Action on voting rights in 2016 looks very similar to last year. On the whole, states are passing less restrictive election laws, and even better, more and more states are reforming their election process to help voters.
Our 2016 Youth Voter Registration Program has registered over 4,000 young voters so far! Early data from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement show that young people are voting in primaries at levels we have not seen for some time.
This year, League volunteers will be out in force in over 25 communities across 15 states as part of our Youth Voter Registration program, with the goal of holding voter registration events in more than 200 high schools and community/vocational schools.
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a big blow to voters in Wisconsin by refusing to hear a challenge to the state’s voter photo ID law. The Court’s denial puts at risk the voting rights of over 300,000 eligible voters.
Two months into the 2015 State Legislative sessions and we have seen a groundswell of assaults on voters in many states. League of Women Voters activists have been working around the clock to fight back against these threats as well as to advance opportunities for voters.