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    With Election 2012 in the rear-view mirror and 2014—and 2016—looming soon, the League of Women Voters recently released our comprehensive Election Improvement Agenda report, which identifies central challenges facing our complex and outdated election system and provides a targeted action plan for overcoming the fallout from recent state-based voter suppression attempts and the Supreme Court ruling gutting the Voting Rights Act.

  • League member Kathy Scruggs at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

    Last week, the League of Women Voters joined fellow civil rights groups and activists from across the country in gathering at the Lincoln Memorial for the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1963 March on Washington.

  • President Elisabeth MacNamara and Executive Director Nancy Tate

    The organizers could not have ordered better weather. The skies were clear, the sun was bright and, for late August in Washington, D.C., the temperature was mild. Like so many of us who were around for the first March in 1963, I was particularly glad to be able to attend on Saturday. The League was a sponsoring organization, so we got to sit at the bottom of the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to watch the numerous inspiring speeches from leaders past and present.

  • Historical Image of the League of Women Voters

    Ninety-three years ago today, following over seven decades of tireless advocacy, the 19th amendment became law and women gained the right to vote. Later this week another important anniversary occurs – the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which later helped spark Congressional action on the Voting Rights Act (VRA).

  • League of Women Voters Women in the Civil Rights Movement and March on Washington

    On Thursday, President Elisabeth MacNamara and staff of the League of Women Voters, including Executive Director Nancy Tate, attended the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) Black Women’s Roundtableevent, “Women Leaders of the Movement: Past, Present & Future.” The three-p

  •  league of women voters protect the voting rights act

    August 24, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. In 1963, the March on Washington was the largest mass protest in American history when 250,000 women and men of all ages and from all different backgrounds came together to express their hopes for freedom, justice and change. The March, which ultimately pushed Congress to pass the Civil Rights and Votin

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  • Statement by Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the United States:

    Washington, D.C. - "The League of Women Voters is pleased with today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that they are filing suit against the Texas voter photo ID law. Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder earlier this summer, we’ve seen an all-out attack on voting rights across the country. The League will continue to pursue all avenues to fight for voters’ rights, but we also need strong action by Congress to repair and restore the Voting Rights Act protections that have helped us prevent racial and language discrimination in our elections for decades."

    Contact: Kelly Ceballos, kceballos@lwv.org, 202-263-1331

    Read more about the League's work defending the Voting Rights Act.

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  • North Carolina Politicians Target College Students’ Right to Vote

    League of Women Voters Calls on Department of Justice and Congress to Act without Delay

    Raleigh, North Carolina - In yet another assault on voters, officials in North Carolina have announced plans to shut down early voting sites and challenge student voter residency on historically black colleges. The League of Women Voters of North Carolina urges the Department of Justice (DOJ) to do everything in their power to protect the voters of North Carolina and calls on Congress to repair and restore the Voting Rights Act (VRA). “Last week we saw the most anti-voter legislation in the country be signed into law and this week we are seeing an attack on college and university students’ voting rights. The threat to voting is real and anti-democratic forces are upon us,” said Jo Nicholas, President of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina. 

    The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the: Chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Elections plans to eliminate an early voting site at Winston-Salem State University; Watauga Board of Elections voted to close the voting site on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone; and, Pasquotank County Board of Elections officials voted to deny an Elizabeth City State University senior from running for city council, ruling that his on-campus address couldn't be used to establish residency.

    Forty-eight years ago this week President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the historic Voting Rights Act (VRA) into law. Unfortunately, earlier this summer the U.S. Supreme Court erased fundamental protections against racial discrimination in voting that have been critical in protecting our democracy. “Nowhere is the detrimental impact of this decision more evident than here in North Carolina. Politicians wasted no time in implementing new barriers for all voters and are now specifically targeting racial minorities and college students. Without the protections of the VRA, North Carolina’s politicians are free to allow our dark prejudicial past to rush into the present,” added Ms. Nicholas.

    “The League of Women Voters of North Carolina, along with our coalition partners, is doing everything in our power to protect our democracy and ensure that all citizens have access to free and fair elections. Last week we joined with our coalition partners in legal challenges to the new voter suppression law and this week we once again call on the DOJ to use all means at their disposal to see that these anti-voter laws and voting changes get swept into the dustbin of history where they belong and we call on Congress to act swiftly to restore the effectiveness of the Voting Rights Act,” concluded Ms. Nicholas.

    Contact: Jo Nicholas, lwvncpresident1@gmail.com, (910) 673-3604

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