In the past month, four states have taken a step to improve access to the polls. Voters in Pennsylvania and Nebraska can now register to vote online, while Iowa and Kentucky will have online voter registration systems by early 2016.
Innovation and inclusion were common themes of the three wonderful state League conventions that I attended this year. In each state, the conversations were about the League’s celebrated past as prelude to the future of Making Democracy Work® for all Americans.
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.
Leagues across the country have been helping to build public support for restoring the effectiveness of the Voting Rights Act by submitting this template letter to the editor to local or state newspapers. Below is the growing list of Leagues that have already published the letter in their communities.
This summer, the Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) program is providing training to local and state League leaders from nine states that are entering the program for the first time ever. After a wonderful financial out-pouring of support for the MLD program at the LWVUS Convention in June 2012, Cheryl, Carol, Kelly, and I (the League trainers for the MLD program) have been met with enthusiasm for the program and for the future of the League.
As part of the LWVUS team that is going out this summer to train Leagues through the, Membership and Leadership Development program, which is designed to help strengthen the League as we power the vote, I am so inspired by the League leaders we're meeting who are passionate about protecting the right to vote and active in mobilizing citizens to take back the helm of our democracy.