Candidate Forums & Video Replays

LWV Forums-1001Austin City Council Candidate Forums have already begun. You can see the schedule for future events and view the video replay and read the Austin American-Statesman coverage for the past events here.

Austin Community College (ACC) will have a single Candidate Forum for the twelve candidates running for all four Places on their board of trustees on September 29. Details of the event and video replays are here.

Voter Registration and Voter Turnout PSA Contest

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Vote for Your Favorite!

All the entries are in and what a fantastic group of videos we have. All 24 of the entries will be judged and ranked in categories by professionals, but you can vote for your favorite for the People’s Choice Award.

Click here to watch all the videos and vote for your favorite before end of day September 28. The videos are only 15, 30, and 60 seconds each, so it doesn’t take long to watch them all. You’ll enjoy seeing the talent and expertise exhibited by these young videographers.

And congratulations to everyone who invested their time and skills to enter the contest!

National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Special Event Sponsored by the League of Women Voters – Austin Area
and the National Federation of the Blind of Texas, Austin Chapter

10am – 4pm
Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center, 4800 N Lamar Blvd., Austin 78756 (map)

The League of Women Voters is partnering with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Texas, Austin Chapter, to offer voter registration of this sometimes overlooked group. Individuals with visual impairments are encouraged to prepare to vote in the general election on November 8 by attending. Volunteer Deputy Registrars will be on hand to assist in registration. Participants will learn about rides to the polls, accessible voting machines and sources of assistance that are optionally available to them in the voting booth.

According to the 2010 census, 57,000,000 Americans live with disabilities. Helping citizens with disabilities vote is an important outreach for the League of Women Voters – Austin Area. League President Cinde Weatherby said, “We are especially pleased to be able to collaborate with the National Federation of the Blind in this program on National Voter Registration Day.”

This is the fifth consecutive year, League members nationally are part of this massive celebration of voting and democracy. “With so much at stake for all Americans this election year, now is the critical time for each of us to ask our friends, neighbors, coworkers and family if their voter registration is up-to-date,” said Weatherby.

Three accessible voting booths and Braille materials will be available at the registration event. Jeanine Lineback, NFB of Texas Austin Chapter President, said, “Blind people choose to live the life we want. One way to do that is to exercise our right and responsibility to vote.”

Additional voter registration for the visually impaired will be available Saturday, October 1, 2016, 10am – 4pm at the Travis Association for the Blind, 2307 Business Center Dr., Austin 78744.

Texas Voter ID Laws Ruled Discriminatory

By Cinde Weatherby, LWV Austin President and Texas LWV Voting & Elections Issue Chair

Texas voter id cropOn July 20, 2016, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Texas’ most restrictive-in-the-land Voter Photo ID discriminatory. Resulting ID requirement changes for the November 8 general election may not be fully known until August 17.

Learn what happened and what the judge’s plans are here.

Historical information on the Texas Voter Photo ID issue is posted on Cinde Weatherby’s LWV-TX Voting & Elections Blog http://www.lwvtexas.org/Voter_Rights_Election_Laws.html, where you will find:

  • LWV-Texas President Elaine Wiant’s statement on the ruling,
  • A Texas Tribune comprehensive history of the actions taken on the subject,
  • The full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling, and
  • A brief overview of the ruling.