• 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.

  • Online Voter Registration: Improving Access to Voting

    EDITORIAL NOTE: This blog post was originally posted on President Elisabeth MacNamara's Huffington Post blog.

  •  COMMISSION RECOMMENDS ELECTION CHANGES AT CONGRESSIONAL HEARING

    "Lots of work to do,” Says League

    Washington, D.C. – This morning, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA) will present their report to a Senate Rules and Administration Committee hearing entitled, “Bipartisan Support for Improving U.S. Elections: An Overview from the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.” In September 2013, the League submitted testimony to PCEA that urged the Commission to consider a five-point reform agenda as part of its recommendations.

    “This is a solid and comprehensive report with many recommendations for action that will improve how elections are run in America,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. “League members around the country can use key parts of the PCEA report in their ongoing efforts to improve the voting process and protect voters.”

    “The Commission’s benchmark that no voter waits longer than 30 minutes to vote sets an important goal for every polling place in the country,” MacNamara added. “The PCEA toolkit on polling place management should help elections officials allocate and distribute resources within communities to fix the very long wait times many voters faced in 2012.”

    “The Commission’s call for online voter registration is also a positive step, but the accessibility of these systems continues to be a major concern,” noted MacNamara. “A shortcoming of PCEA’s report is the failure to recognize that most of the systems adopted in the states leave out a significant and important part of the population – citizens who don’t have a driver’s license or non-driver’s ID. This limitation is unnecessary and will substantially reduce the effectiveness of online registration. For example, young people are much less likely than the general population to have a driver’s license – and young people are also much less likely to be registered to vote. We are concerned about the discriminatory effect,” added MacNamara.

    “The Commission’s recommendation urging Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to transmit voter information electronically to elections officials is a good one but the League believes this should be extended to all social service agencies that register voters as well,” MacNamara said. “Such expansion would enable officials to eliminate costly and time consuming steps in election administration, reduce errors, and increase the ease and convenience of the elections process for both their workers and for voters.”

    “Additionally, the report’s discussion of the need to professionalize the election workforce is long overdue,” said MacNamara. “Both this recommendation and PCEA’s call to take politics out of the administration of America’s elections should be given serious consideration and attention.”

    “There’s lots of work to do to fix our election systems, and the Commission report is an important boost to those efforts,” concluded MacNamara.

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

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  • Voter Registration materials

    I’ve been a proud League of Women Voters staffer and a local volunteer since 2006. In my work I’ve had the opportunity to work with hundreds of inspiring League volunteers and seen large-scale voter empowerment efforts come to life. But as far as work weeks go, though, last week’s is one for the books.

  • 2014 Could be Watershed Year for Youth Voting Participation

    This blog post was co-written with Da’Quan Love, NAACP National Board of Directors

  • League volunteers at a voter registration drive

    The League of Women Voters’ fourth consecutive Youth Voter Registration Program kicked off this week in nearly 40 communities nationwide. Over the next several months, local League volunteer teams in 15 states will visit local high schools, community colleges and technical/vocational schools in order to help young people get registered and ready to vote in 2014.

  • Why It's Vital to Vote This Election Day!

    EDITORIAL NOTE: This blog post was originally published on the Huffington Post.

  • LWV Cuyahoga Area Volunteers Registering Cleveland HS Students

    EDITORIAL NOTE: This guest blog post was written by Lynda Mayer and Maryann Barnes, Co-Presidents, League of Women Voters of Cuyahoga Area (OH).

  • Maggie working a local voter registration drive in Arlington, VA
  • MEDIA ADVISORY

    SEPTEMBER 20, 2013   

    Celebrate National Voter Registration Day in Bryant Park (9/24)

    America Ferrera, actor, activist, and Voto Latino representative, League of Women Voters, CUNY, JASA, NALEO, NYC Board of Elections, New York Organ Donor Network, Rock the Vote, and Voto Latino host major voter registration event

     
    WHAT: National Voter Registration Day Registration Drive

    On September 24, 2013, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) with a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day 2013. Several groups will come together for a major voter registration event in Bryant Park from 11am-3pm to offer voter registration and provide information about the voting process as well as a raffle off a variety of prizes.  vote-themed giveaways and raffles 

    WHERE: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace, New York, New York

    WHEN: September 24, 2013 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM

    Reporters and media should arrive no later than 12:45 to set up for 1:00 PM rally, photo ops and expert interview opportunities.

    WHO: 

    • America Ferrera, actor, activist, and Voto Latino representative
    • Elisabeth MacNamara, National President, League of Women Voters
    • Jay Hershenson, Senior Vice Chancellor of CUNY
    • Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the NYC Board of Elections

    Sponsors of this event include the League of Women Voters of the city of New York, City University of New York (CUNY), Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA), National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, New York City Board of Elections, New York Organ Donor Network, Rock the Vote, and Voto Latino. 

    WHY: With fewer than one in five eligible New Yorkers casting a ballot in the last Mayoral election, this year’s National Voter Registration Day event in Bryant Park is intended to maximize voter turnout in the 2013 city-wide election, and to emphasize the importance of maintaining a healthy democracy by exercising the right to vote in every election. This year millions of Americans will vote in important elections this November. Nationwide, more than 5,000 races and ballot initiatives will be decided this year. These races are about jobs, economic security, the environment, health care and our communities. National Voter Registration Day is the perfect time to register for the first time, update your voter registration if you have moved, or ask your friends and family to make sure they’re registered.

    CONTACT: Ashton Stewart, NYC League of Women Voters, ashton@lwvnyc.org and by phone 212-725-3541.

    Your vote is your voice! Join us on September 24th to make sure every New Yorker’s voice is heard this November!

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    The League of Women Voters of the City of New York is a nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to promote informed and active participation in government.  It neither supports nor opposes candidates or political parties.

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