REAUTHORIZATION AND AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2006