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Redistricting in Utah
The Supreme Court of the United States is considering what could be the most important case for democracy in decades.
The League of Women Voters of Utah has just published its 2017 Study on Utah's redistricting initiative. The League is working with Better Boundaries Utah on an initiative to establish an independent redistricting commission. Read about the League's position, the study, upcoming hearings around the state, and more on redistricting here.
Many league members have received the initiative training and are gathering signatures. If you are wanting to sign the initiative, contact us at email@example.com and we will connect you with one of our members.
The League of Women Voters of Utah has written a study on Ranked Choice Voting which will be used to gather consensus. To read the study click the link. If you would like to participate in the consensus discussions, contact your local league leaders for information on scheduled meetings. Our consensus statement will be available on the website by the first of January. For further information, check out the Salt Lake webpage under Unit Meetings.
Our November newsletter, the Utah Voter, is Here!
Sandy Peck, Our Children's Champion
Celebrate with us our longtime Executive Officer Sandy Peck, who has been awarded the Rox McGee Lifetime Achievement Award.
League of Women Voters Condemns Act of Domestic Terrorism
The League has issued a strong statement after the violence in Charlottesville. Following is both the statement and our social policy.
"There is no place for hatred and violence in our democracy, and all leaders must condemn
these acts of domestic terrorism." - Chris Carson
League of Women Voters of Utah Files Lawsuit to Protect Voters
Lieutenant Governor Would Violate State Law by Sharing Voter Data with Election Commission
Salt Lake City, UT - If the lieutenant governor of Utah hands over voter data to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, he would be violating state law, the League of Women Voters of Utah and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Utah argued in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. Read more about this important issue.
Presidential Elections and the League
The League of Women Voters, with an underlying respect for the United States voter, has long studied how our democracy works. Issues such as the Direct Election of the President and the role of the Electoral College are currently of general interest. Here is more information on the League's positions.
Learn About the League
Chris Carson, LWVUS president, reflects on our past and future.
Our Summit County group tells you why the League is important.
Public Defense in Utah
Statement of Purpose: In 2016 the League became aware of two studies, one by the Sixth Amendment Center (2015) and one by the ACLU (2011) both of which found the state of Utah was deficient in fulfilling its responsibility to ensure indigent defendants receive their constitutionally-guaranteed right to counsel. This study is the result of the League's investigation into the issue. It presents information about Utah's present attempts to meet its constitutional responsibility and what still needs to be addressed.
Sexual Violence in Utah
A LWV of Utah Study
One in three Utah women will experience some type of sexual violence in their lifetime. This startling statistic from the Utah Health Department has led the League to study this issue. Read the result and learn about possible interventions. See the League Position here.
Death with Dignity
A LWV of Utah Study
Death with Dignity legislation has become of increasing public interest and concern. Currently five states have legislation allowing physician aid in dying - Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont and California. Additionally, interpretation of physician assisted dying legal standing is under review in New Mexico. It is anticipated that this issue will remain on legislative agendas not just in Utah, but many other states as well. Check out the League Position here.
Find more recent and critical studies on the League Studies page inside.
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