Forty-three years ago today on July 1, 1971, Congress ratified the 26th Amendment to the Constitution. The legislation was a victory for our democracy. In lowering the federal voting age from 21 to 18, the 26th amendment drastically expanded our electorate and increased access to the ballot box.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day to reflect upon the important role that mothers play in our lives and the values that they teach us. This Mother’s Day, the League of Women Voters is celebrating the crucial ways in which women and mothers help empower millions to participate in our democracy.
Every year, millions of voters across the country head to the ballot box to vote in primary elections. Primaries, a key part of our voting system, are held for most public offices when there are multiple candidates, usually from the same party, seeking office. Primaries offer a crucial opportunity for voters to take control and weigh in on the issues that matter to them most.
EDITORIAL NOTE: This blog post was originally posted on President Elisabeth MacNamara's Huffington Post blog.
In 1920, suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters(LWVUS) to democratize the vote. Since then, League members across the country have worked tirelessly to strengthen our democracy and ensure equality for all.
Yesterday, millions of Americans in states across the country cast ballots in some 5,500 local and state elections. Voters, like you, recognized that voting is your chance to stand up for what matters most, particularly during “off-year” elections that directly impact your families, communities and daily lives.
In less than 24 hours, polling places in many communities across the country will open their doors and welcome voters to cast their ballots for thousands of ballot initiatives and state and local elections. Do you and your loved ones have the information you need to vote tomorrow?
Nationwide, more than 5,500 races and ballot initiatives will be decided this election season. These races are about jobs, economic security, the environment, health care and more. We all need to weigh in.
Election Day is less than a month away in most states. Millions of voters will participate in important state and local elections this year. We hope you’re planning to participate if there are elections in your area and hope you’ll encourage your loved ones to do the same.