Protecting Voters

The League is dedicated to ensuring that all eligible voters – particularly those from traditionally underrepresented or underserved communities, including first-time voters, non-college youth, new citizens, minorities, the elderly and low-income Americans – have the opportunity and the information to exercise their right to vote. 

  • The League joined letters sent to President Trump and Congress that supports the preservation of the Johnson Amendment which is a ban on political campaign intervention by 501(c)3 organizations. The League opposes recent proposals that would politicize the charitable nonprofit and philanthropic community by repealing or weakening current federal tax law protections that prohibit 501(c)(3) organizations from endorsing, opposing, or contributing to political candidates.

  • The League sent a memo to members of the U.S. House opposing HR 634, the Election Assistance Commission Termination Act.

  • The League joined an amicus in Maslenjak v. United States. The case will be argued at the U.S. Supreme Court on April 26, 2017. The brief argues that the Sixth Circuit’s holding—that any knowing false statement or omission can be grounds for denaturalization and criminal prosecution—would have dire consequences for naturalized citizens, significantly discourage lawful immigrants from seeking citizenship, and undermine a cornerstone of American society and values. 

  • Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson, issued the following statement in response to the announcement by the Trump administration that the federal government will drop opposition to Texas’ strict voter ID law:

    “The League of Women Voters is deeply disappointed that the Trump administration is changing policy to support voter discrimination measures. Contrary to the Trump administration, the Texas voter ID law intentionally discriminates, and discrimination in voting is wrong.”

  • On Tuesday, February 28, President Trump will deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress. 

    This speech is intended to direct the administration's priorities for the rest of the year. 

    We don't know what he will say - but we will be listening and ready to take action if the president outlines proposals related to League priorities such as voting rights, healthcare and the environment.

  • LWVUS joined LWVMD and 40 other national and local organizations supporting rescission of a resolution that calls for an Article V Constitutional Convention.

  • Abolishing the Election Assistance Commission is “Irresponsible”

     

    Washington, DC - Today the House Administration Committee voted to terminate the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the only federal agency devoted exclusively to improving election administration on a bi-partisan basis.  The EAC Termination Act was sponsored by the committee chairman, Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.).

  • The League joined a letter sent to the Committee on House Administration opposing legislation that would terminate the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and the Election Assistance Commission.

  • The League sent a memo to members of the House Administration Committee ahead of the markup of HR 634, the Election Assistance Commission Termination Act.

  • Overview: Fixing the Hole in Our Democracy

    Since 1801, the residents of the District of Columbia have had no representation in Congress, nor have they been able to govern themselves without interference from Congress. It was not until 1964 that they were allowed to vote for the President of the United States. Although the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution provided the residents with limited Home Rule, Congress still has jurisdiction over DC legislation and its budget.

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