The League joined comments sent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on proposed regulations governing training for Affordable Care Act (ACA) navigators.
Elisabeth MacNamara

In 2016, our goals are very simple. We plan to: grow the vote, protect the vote and empower voters with information, through our nonpartisan voters’ guides and candidate forums and debates, and through our online tools—espeicallyVOTE411.org. These three priorities stand on their own, but are they are also inextricably intertwined.

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).

Voting is the most powerful way to have your voice heard, and it is the core of our democracy. The League works all year, every year, to empower all eligible voters to participate in our political system.

The League joined with Demos, Project Vote and allied groups to urge the Obama Administration to fully implement the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) as part of the Health Benefit Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Exchanges are public assistance agencies under the NVRA and therefore must provide voter registration opportunities to all applicants.

The League filed a merits brief in the U.S. District Court in Kansas supporting a decision by the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to reject a request from Kansas and Arizona to require proof of citizenship with the national mail voter registration form.

The League of Women Voters of the United States joined with the League of Women Voters of Kansas and the League of Women Voters of Arizona to file comments with the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) regarding the requests made by the Secretaries of State of Kansas and Arizona to modify the national mail-in voter registration form to include requirements that applicants supply documentary proof of citizenship.

The League of Women Voters of the United States joined with the League of Women Voters of Kansas and the League of Women Voters of Arizona to file a brief on the merits of Kobach v. EAC in U.S. District Court.

Read the League's motion to intervene in Kobach et al v. Election Assistance Commission (EAC).

LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara's remarks on National Voter Registration Day 2013.

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