The League of Women Voters of the Austin Area is an all-volunteer nonpartisan organization that works to engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives. We study issues and work to influence public policy through education and advocacy. We may take action on policies in the public interest. We do not support or oppose any political party or candidates.
Working Groups of the Austin League
Education: Meets regularly to discuss civic engagement efforts to ensure Austin area students have every opportunity to receive a high quality education in Austin public schools. Click here to read more.
Health Care: Leaguers are interviewing local health care experts to learn about innovations and concerns about health care delivery in Austin. The group will update the Austin League’s position statements once this study is complete. Click here to read more.
Voters Service: Holds voter registration events and public forums to educate voters, candidates and officeholders about political issues that affect everyone in Austin. Click here to read more.
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 some 744,000 Texas voters.
- Check your name on your driver’s license and 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.
Want to help? Become a Deputy Voter Registrar. This requires about an hour of training, which is offered by the Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office. Click here for more information.
Community Conversations on Education
We are convening a wide variety of residents to come together to share and learn how our community could be more effective in conveying and delivering the needs of its students. Our next conversation is scheduled for October 19th. Here are the reports from past conversations:
For upcoming LWV Austin meeting places and times, check our monthly calendar