The League of Women Voters, founded a century ago to register 20 million Americans just enfranchised with ratification of the 19th Amendment, is now one of the best-known champions of democracy reforms including expanding voting rights, ending partisan gerrymandering, curbing money in politics and promoting civic engagement. It also advocates on such hot-button domestic issues as health care, the environment and immigration. Since last year, Alma Couverthie has led the league's grassroots advocacy work. Before that she was a field operative for the immigration reform group Community Change and spent two decades as an immigrants' rights and labor organizer. Her responses have been lightly edited for length and clarity.
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Expecting you'll need a ride to your polling place this year? Calling a Lyft could be your best bet.
The ride-sharing company is offering free and discounted drives to polling stations across the country throughout the primary season and on Election Day nine months from now. The offer starts Monday in Iowa, when thousands of Democrats are required to venture out on a winter's night to participate in the first presidential caucuses.
The company is partnering with five national nonprofits to provide rides: the League of Women Voters, National Federation of the Blind, Student Veterans of America, National Urban League and Voto Latino Foundation. Those groups will distribute the discounted rides to people in their networks they identify as being most in need.
Arizona has agreed to improve its voter registration services as part of a lawsuit settlement reached with voting rights groups.
The arrangement, announced Monday, could boost turnout in one of the nation's fastest growing and politically competitive states, where this fall both parties will be hotly contesting not only nine electoral votes in the presidential race but also a Senate seat and at least three House races.
The pitched battle over the voter list in one of the nation's most important 2020 battlegrounds is only growing more intense.
A group of conservative voters on Thursday asked a judge to hold the Wisconsin Elections Commission in contempt of court and fine the panel $12,000 every day until it removes 209,000 names from registration rosters. Democrats are fighting to keep those people on the rolls.
The fight is particularly important for two reasons. The size of the potential purge is nine times bigger than Donald Trump's margin of victory in the state (23,000 votes) four years ago. And the effort to cull the lists represents one of the right's most aggressive legal challenges to voting rights ahead of this year's presidential election.