Welcome to the homepage of the Voting Rights & Political Engagement Committee, chaired by Branch Assistant Secretary Taelor Norwood. We share the view of the ACLU of Pennsylvania that "nothing is more fundamental to our democracy than the right to vote," and like the ACLU-PA, we are "committed to ensuring that all citizens are able to cast their votes and have them accurately counted." See the "Voting Rights" webpage of the ACLU-PA, at https://www.aclupa.org/en/issues/voting-rights
We divide our focus into three broad areas: Federal, State, and Local. Let's start with Local.
LOCAL VOTING RIGHTS & VOTER REGISTRATION. The first place to go for information on elections in Lebanon County, including voter registration, is the Lebanon County Voter Registration Office webpage, at http://www.lebcounty.org/depts/Voter_Registration/Pages/default.aspx, phone no. (717) 228-4428, email Voter@lebcnty.org The new Chief Clerk of Elections/Voter Registration in Lebanon County is Sean Drasher of Palmyra, hired on 13 Dec. 2021 to fill the vacancy left by Michael Anderson's departure.
STATEWIDE VOTING RIGHTS LEGISLATION. Among the most important statewide organizations protecting citizens' right to vote is the Election Protection Coalition. As described on the ACLU-PA's Voting Rights webpage, the "nonpartisan voter protection Election Protection Coalition works to ensure that every eligible voter in Pennsylvania is able to cast a ballot that gets counted. The PA Election Protection Coalition is coordinated by the ACLU of Pennsylvania, Common Cause Pennsylvania, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Voice."
We in the Lebanon County NAACP are also abidingly concerned about ensuring the fundamental right to vote, which is why we pay close attention to the ACLU-PA website's ongoing efforts to track the attempts to suppress the vote in PA by members of the State Assembly.