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April Recap from LWVUS

LWVUS | Published on 4/29/2022

The States Fight for Voting Rights

The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Kansas and various partners appealed a lawsuit challenging anti-voter laws passed in 2021. The laws include vote-disqualifying signature requirements and a delivery assistance ban that would disproportionately impact voters with disabilities or who live in rural areas or tribal land.

Meanwhile, the LWV of Arizona saw a victory as the state's Supreme Court dismissed a petition from the Arizona Republican Party that aimed to end all early voting. The LWV of Arizona had filed an amicus brief challenging the petition in March.

Challenging Unfair Electoral Maps

 

The Leagues of New York state and Florida both took action against unfair congressional maps. 

The LWV of Florida joined partners in filing a lawsuit against Florida's new map, citing both racial and partisan gerrymandering. 

Meanwhile, the LWV of New York state filed an amicus brief challenging the maps drawn by the Legislature after the state's Independent Redistricting Commission failed to submit a second set of maps as required by a 2014 amendment.

Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson Makes History

 

On April 7, Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson became the first Black women confirmed to the US Supreme Court. Throughout her confirmation hearing, viewers saw firsthand how Judge Brown Jackson's race and gender led her to be held to higher standards than her peers. We hope that her confirmation is a turning point that creates greater equity in our legal system moving forward.