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When I first came to the League of Women Voters over three years ago, I was excited to begin working for an organization full of passionate individuals who help everyone participate in our democracy.
I had no idea that I would find exactly that and so much more.
During my time with the League, I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with volunteers from all 50 states and work closely with League members from hundreds of local Leagues. While our volunteers have so many different personalities, interests, and backgrounds, they all share a common vision of making a positive impact on our democracy and within our communities. Everything League members do is with this simple goal in mind.
Now that it is National Volunteer Week, I can’t help but look back at all the amazing things our League volunteers have done. I love hearing the success stories and feeling empowered by being just a small part of this great organization.
In 2012, League volunteers in Minnesota led the way to defeat what could have been a disastrous Constitutional Amendment that would have codified voter suppression in the state’s constitution. In Orange County, FL alone, League volunteers registered 1,000 new voters in the brief months leading up to the 2012 election, even after they were locked out of doing so for months by suppressive state restrictions. New Jersey volunteers stepped up and made sure citizens could still cast a vote after Hurricane Sandy hit.
I’m excited to hear what League volunteers do in 2013, especially considering that two seminal pieces of voting rights legislation, the Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act, are at risk and before the Supreme Court. Regardless of the decisions, League volunteers will be ready to serve, able and willing to educate their fellow community members on the issues that matter most in their communities.