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. 

  • If given the task, would you be able to redistrict Arizona to create at least 10 out of 30 competitive legislative districts, while protecting the voting rights of Arizona citizens?

  • The Public Advocacy for Voter Protection project is gearing up for round two of voter photo ID legislation that could become law in several states by the end of the year. Legislation is moving in PA, OH, MN and MI.

  • On Monday, April 11, 2011, the LWV of Greater Lafayette (LWVGL), Indiana, hosted the final public hearing presented by the Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC).

  • Tennessee is one of seven states that recently passed new voter photo ID laws requiring voters to obtain a state issued photo ID as a prerequisite to voting.

  • A new study recently released by the Brennan Center for Justice found that up to five million people could be negatively affected by the various new voter suppression laws that were passed in states across the country in 2011.

  • Thank you Mr. Conyers and member of the committee for holding this discussion which will help focus our nation’s attention on voter suppression legislation that is sweeping this country. The right to vote and have your vote counted is the very foundation of our democracy and today it is under attack.

  • Americans for Campaign Reform - Campaign Legal Center- Common Cause - CREW - Democracy 21 - League of Women Voters - Public Citizen - U.S. PIRG

    November 3, 2011

    The President
    The White House
    Washington, D.C. 20500

    Dear Mr. President:

    Our organizations are writing to you once again to express our grave concerns about the extraordinary failure of the Federal Election Commission to properly enforce and interpret the nation's campaign finance laws, and about your inaction to address this very damaging situation.

  • Statement by Lloyd Leonard, Director of Advocacy for the League of Women Voters of the United States.

    The League of Women Voters has been working for fair and open elections for many decades. We have supported campaign finance reforms at the national level and in the states in order to protect our democracy from corruption and to ensure that the voices of regular voters can be heard.

  • The League sent a letter to Senators urging them to oppose the termination of the Election Assistance Commission, the only federal agency that devotes its full resources to improving American elections.

    November 2, 2011

    TO: Members of the U.S. Senate

    FROM: Elisabeth MacNamara, President

    RE: Oppose Termination of the Election Assistance Commission

  • In 1920, a major effort to register newly enfranchised voters and educate them in the political process was prominent on the agenda of the just formed League of Women Voters. A few years later, state Leagues were challenged to increase voter turnout by 25 percent, leading the Alabama League to note: “…it is a very difficult matter to qualify for the vote in Alabama…”