Monthly Archives: August 2021

HR. 1694 is Landmark Voting Legislation

Native American voters face unique challenges to their right to vote. The LWV website details some of these challenges, e.g., geographic isolation, non-traditional mailing addresses, lack of residential mail delivery, etc. In 2020 the LWVUS filed an amicus brief to … Continue reading

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2020 Census: Native population increased by 86.5%

A short article with interesting stats, e.g., Hispanic/Latino population was counted in 1930 but not again until 1970! https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/2020-census-native-population-increased-by-86-5-percent

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How WY Funds Public Schools

The average WY property owner pays 2 cents toward each student in our public schools. 70% of the school funding comes from property taxes and minerals revenue. While there is some difference in student costs between large and medium-sized districts, … Continue reading

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Alaska’s ranked-choice system could boost indigenous voting

Ranked-choice voting has been used for decades in Australia and Ireland. It will debut in Alaska in 2022. There will no longer be a partisan primary.   https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/alaskas-ranked-choice-system-could-boost-indigenous-voting

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Redistricting process begins in Wyoming

The legislators plan a public portal where comments and even alternative maps may be submitted! The committee will meet next on Sep. 2 and 3 in Sheridan. https://www.kpvi.com/news/national_news/wyoming-lawmakers-begin-process-of-redistricting/article_ca8e7871-07e3-574e-bfae-f48f4c9b771e.html?utm_source=Cowboy+State+Daily&utm_campaign=3458c5480c

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‘No expiration date on equality’: House passes bill to remove women’s rights ERA deadline

One of every three women faces domestic abuse. The US House voted to remove the deadline for ratification on the ERA Amendment and reauthorize the Violence against Women Act — 244 vs 172 — that expired in 2019.

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State Board Meets Tonight at 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

The third Monday of the month is the board’s new meeting date.  Agenda and material are available on the members’ side of the website.  Let’s us know if you’d like to attend this Zoom meeting by commenting here.

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9 new citizens naturalized Aug 6 in Moose, WY.

They represent 9 different living in 5 different WY communities. https://buckrail.com/nine-new-u-s-citizens-naturalized-at-gtnp-ceremony/?mc_cid=0971f0ab96&mc_eid=c605f8ad59

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Back to the future: Could Wyo revive multi-member districts?

Herein Drake reviews gender benefits of multi-candidate legislative districts. Will WY return to using them?  Interim discussions have been rescheduled to August 16 to show respect for the Mike Enzi memorial on  August 6.   https://www.wyofile.com/back-to-the-future-could-wyo-revive-multi-member-districts/?emci=8f567841-f7e3-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&emdi=9111a457-0df2-eb11-b563-501ac57b8fa7&ceid=9935383

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