• With Thanksgiving just a week away and the movie “Lincoln” opening in theaters tomorrow, we might do well to remember that the first Thanksgiving was proclaimed by Abraham Lincoln at a time when our country was embroiled in civil war over whether all Americans were really created equal.

  • Vote Here

    As I went about my day on Election Day volunteering to be a polling place evaluator for my local League (a program instituted by the Board of Elections done in partnership with the League to make sure voters have what they need, poll workers and election judges have what they need and systems are working well on election day) – I thought about the millions of unsung hero’s without whom our democracy would grind to a halt.

  • Please Note: This blog post was written by our intern, Vegard Tveito

    This Election Day I was fortunate enough to be in Washington D.C, with a front seat to the unfolding of an American presidential election. I am a Norwegian student who is taking a semester abroad to study American politics, and I clearly could not have picked a better time to be here.

  • Another election season has come to an end and I want to give a huge round of applause to all of you – voters, League Leaders, poll workers, poll watchers!  Many of you worked tirelessly registering voters at thousands of registration events, providing millions of voters with the information they needed through printed materials, online resources, hosting candidate debates and forums, encouraging your friends and family to vote, and engaging your community in other ways.

  • Under the threat of the imminent arrival of Hurricane Sandy, preparations continued for the arrival of seventy civil society and government representatives from twenty-two countries in the Broader Middle East and North Africa (“BMENA”) region to participate in the Sub-Ministerial Meeting of the 9th Forum for the Future on November 1-2, 2012, in Washington DC.

    Although Sandy created havoc for many participants due to thousands of flight cancellations, in the end, only four of the civil society participants were unable to make the meeting on time. 

  • We’ve been working towards Election Day for months if not years and it is finally here.

  • I voted this morning at my public library today in the battleground state of Virginia. Arriving before 8 am, I was surprised to see the line of mostly young professionals already snaking through the parking lot and down the sidewalk. I should have brought coffee, I grumbled to myself.

    I buttoned up my coat and got in line.  After several years of voting absentee as a student, this was my first chance to vote in person for our next president. I couldn’t wait to wear that “I Voted” sticker! 

  • “Thanks for calling the League, how may I assist you?” This question, and its many variations, seem to echo from every office as LWV staff members work together to ensure that citizens across the country are able to exercise their right to vote today. The last few weeks have been especially busy around here, and as I take a moment to reflect on my recent interactions I can’t help but feel sincerely grateful for this experience.

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