League of Women Voters of the United States Responds to Comments by Rep. Scalise

Statement from Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters

Washington, D.C. "For nearly 95 years, the League of Women Voters has fought to educate and engage Americans on the issues impacting their communities. Rooted in the suffrage movement, the League has always been committed to educating and turning out voters.

"In order to expand participation and give voice to all Americans, our nearly 800 state and local Leagues register voters at every opportunity, including in high schools, at community colleges, bus stops and baseball games, as well as at naturalization ceremonies. In addition to registering new voters, we work to educate voters on important issues in their communities, in part by hosting candidate debates and issue forums as well as publishing voters’ guides in advance of elections.

"Representative Steve Scalise’s recent comments regarding the League of Women Voters were misinformed. We are committed to working for all voters regardless of their party affiliation. We believe voters are the basis of our strong democracy, and we’re committed to making our government work for all citizens. We will continue to fight for inclusion and tolerance and are committed to Making Democracy Work®."

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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.