EDITORIAL NOTE: This article was originally published on President MacNamara's Huffington Post blog.
To say we've been busy this past year would be an understatement. The League of Women Voters' mission - Making Democracy Work® - means that we advocate for a democracy in which every citizen has a say and every vote is counted. In 2014, this has meant providing voter education information to millions of voters, fighting voter discrimination measures across the country and pushing back against the flood of money into our political system.
This year, we pushed our leaders to pass legislation to protect equal access to the ballot box and stop attacks voting rights at both the federal and state levels. Thus far, Congress has stalled out on moving the Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA) forward, but our supporters have made their opinion clear sending over 50,000 letters to Congress in support of the legislation. Despite this advocacy, we saw voter discrimination strengthen its foothold in 2014. State legislators across the country introduced 2,210 bills relating to voting rights - many of which would make access to the polls more difficult for millions of voters. These anti-voter measures included onerous voter photo ID laws, reducing or eliminating early voting, and ending same-day voter registration.