League of Women Voters Annual Report 2008-2009

The 2008-2009 Annual Report of the League of Women Voters of the United States and its Education Fund provides a financial report on the fiscal year of July 1, 2008 -June 30, 2009.

as formulated at Pocantico Redistricting Conference July 2009

The statement below was agreed upon by attendees of the Pocantico Redistricting Conference on July 22-24, 2009. Additional organizations and individuals have signed on as well. All signatories are listed below. The essential principles are:

2007-2008 Annual Report

The 2007-2008 Annual Report of the League of Women Voters of the United States and its Education Fund provides a financial report on the fiscal year of July 1, 2007 -June 30, 2008. For the historical presidential election year, the narrative report on our activities extends through Election Day, November 4, 2008.

At every level of government—from city council to state legislature, from Congress to President of the United States—candidates participate in debates to help voters understand who they are and what they stand for. But are you actually getting anything out of these debates?

In an amicus curiae brief, the League asked the Supreme Court to protect fair voting districts by holding that the Voting Rights Act does not require a minority community's size to meet a rigid numerical quota.

This follows successful League action last year to ask the Court to take up this important redistricting case.

Amicus Brief in North Carolina Voting Rights Act Case

LWVUS filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court that will determine the rights of minority voters in North Carolina.  The brief urges the Court to hear the case which will review the Voting Rights Act in relation to a 2003 redistricting in North Carolina.

Observing Your Government in Action

This is an easy-to-read "how to" resource guide on organizing and conducting observer corps programs. Building on its decades of experience in empowering citizens to monitor local governmental meetings through these programs, the League has compiled best practices about starting and maintaining an observer program.

Publication No. 2080

Looking For Sunshine Cover

The League of Women Voters Education Fund has created this Resource Guide to assist Leagues in dealing with this era of increasingly difficult public access to government information. This guide provides an overview of the most significant federal and state laws—those that protect and those that restrict public access to government information. It also suggests various ways that Leagues can become more active in this area, and identifies other national and state organizations involved in these issues.