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League of Women Voters Celebrates 93rd Birthday

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English: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the...

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 while Martin Luther King and others look on (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The League of Women Voters of the Elgin Area is elated to join our colleagues today to celebrate our national organization’s 93rd anniversary. Since our founding in 1920, the League has worked tirelessly to protect and uphold the constitutional right to vote, a right that composes the very foundation of our democracy.

However, while we celebrate our successes, we are concerned by stark challenges to our democracy. In the upcoming Supreme Court case Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 will be reviewed. The VRA is landmark legislation that ensures every American citizen, regardless of race, has an equal right to vote. Should the Court rule against the VRA, which prevents states from passing discriminatory voting rules, the right to vote for millions of Americans would be at risk.

“The thought that the Supreme Court might soon overturn the Voting Rights Act and limit voting rights should send a chill down the spine of every American,” said League president Sigi Psimenos. “The League believes we should be expanding voting rights, not curtailing them, and working to make elections free, fair and accessible to all eligible citizens.”

The League has been committed to protecting voter rights since 1920, and we’re not stopping now. The upcoming Supreme Court review of the Voting Rights Act shows that even 93 years after our founding, the League’s work is needed more than ever.

The League of Women Voters of the Elgin Area is one of nearly 800 Leagues in all 50 states that works to protect voters’ rights. Since 1920, the League has worked to educate and inform voters. “We respect all points of view, and never support or oppose candidates for office, or political parties,” continued Psimenos. “This is what sets us apart from so many organizations, and it is why we welcome new volunteers to take part in our work here in Elgin, Bartlett, Carpentersville, Dundee, Gilberts, Sleepy Hollow, and South Elgin.”.”

Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages. For more information about the League, visit www.lwvelginarea.org/about. For a complete listing of events, visit http://lwvelginarea.eventbrite.com/.

2 Responses to "League of Women Voters Celebrates 93rd Birthday"

  1. Loni Mecum
    Loni Mecum Posted on February 14, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Sigi,

    That is a wonderful message. Did you send it to the newspapers?

    Loni

    • wendylwvea
      wendylwvea Posted on February 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Loni,
      I believe she did!
      Thanks! Glad you liked it