• 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.

  • Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe addresses the League of Women Voters of Virginia

    A record number of advocates joined forces in Richmond yesterday to attend the League of Women Voters of Virginia’s annual kick-off to the 2014 legislative session. Coming together for a full day of discussions inside the state capitol, dozens of diverse leaders representing the League’s organizational partners stepped up to the podium to lay out their priorities for coming year.

  • When the People Draw the Lines, the League of Women Voters of California

    Editorial Note: This blog post was written with the assistance of Chris Carson, Redistricting Program Director, the League of Women Voters of California

  • North Carolina Challenge Goes to Court; Affected Hundreds of Voters in 2012

    June 12 Media Call to Provide Exclusive Analysis of Inaugural CA Redistricting Commission

    Washington, DC—The League of Women Voters is offering opportunities for media to learn more about key redistricting advancements in North Carolina and California and discuss the implications both will have on future elections.

    North Carolina Redistricting Suit in Court This Week

    With a key redistricting legal challenge being argued in  Raleigh this week, League of Women Voters of North Carolina (LWVNC) and co-plaintiffs have offered clear evidence that the state’s 2011 redistricting plan directly contributed to voter confusion and unconstitutionally segregated voters by race on Election Day 2012. Post-election analysis conducted by the nonpartisan Southern Coalition for Social Justice shows that the 2011 redistricting plan placed one in four North Carolina voters into “split precincts”, leading to widespread confusion and hundreds of voters assigned to the wrong districts receiving the wrong ballots on Election Day 2012. Those living in minority communities were particularly hard-hit. The plaintiffs are asking the Court to instruct the state legislature to develop a more representative plan. 

    “The League has said from day one that this hyper-partisan redistricting map was intentionally designed to maximize partisan control at the expense of voters’ needs and limit the influence of minority voters,” said LWVNC president Jo Nicholas. “This redistricting plan was intended to cause harm to voters, and it did.”

    Contact Kelly Ceballos (kceballos@lwv.org) for further information about the North Carolina trial.

    June 12 Media Teleconference: New Report Examines Outcomes of California Citizens Redistricting Commission and Identifies Future Recommendations

    Join researchers, redistricting commissioners and civic leaders as they share a new League of Women Voters and James Irvine Foundation report that examines the first-ever California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC), shares new public opinion data and provides recommendations for future commissions.

    What: Media Briefing Teleconference
    When: Wednesday, June 12 at 10:30 AM PDT (1:30 EDT)
    RSVP to edit@fcpcommunications.com 
    Number: (800) 230-1093
    (Ask for League of Women Voters of California Teleconference)
    Host: Chris Carson, League of Women Voters of California      
    Researcher:     Dr. Raphael Sonenshein,
    Executive Director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs, California State University, Los Angeles
    Special Guest(s):

    Catherine Hazelton,
    Senior Program Officer of the California Democracy Program, The James Irvine Foundation

    Michelle DiGuilio,
    Member, California Citizens Redistricting Commission

    Stanley Forbes, Member, California Citizens Redistricting Commission

  • Next week, a Raleigh court will hear evidence detailing how North Carolina's flawed 2011 redistricting plan was intentionally designed to harm hundreds of voters, especially those living in minority communities.

  • President Elisabeth MacNamara speaking about the election in North Carolina

    I’m hitting four states in the next two weeks, and I started this swing close to home in North Carolina. Then I visit Florida, Wisconsin, and Minnesota before a quick respite and then I head out again. Since my travels are now in full swing, I recently shared some of my overarching insights over on my Huffington Post blog.

  • Elisabeth MacNamara speaks with Ohio Secretary of State

    Last week, I started my Election season travels with a trip to Ohio! After getting to Columbus late Wednesday night, my first full day in Ohio got off to a great start with a radio interview on Ohio public radio on the challenges voters will face during this election because of all the attempts by Ohio politicians to manipulate election laws for their own gain.

  • It’s a fact – we are truly in the breakneck pace of the election cycle. Governor Mitt Romney has selected his running mate; President Obama and Governor Romney have accepted their party’s nomination at the national conventions; and the first debate is less than a month away. In a time when politicians always seem to be campaigning, the light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to burn a little brighter.