Check your Photo ID against your Voter Registration Card

Check your photo ID against your voter registration card. If they don’t match, you may change your voter registration information online by clicking here. We recommend ALL voters do this to avoid delays at the polls.

  • Travis County Elections has posted easy-to-understand language about this new requirement.
  • Pro-voter organizations have created a very helpful website, where any Texas voter can find out if and how they have been affected. If you have any questions about your eligibility to vote, please visit GotIDTexas and answer the questions there. And please tell everyone you know about this very useful website.
  • Texas and the Affordable Care Act

    Texans can find assistance obtaining health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace starting on Oct. 1st, 2013. Click here to download a report published by LWV-Texas and written by Austin LWV member Grace Chimene.

    At our annual Kickoff Meeting on Sept. 15, health care expert Anne Dunkelberg described options available to Texans under the Affordable Care Act. Click here to download a copy of her presentation.

    Annual Fall Kick-Off Meeting: The Affordable Care Act and YOU

    sept15This year’s featured Kick-off speaker is Anne Dunkelberg, Acting Executive Director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) and one of the state’s leading experts in policy and budget issues relating to health care access. Dunkelberg will talk about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She will discuss the resources available in Central Texas to potential beneficiaries and answer such questions as:

    • What services and benefits are available via the Affordable Care Act?
    • How might the ACA improve access to health care?
    • What efforts are being made to educate the public about the ACA?
    • In addition, a member of the Travis County Clerk’s staff will provide an update on the current status of the Texas Voter ID law and how League members can help educate the public on
    what identification they will need to vote in November.

    In addition a member of the Travis County Clerk’s staff will provide an update on the current status of the Texas Voter ID law and how all Volunteer Deputy Registrars can help educate the public.

    Sunday, September 15, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    Trinity United Methodist Church Sanctuary
    4001 Speedway, corner 40th Street.
    Parking across the street.
    This event is free and open to the public.

     

    National Voter Registration Day

    Tues., Sept. 24, is National Voter Registration Day. The League of Women Voters Austin Area will be working with other voting rights groups to register voters.Contact  Jacklyn Williams for more information.

     

    
    

    The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Voting Rights Act

    The Voting Rights Act of 1965, re-authorized by Congress in 2006, was dramatically weakened on June 24th by a 5-4 Court decision. Immediately after this ruling, Texas officials announced that the “Voter ID” law passed in 2011 was immediately in effect. This disenfranchised over 744,000 registered Texas voters who don’t have drivers licenses.

    • Grassroots organizations have responded with a very helpful website, where any Texas voter can find out if and how they have been affected. It offers to help affected voters get the proper ID. Please visit GotIDTexas and tell people you know about this website.
    • Austin’s new city council system will be affected. Redistricting expert Steve Bickerstaff explains the impact in an article he wrote (click here) for The Austin Bulldog.

    Austinites can respond right now by becoming Deputy Voter Registrars. This requires about an hour of training, which is offered by the Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office. Click here for more information.

    Press Conference on redistricting – October 24, 2012

    Remarks by LWV Austin –

    Fellow voters, let’s get this right the first time and vote YES on Prop 3, the only plan that requires an Independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commission to draw city council districts.

    In the view of the League of Women Voters of the Austin Area, an Independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commission, or ICRC, is an ESSENTIAL part of our change to fairer system of city representation. This view is based on decades of advocating for increased citizen participation in the redistricting process.

    When the Austin League first heard about the ICRC in Prop 3 last year, we were at the same time lobbying the Texas Legislature to draw a fair, ungerrymandered Congressional map for Texas. We were not alone — numerous other groups were calling for the same thing. The result of citizen and organizations advocating for fairness was that cynical Texas Legislators carved Travis County into 5 Congressional districts. This is what happens when political consultants are involved in redistricting.

    The Texas Legislature is not alone in its cynicism about redistricting. The League of Women Voters of the United States has long advocated for transparency and citizen participation in the process. In recent years, several state Leagues have successfully spearheaded reforms to overhaul broken redistricting processes, encourage the adoption of clear redistricting criteria and increase public participation opportunities. Across the country, the League of Women Voters is working to change politically-controlled redistricting systems into what Austin voters can choose right now by voting for Prop 3.

    Austin voters who listen very carefully to the opponents of Prop 3 will recognize the sound of special interests that are desperate to maximize their control over city politics. This sounds the same whether it comes from Washington, DC, the State Capitol or downtown Austin. Can they be serious when they make the ridiculous claim that having a broad base of support is a liability?

    It should be little surprise that voters have voiced their distrust of every previous Geographic Representation plan suggested by a sitting Council. We’ve been burned too many times by state politicians who can’t seem to resist picking their own voters and we’ve never had any assurance that the same thing would not happen in city politics.

    Until now.

    On the current ballot sits Prop 3, a proposal that came from the citizens themselves.

    Average Austinites decided on the number of districts Austin needs.
    Average Austinites decided that we had to have an Independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commission.
    Average Austinites formed a coalition, created Prop 3, and put it the ballot.

    Voters know that collectively, we’re pretty smart when we take the time to talk and listen to one another, which is the process that brought Prop 3 to today’s ballot.

    When critical tasks are performed BY the people, they are performed FOR the people. The only way to ensure a fair redistricting process is to have it done by people who don’t have a direct vested interest. “We the People” must be kept in charge of it. So let’s get this right the first time and vote YES on Prop 3 and NO on Prop 4.