The High School Voter Registration Project is a nationwide effort to encourage young people--especially young minorities--to register to vote. Leagues are working in key states to engage and empower young people to participate in our democracy in 2012 and for years to come.

Why now?

The Brennan Center for Justice has compiled a detailed summary of Voter ID laws that have passed in state legislatures in 2011.
High School Registration Manual Edition 2

This comprehensive training manual has been updated for 2015 and provides a step-by-step guide to help you develop winning high school voter registration programs and encourage young people to register and vote.

The guide comes complete with field-tested tips and a range of planning, training and outreach tools to help you succeed. Download the entire PDF or click on the customizable appendices (uploaded as a Word Files) below. LWVEF, PDF Version. 2015.

League President Elisabeth MacNamara sent a letter to President Obama expressing opposition to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline and urging him to deny the permit for the pipeline's construction. 



Convention adopted:

A study of the federal role in public education. The study will focus on the role of the federal government in education policymaking, with possible consideration of funding, common standards and/or governance relationships among all levels of the government. The scope will be dependent on available resources, including committee and LWVUS staff time.

A study on privatization: the policy agenda to transfer government functions, services and assets to the private sector.

Every community has topics of interest that are unique and important to its citizens.  What are the challenges that face your community today?  What is the hot button issue that everyone is talking about at local government meetings?  Consider using the “Hot Topics” Lunch as a venue to

Opening Remarks from LWUVS President Elisabeth MacNamara

Good evening and welcome to Council 2011. We are very excited about this meeting because with this format and location, we are trying something new. This is the last year in which Council will have a business component – that is the budget to adopt.

One of the reasons that we proposed going to a biennial budget was to allow us to re-imagine this meeting in every possible way – from where we hold it, to who attends and what we accomplish. This format is the first step.

Please see below for a list of Council 2011 materials that can be downloaded for your information and use. For more information regarding materials, please contact Cheryl Graeve at


Below you'll find:

  • Presentation of the Budget
  • "What is Your Leadership Style?" presentation
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Nominating Committee's presentation.

Greetings from the Budget Committee!


The proposed LWVUS/EF budgets for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012 are available for download at the bottom of the page.  Delegates to Council will approve the LWVUS budget. The Board of Trustees will formally approve the LWVEF budget at its meeting immediately following Council.