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Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 5.17.2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

On Monday,  the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request for a hearing to appeal the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals 2016 ruling that struck down North Carolina’s discriminatory voter ID law. The lower court ruled that the state’s omnibus voting law targeted African-American voters “with almost surgical precision” by eliminating or preventing same day registration, early voting, and out-of-precinct voting. The hearing denial means this ruling stands and restores voting access to millions of voters in the state. This is a big win for democracy!  (Read our blog)

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ACTION: 10,000 Calls to Pass AVR by End of May

Automatic voter registration (AVR) plays a critical role in helping millions of eligible voters participate in elections. Illinois could become the 7th state to adopt AVR but we need to make our voices heard!

We have a unique moment in Illinois to advance reforms that will blunt the influence of corporate money in politics and help more citizen get registered to vote. We need to mobilize members in specific districts to make sure AVR passes the House and is signed by Governor Rauner. Take Action for AVR.


Howard County Week of Action!

Starting next week, we need to mobilize members to contact the Council members in support of CB30 to establish funding for the Citizen's Election Fund. Upcoming activities include a Millennials for CB30 event on May 30.


March on Harrisburg to Expand Voter Power

Organizations and members have an opportunity to participate in legislative meetings and non-violent direct action on the steps of the capitol in Harrisburg Monday, May 22 through Wednesday, May 24.

Visit http://www.marchonharrisburg.org for more details and to sign-up as a sponsor. The all-volunteer team leading the march is looking for organizations that can help get the push out for the march and mobilize members to meet with their representatives in Harrisburg.


Program Call

Join us for our Bi-Weekly program call today (Wednesday, May 17th at 3PM ET/12PM PT). We will provide an update from the field on the Automatic Voter Registration efforts in Illinois and other state campaigns. RSVP to eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org.

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