• Our President, Elisabeth MacNamara, returned to Politics Nation with Al Sharpton as a guest on Monday evening. She was joined by the Supervisor of Elections of Leon County, FL. They spoke about voter suppression and the efforts to purge the voter rolls in Florida.

  • Last night, the faux-news show The Daily Show took on Florida’s new voter registration law. Among those interviewed by correspondent, John Oliver, was Deirdre McNab, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida. In the segment, Oliver investigates exactly what kind of trouble a voter registration form could get into if it isn’t turned into the State within the new 48-hour requirement.

  • Today, we wrapped up our 50th biennial national convention in Washington, DC - a great gathering of League members from around the country! We got a lot done and heard from some wonderful speakers including DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton; Annenberg Public Policy Center's Kathleen Hall Jamieson; U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; Trevor Potter, president, Campaign Legal Center; Former Representative Mickey Edwards (R-OK); political reporter Eleanor Clift; and pollster John Zogby.

  • U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Campaign Finance Experts, John Zogby Address Delegates

    WASHINGTON, DC (June 12, 2012)– The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) held its 50th biennial national convention this week in Washington, DC.  The four-day gathering gave League members from around the country the opportunity to celebrate the organization’s accomplishments on campaign finance reform, the environment and election reform, and to discuss important public policy issues.

    In her acceptance speech, the League’s reelected president Elisabeth MacNamara challenged delegates: “The League is not an end in itself. We are a training ground for democracy. That is what we have always been and that is what we will always be, working together to learn new ways to spread the word and encourage new generations to learn and engage.”

    MacNamara thanked members for entrusting her with the leadership of this 92-year-old organization. “We are all in League together to make our community a better place; we are all in League to make our democracy safe by making it available to all; and we are all in League together in our faith in knowledge as power and education as the only way to make gains that will last.”

    Throughout the gathering, delegates rallied around the League’s 2012 Power the Vote initiative for their elections work this year, and set the LWVUS program agenda for the next two years, vowing to continue our fight for voting rights, campaign finance reform and clean air, and voting to study agriculture. DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Annenberg Public Policy Center's Kathleen Hall Jamieson were just a few of the high profile speakers that addressed the gathering.

    “The League is fighting hard to overcome the impact of the Citizens United decision on money in elections and on the floor of convention, League delegates voted to condemn this tragic Supreme Court decision,” said MacNamara.  “Now we must continue our important work to bring sunshine and disclosure to the flood of money in elections by passing the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 and continuing to examine a full range of additional steps.”

    Convention speakers, including U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Trevor Potter, President of the Campaign Legal Center, Former Congressman Mickey Edwards (R-OK) and Political Reporter Eleanor Clift, urged the League to look closely at the steps needed to fix the broken campaign finance system and to press forward using our community-based power on behalf of all voters and for elections that are determined by the voters. 

    Said Attorney General Holder, “I urge you – regardless of the opposition you face – to stay true, and remain fiercely committed, to the principles that have always guided the League of Women Voters and that can ensure that the 21st will be another ‘American century.’"

    CONTACT: Kelly Ceballos, 202-263-1331

  • League is “Fiercely Committed” to Nation’s Voters, says Holder

    Washington, DC (June 11, 2012) – Today, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to the League of Women Voters national convention in Washington, DC.  His address praised the League for being “fiercely committed” to voting rights and working for decades to protect, engage and educate voters. 

    Attorney General Holder also announced three critical areas where the nation’s public support is necessary to help protect voters and reform the election process:  fighting deceptive election practices and dishonest efforts to prevent certain voters from casting their ballots, supporting neutrality in redistricting, and modernizing voter registration systems.

    In commenting on the remarks, national League president Elisabeth MacNamara said, “The Attorney General’s dedication to fully enforcing the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), as well as the Voting Rights Act (VRA), is just what we need right now.”  “There are places where we need to stop states from taking steps that are illegally purging voters from the voter registration rolls or creating unnecessary barriers to registering and voting,” she said.

    In closing his remarks, Attorney General Holder urged League members to carry on their important mission:

    “In advancing these efforts, the people in this room are part of an extraordinary legacy.  The arc of American history has always bent toward the expansion of the franchise.  This organization has served as a key component for this most noble – and uniquely American – endeavor.  But never forget – your vital work is not just historically relevant.  You are also a vital, contemporary part of what makes our nation truly exceptional.  I urge you – regardless of the opposition you face – to stay true, and remain fiercely committed, to the principles that have always guided the League of Women Voters and that can ensure that the 21st will be another ‘American century.’"

    Contact: Kelly Ceballos, 202-263-1331

     

  • As I wrote earlier this week, I was in Wisconsin on Tuesday to observe the recall election. It was a long day, but very exciting to bear witness to democracy at work.

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