Editorial Note: This piece was first published on my Huffington Post blog late last night.
Ninety-two years ago this week, after a seventy-two year struggle, the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote became law. The League of Women Voters was founded just six months prior to this huge advancement, and began as a "mighty political experiment" designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters. From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose volunteer leaders believed that ordinary citizens should play a critical role in shaping America' future, including by using their new power to participate in developing public policy and to advocate for policy solutions.
To that end, we've worked tirelessly over the past nine decades to educate and mobilize new voters, and we remain fiercely committed to that mission. That's why today, on Women's Equality Day, we're proud to share our new and improved VOTE411.org website!
VOTE411.org provides voters with a personalized voting guide that contains up-to-date information needed to cast a ballot. This includes information on where to vote, and important deadlines to remember.
We already know that the November election may be the most important election of our lifetime. It really isn't about the day-to-day battles between candidates; it's about voters, like you. Our recent Take Control video demonstrates what can happen when you leave the fate of this election and our country's future up to others. Know this - the election in November will impact you and the people in your life. It's about your job, your health, your community, your future. Voting is our chance to stand up for what we believe in, so don't skip out.
At the League we're committed to providing voters with the information they need about the election process, which is why in 2006 we launched VOTE411.org. Since then, it has provided millions of voters with information, including absentee and early voting options, registration deadlines, ID requirements, the candidates' vision for America's future, and other important updates regarding any changes you can expect to see at the polls this year.
These days, it really seems like we're in a non-stop election cycle; we've been talking about the 2012 presidential campaign since the day after the 2008 election. But when we go to the polls in November there's a lot more than just residency in the Oval Office on the line - it's about jobs, the environment, health care and educating our future voters. Voting is an important way to have an impact on these critical issues and the policies that will be debated in the coming years.
For over 90 years, the League of Women Voters has fought to educate and engage Americans on the issues impacting their communities. The League strives to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans. We believe that people form the basis of a strong democracy, and we remain committed to making democracy work for all citizens.
Rooted in the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the League of Women Voters has always been committed to educating and turning out voters, and we're not stopping now. Make sure to join with your neighbors in voting on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Find everything you need to know at VOTE411.org.