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6 Ways the League of Women Voters Has Impacted Your Life

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Elisabeth MacNamara

This year, the League of Women Voters celebrates our 95th anniversary. The League was founded by suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt on February 14, 1920 -...

League Of Women Voters: Steve Scalise's Comments 'Misinformed'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics

The League of Women Voters is criticizing House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), calling his remarks about the organization "misinformed." Afte...

How the League Was Busy Making Democracy Work in 2014

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

We're excited to celebrate our 95th anniversary in 2015 building on our accomplishments from 2014 -- and setting ambitious goals for the coming year.

Garth the Great

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.22.2015 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

David helped to create the modern electoral process. He used television brilliantly; he helped introduce the slickness and trickery that is used by almost all political operatives as they seek to elect their candidates. He was smart, he was tough and for the last 30 years, he was my friend.

How the League of Women Voters Is Fighting to Protect Our Democracy

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Elisabeth MacNamara

Big money is winning, and voters are losing. And the League won't let voters go down without a fight.

Make Your Election Day Game Plan!

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth MacNamara

These elections are about our jobs, our health, our communities, our security and our future. These elections affect all of us; it is critical to weigh in on that issues that matter most to you!

Here Are All the Ways You Can Celebrate National Voter Registration Day!

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

We come from all walks of life, and we vote for lots of different reasons. But today, all Americans deserve the chance to stand up for what matters most to them. And the best way to do that is to register and vote.

Preserve Our Democracy: Protect Voters' Rights

Keith Mestrich | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Keith Mestrich

Though slow and unsteady, the gradual expansion of voting rights in the United States has been one of our country's most significant achievements. But now, groups of politicians and their supporters, seeking to steer outcomes of elections in their favor, are working to restrict access to voting.

Much More Than Cheeseheads -- Amazing Wisconsin Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

My trip to Milwaukee got me thinking about women associated with Wisconsin and their contributions to advancing the culture and economy of the U.S. As you might guess, these contributions are significant and quite varied.

The Best Way to Celebrate Women's Equality Day? Register to Vote!

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 10.25.2014 | Women
Elisabeth MacNamara

This week as we celebrate Women's Equality Day, we reflect on the brave suffragists who helped secure the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted...

Women who made their mark on Illinois government

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.28.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Even though the residents of Illinois are 49 percent male and 51 percent female, the legislative body that represents Illinoisans, the General Assembl...

The National Voter Registration Act Turns 21!

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Our democracy is at its strongest when it includes as many voices as possible. This week, we're celebrating the NVRA for 21 years -- and counting -- of protecting and enhancing the nation's voter registration process, including ensuring a free, fair and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters.

This Earth Day, Put People Before Polluters

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Elisabeth MacNamara

This Earth Day, put people before polluters. If supporters like you stand up and demand the strongest standard possible, we can put our country -- and our planet -- on the path to a sustainable future and ensure a cleaner, healthier future for everyone.

Voter Rights Groups Appeal Kansas Citizenship Ruling

AP | ROXANA HEGEMAN | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Voting rights groups filed an appeal Friday of a judge's order that federal election officials must help Kansas and Arizona enf...

Rights Only for the Right People

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

All those rights Americans cherish, those fundamental human and political freedoms protected by the U.S. Constitution, Republicans contend those aren't really inalienable rights or anything solid or permanent like that.

Online Voter Registration: Improving Access to Voting

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Secure online voter registration is a crucial, common sense step in modernizing our nation's voting system, and we're committed to making sure it is available to all eligible voters.

Friday Talking Points - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

John Boehner has a song in his heart. As he was busy passing a clean debt ceiling bill in his House, he followed up with another lyric from the tune.

Bring Back the Fairness Doctrine: I'd Rather Have Debate Than Ranting-and-Raving Journalism

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 04.15.2014 | Media
Nancy Graham Holm

When it comes to influencing public opinion, broadcasting has been the single most powerful force in American society since the turn of the 20th century, but especially since 1987. That's the year American society lost accountability for one-sided opinions spread over the airwaves.

On the League's 94th Anniversary, Continuing to Protect the Vote

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Today's barriers to the ballot might look different than they did when the League was founded 94 years ago, but they remain threats to our democracy all the same.

10 Ways the League of Women Voters Is Making Democracy Work in 2013

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth MacNamara

In 1920, suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters to democratize the vote. Since then, League members across the country have worked tirelessly to strengthen our democracy and ensure equality for all.

This #GivingTuesday, Help Strengthen Our Country and Democracy

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth MacNamara

In celebration of #GivingTuesday, we've been sharing a look at just some of what the League has done to increase political participation and strengthen our democracy -- and our country -- in 2013.

Why It's Vital to Vote This Election Day!

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

This Election Day, Tuesday, November 5th, millions of voters will head to the polls and stand up for what matters most in our communities and our lives. Although it's not a presidential election year, hitting the polls and participating in our democracy remains as crucial as ever.

'We the People': Celebrating Constitution Day and Registering New Voters

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

In framing the U.S. Constitution, the Founding Fathers underscored the importance of America's voting system, which they believed to be critical to a strong democracy. Today, we still have work to do to make the most out of our nation's voting system.

Celebrating Women's Equality Day and Continuing the Fight for Voting Rights

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 10.26.2013 | Women
Elisabeth MacNamara

As we celebrate Women's Equality Day and the anniversary of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech, many Americans -- women and men, young and old, rich and poor alike -- still face barriers to voting.

Voter Suppression Scandal Emerges In Election Decided By 1 Vote

AP | BRENDAN FARRINGTON | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

SOPCHOPPY, Fla. — A small Florida Panhandle town best known for its annual Worm Grunting Festival is at the center of an investigation into char...