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Women who made their mark on Illinois government

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.30.2014 | 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...

On the 48th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Congress Must Act Quickly to Protect Democracy

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

The stakes are high: Until Congress repairs the Voting Rights Act, voters will likely face a variety of voting suppression attacks within their state, local and county jurisdictions as new election laws are passed.

165 Years Since Seneca Falls: Continuing to Organize for Equality

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 09.16.2013 | Women
Elisabeth MacNamara

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal." --Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Fall...

100 Years Later, Legacy Endures for Suffragists

David Orr | Posted 08.11.2013 | Chicago
David Orr

We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to the legions of women who led the fight, many of whom were considered extreme radicals at the time. Most suffragists first fought on behalf of other causes.

Celebrating the NVRA: 20 Years of Increasing Access to the Vote

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Monday, May 20, marks the 20th anniversary of the National Voter Registration Act, the monumental legislation that protects and enhances the ability of Americans to register to vote.

Tuning In and Paying Attention: Protecting Our Voting Rights From the States to the Supreme Court

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Life is increasingly busy. People are spending more time working, traveling and trying to make ends meet in a rough economy. What better timing for policymakers to make seemingly innocuous changes to something as important as voting rights and slip them past a preoccupied electorate?

The Fight for the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA): "It's Now Up to Us to See That It Gets Done"

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Commonly known as the "Motor Voter Act," the NVRA streamlined voter registration. If the Supreme Court rules against the NVRA, states would be free to pass laws that could restrict voter registration activities and thereby prevent eligible citizens from registering to vote.

WATCH: League of Women Voters President Denounces Obama Voting Commission

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington | Posted 02.13.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

The president of the League of Women Voters said Wednesday that President Barack Obama has failed to take bold steps toward improving the voting proce...

Chelsea Kiene

Obama's Election Commission Offers 'Business As Usual' Without Reform, Activists Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's creation of an independent Presidential Commission on Election Administration to address voting problems has sp...

The Vote Is the Emblem of Equality -- and Now It is Under Attack

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

As the League celebrates our 93rd birthday and marks nearly a century of work on voting rights, we hope that the Supreme Court recognizes the importance of blocking racial discrimination in voting and upholds the Voting Rights Act.

The Path to Free, Fair and Accessible Elections for Every American

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

As more and more Americans use the Internet for daily tasks like paying bills and banking, states must develop online voter registration programs to modernize registration and make it more efficient.