Rooted in the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the League has worked to foster civic engagement and enhance access to the vote since we were founded in 1920. Over time our work has evolved from efforts to gain and foster women’s suffrage to ensuring that all eligible voters – particularly those from traditionally underrepresented or underserved communities, including first-time voters, non-college youth, new citizens, minorities, the elderly and low-income Americans – have the opportunity and the information to exercise their right to vote.
Through national programs and state-based volunteer activists the League uses public education, advocacy, grassroots organizing and legal strategies to engage, support and protect voters. Our work falls into the five categories below:
Voting Rights – We seek to protect and expand voting rights through proactive reforms, ensuring existing pro-voter laws are being followed and challenging voter suppression tactics that limit the ability of voters’ to exercise this basic right. The League opposes voter photo ID laws, advocates against barriers to the voter registration process, works to prevent last-minute Election Day barriers, and helps voters get what they need to vote.
Improving Elections – We work to improve how elections operate at all levels and support proactive reforms to keep our nation’s elections free, fair and accessible. We seek to modernize registration and voting processes, streamline the administration of elections and promote transparent and accountable redistricting.
Registering Voters – League volunteers hold thousands of voter registration drives across the country each year and encourage all citizens to vote. We concentrate our registration drives at locations that reach large numbers of unregistered voters, including high schools and community colleges, sporting events, naturalization ceremonies and more.
Educating Voters – We work to educate voters about candidates running for elected office and the state-specific rules governing the election process. In efforts to foster civic engagement, League members host hundreds of candidate debates and forums across the country each year and prepare straightforward voter guides on candidates and ballot issues. We equip millions of voters with critical information about the election process in each state, including information on voter registration forms and deadlines, polling place locations and ID requirements, through both print materials and VOTE411.org, our online one-stop elections information hub.
DC Voting Rights – We advocate for the rights of citizens of the District of Columbia to be afforded the same rights of self-government and full voting representation in Congress as are all other citizens of the United States.