In a letter to President Obama, three of the nation's leading voting rights organizations—Demos, Project Vote, and the League of Women Voters—urged the Administration to come into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) by providing voter registration to eligible persons through the federally-facilitated health benefit exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the letter, the groups—who have previously won many NVRA-enforcement lawsuits—indicated that they are prepared to seek legal recourse if necessary. The letter follows over two years of advocacy efforts on the part of the organizations regarding ongoing violations of the NVRA. Widely known as the “motor voter” law, the NVRA requires that registration services be offered in tandem with transactions conducted by certain government programs. Its requirements apply to all the health benefit exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The League joined the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights and its member organizations calling for voting rights to be addressed at the upcoming Democrat and Republican debate/forum. The letter is signed by 36 organizations and has been sent to the network heads at MSNBC and CNBC as well as the moderators of the events.

The League joined civil rights organizations in issuing the People's Voting Rights Manifesto in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery March on March 8, 2015.

The League of Women Voters of the United States was joined by the League of Women Voters of Texas and the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin have asked the U.S.

A year after the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision gutted a vital protection of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the National Commission on the Voting Rights (NCVR), led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, released a groundbreaking national report revealing where and how minorities continue to experience discrimination in the U.S.

The League continues efforts to restore the Voting Rights Act with a letter to the House of Representatives.

The League sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to act quickly on H.R. 3899, the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014.

The League sent a letter to the U.S. Senate asking Senators to act to repair and restore the Voting Rights Act to its full effectiveness following the recent Supreme Court decision in Shelby v. Holder.  Members of the grassroots Lobby Corps will also deliver this message to Senators on the Hill.


September 19, 2013

photo of Voting Rights Act March

With Election 2012 in the rear-view mirror and 2014—and 2016—looming soon, the League of Women Voters recently released our comprehensive Election Improvement Agenda report, which identifies central challenges facing our complex and outdated election system and provides a targeted action plan for overcoming the fallout from recent state-based voter suppression attempts and the Supreme Court ruling gutting the Voting Rights Act.

Rooted in the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the League has worked to foster civic engagement and enhance access to the vote since our organization was founded in 1920.