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EDITORIAL NOTE: This blog post was originally posted on President Elisabeth MacNamara's Huffington Post blog.
Ninety-four years ago on February 14, 1920, pioneering suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters to help ensure that all Americans were given equal access to the ballot box. Within just a few months, Congress would ratify the 19th Amendment, at last granting American women the vote after decades of advocacy.
But the League's work was not yet done - and it's still not done today. Chapman Catt founded the League upon the belief that "everybody counts" in our nation's democracy. That's why the League refuses to remain silent as voters across the country - women and men, young and old, rich and poor alike - are experiencing grave barriers to the vote.
Join the League in telling Congress that everybody counts and to protect all voters' right to the ballot box.
Today's barriers to the ballot might look different than they did when the League was founded 94 years ago, but they remain threats to our democracy all the same. Present-day voter suppression measures were bolstered last summer when the U.S. Supreme Court in Shelby v. Holder gutted a key provision of the pivotal Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965.
Continue reading at the Huffington Post.