Forty-three years ago today on July 1, 1971, Congress ratified the 26th Amendment to the Constitution. The legislation was a victory for our democracy. In lowering the federal voting age from 21 to 18, the 26th amendment drastically expanded our electorate and increased access to the ballot box.
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.
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.
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.
2013 may not have been a federal election year, but it was still an important year for voting and elections, which means that League volunteers, members, staff and supporters worked tirelessly once again Making Democracy Work®.
Since 2006, VOTE411 is your one-stop-shop for election information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the election process and candidates.