• Celebrating Our Mothers and Powering the Vote!

    This Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day to reflect upon the important role that mothers play in our lives and the values that they teach us. This Mother’s Day, the League of Women Voters is celebrating the crucial ways in which women and mothers help empower millions to participate in our democracy.

  • VOTE411.org Bus Ad in Portland, OR

    When I first heard this week is National Volunteer Week I immediately thought of all the fantastic volunteers I work with on a daily basis. All year long, I work with League volunteers around the country, supporting their efforts to reach and help inform voters through our national voter information site, VOTE411.org.

  • High School Students Visiting Washington, DC

    This morning I was thrilled to visit with over 100 students visiting Washington, D.C. through the Close Up Foundation, which brings thousands of high school students from around the country to our nation’s capital each year to inform, inspire, and empower them to exercise their rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy. Each student group spends a week touring the U.S.

  • Members of the League of Women Voters of Oakland march in a suffrage parade reenactment

    EDITORIAL NOTE: This guest blog post was written by Katherine Gavzy, president of the League of Women Voters of Oakland.

  • Eleanor Roosevelt, League of Women Voters

    This post is part of “Celebrating Women: Past, Present & Future,” the League’s series honoring Women’s History Month.

  • Understanding Elections: Primaries 101

    Every year, millions of voters across the country head to the ballot box to vote in primary elections. Primaries, a key part of our voting system, are held for most public offices when there are multiple candidates, usually from the same party, seeking office. Primaries offer a crucial opportunity for voters to take control and weigh in on the issues that matter to them most.

  • Members of the League of Voters, Wheaton IL at the Iowa Caucus

    EDITORIAL NOTE: This blog was written by our intern, Kelsey Greenagel

    I am currently a college sophomore interning at the League of Women Voters’ national office in Washington, D.C. Many people in the office were surprised to learn that this is not my first time working with the League.

  • TAKE ACTION: Stop Dark Money and Protect the League

    UPDATE: Please note that the action period for these comments is now closed.

  • LEAGUE CALLS ON IRS TO STOP “DARK MONEY”

    Protection for Truly Nonpartisan Voter Service Essential

    Washington, DC – Today, the League of Women Voters of the United States submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for 501(c)(4) organizations. League President Elisabeth MacNamara urged the IRS to “keep pushing to stop the secret ‘dark money’ that has been polluting our elections since Citizens United, while at the same time protecting truly nonpartisan work to provide the public with unbiased voter information.”

    “The League is commenting on the proposed new IRS rule for two critical reasons,” said MacNamara. “The health of our democracy demands that we rein in the secret ‘dark money’ election spending unleashed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. The IRS proposal is a step in the right direction,” she said. “At the same time, any new regulations must continue to allow truly nonpartisan voter service activities by groups like the League,” according to MacNamara.

    “Since Citizens United, our nation has seen a huge explosion in the sums of money being raised and spent by 501(c)(4) organizations – social welfare organizations – to elect or defeat candidates for public office,” said MacNamara. “This practice is not only contrary to the law regulating how much political activity is allowed by these organizations, but it is done in the dark. The money is not disclosed to the public, which leaves voters unable to judge the credibility and motivation of the advertising and campaigning by these groups.”

    “Reforming IRS regulations is our best opportunity to stem the tide of secret cash,” MacNamara said. “The IRS can halt the abuse in its tracks by stopping 501(c)(4) organizations from spending on ‘candidate-related political activity.’ The League urges the IRS to move as soon as possible with a rigorous and clear definition of ‘candidate-related political activity’ which would be barred for (c)(4) organizations,” she said.

    “However, the new IRS proposal is too broad, because it would undermine truly nonpartisan voter service activities like those carried out by the League,” MacNamara said. “We urge the IRS to use the standards currently applied to (c)(3) organizations governing nonpartisan election activities and apply them to (c)(4) organizations as well,” she said.

    “With nearly 800 local and 50 state Leagues, we conduct truly nonpartisan debates, publish unbiased voter guides, register voters of all political persuasions, and work actively in communities across the nation to encourage all citizens to vote,” MacNamara said. “In fact, in many communities, the Leagues’ voter information is the only truly nonpartisan information available to the public. Unbiased and nonpartisan voter service activities deliver tremendous value to voters, potential voters and our democracy. Thus we believe that truly nonpartisan voter service and voter education activities by a 501(c)(4) organization must be clearly and explicitly allowed,” she said.

    “The League commends the IRS for addressing the dark money issue. They must fix that problem while protecting truly nonpartisan voter service and voter education activities. Though the IRS has been attacked from both sides of the political spectrum, we urge the IRS to do what is right,” MacNamara concluded.

    Contact: Kelly Ceballos, 202-263-1331, kceballos@lwv.org

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  • The League of Women Voters of the United States joined with the League of Women Voters of Kansas and the League of Women Voters of Arizona to file comments with the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) regarding the requests made by the Secretaries of State of Kansas and Arizona to modify the national mail-in voter registration form to include requirements that applicants supply documentary proof of citizenship.

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