This announcement was adapted from an email from the President of the Illinois League of Women Voters (LWVIL), July 16, 2021. See the LWVIL website Action Alerts page for other suggestions on taking action.
In a recent speech about challenges to voting rights, President Biden said, “I’m not saying this to alarm you, I’m saying this because you should be alarmed.”
The League of Women Voters of Illinois is alarmed. I am alarmed, are you?
I am alarmed because across our country state legislatures are passing bills which are anti-voter, enacting laws which restrict voting opportunities, disproportionality suppressing the votes of certain groups of people. The health of our democracy depends on more voters, not fewer.
What’s the answer? It is the For the People Act - a federal bill which establishes national standards that will guarantee the freedom to vote for every voter in the country. Why? Because your right to vote and your access to the ballot should be the same in every state in our country.
Each of us must act to protect our democracy. We all have two jobs:
Be the trusted source of information for your friends, your family, your neighbors, your faith group, your book club … call, write, send emails, share LWVIL’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter messages. Ask people to do the same. Everyone needs to know how important this is, and everyone needs to take action. We all need the For the People Act
Allyson E. Haut, Ph.D. President, League of Women Voters of Illinois