Our LWV Directory of Elected Officials has just been updated with contact information and links for the new school board members and special district officials elected in May 2017. View the complete updated DEO HERE!
League Opposes Kobach Request for Voter Records
On June 30, League of Women Voters of the U.S. president Chris Carson released a statement on Kris Kobach’s request for every state’s voter records and the Elections Integrity Commission.
“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…
“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.”
On June 22, League of Women Voters of the U.S. president Chris Carson issued the following statement on the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” unveiled by Senate leadership:
“The Better Care Reconciliation Act is even worse than the version we saw pass in the House of Representatives and is not worthy of this great nation. The cuts to Medicaid will be massive and will destroy the system that so many Americans rely on…”
The LWV position on Health Care begins “The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost should be available to all U.S. residents.” Read more here about the League’s study and work on health care issues.
As a volunteer organization, we are very grateful for the thousands of hours more than 100 Portland League members contribute to promoting civic engagement in our county.
On June 6, we presented our 2016-17 Volunteer of the Year award to Art Wilson for his outstanding work managing the distribution of the printed editions of the LWVPDX nonpartisan Voters’ Guide for the 2016 Primary and General Elections and the May 2017 Special Election.
“Volunteering is the ultimate experience in democracy. You vote in elections, but when you volunteer, you vote every day for the kind of community you want to live in.” (unknown author)
The League of Women Voters of the U.S. president Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement that the United States will leave the global Paris Climate Agreement:
“Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement is a giant step in the wrong direction for the health of the planet and all living beings. President Trump’s decision today will undermine global cooperation and have a harmful impact on U.S. relations with our most trusted world allies. The long-term effects of this decision will make more people sick, especially children and the elderly. The League of Women Voters is gravely disappointed to see the United States on the wrong side of history in the fight to protect our planet.”
Read the LWVUS Climate Fact Sheet
The LWV of Portland mourns for the men killed and injured, and the two women they were trying to defend, all of whom were victims in a racially driven brutal attack May 26 on Portland’s public transit system. We extend our deepest sympathy to the victims’ families and the survivors.
The League denounces the violence of this attack. We reaffirm the League’s support of equal rights for all and the importance of speaking out against hate and violence.