• Today, a Dane County Circuit Court Judge found the Wisconsin voter ID law unconstitutional. The case, brought by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, is a big win for all Wisconsin voters. “Voting is not like cashing a check or getting on an airplane. Those activities are not protected by the constitution. Voting is one way in which all citizens are equal, and that is worth fighting for," Melanie Ramey, state president. Read the full statement here.

  • As you know, 10 states hold their presidential primary or caucus elections tomorrow. And the League wants you, and your friends and family, to have the information you need when you go to the polls.

    The League has you covered: visit www.VOTE411.org, the nation’s premier online election resource. 

  • A new article came out yesterday in Ms. Magazine and a few other publications, called Blocking the Vote. The piece, like other recent news stories, details what the League and other voting rights groups have been ringing the alarm bells on for several years - a new wave of voter suppression laws passing state legislatures at an alarming rate.  League President MacNamara's quote sums it up nicely, "The fact that this is being touted as a way of making the [election] system more secure....is just a false argument."

  • In previous years, Amanda Wolf of Sumter, SC, voted using her Florida student photo ID. But the new South Carolina voter ID law changed that. Amanda had to wait more than 6 months to get the proper papers to qualify for a photo ID. Luckily, she received free help from a retired judge since attorneys can charge $1800.

  • by Michael J. Malbin The thirty-year-old system for funding presidential nomination contests that seemed to work well for 20 years is now failing. This year, both major parties’ nominees rejected public matching funds; the legal ceilings for campaign spending are simply too low and inflexible. In addition, the public funding formula has failed to empower average donors, and the Presidential Election Campaign Fund cannot make timely payments because not enough people check the box on their income tax forms to pay for the program. Those who believe the system is worth saving should start thinking about the alternatives, soon.
  • This February 14th is extra sweet because it is our 92nd birthday – so join us on our Facebook page, Twitter feed or in the comments section to leave us a birthday wish. 

  • This week, the League of Women Voters of South Carolina stood with allies to oppose a bill seeking to impose new requirements on independent groups that register voters. The proposal is strikingly similar to a Florida elections law passed last year that, among other things, placed onerous restrictions on voter registration efforts, and led the League of Women Voters to stop registration activities in Florida. Recent research has indicated that the Florida law has already dampened voter registration rates in the state. Barbara Zia, president of the South Carolina League of Women Voters, said the League opposes both bills and is particularly concerned about new rules for voter registration drives in South Carolina, which include fines of up to $1,000 for groups:  "It's going to make it difficult or virtually impossible for the League of Women Voters to continue to register voters in South Carolina," she said. "The effect would be to suppress the vote."



    Await Response from President Obama on Enforcing Campaign Finance Laws

    Washington, DC - Today, the League of Women Voters announced they had surpassed their goal of 25,000 petition signatures on the White House "We the People" website that asks President Obama to appoint new commissioners to the malfunctioning Federal Election Commission (FEC).  The League and partners Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, Democracy21 and Public Citizen launched the petition drive on January 11 in order to get a response from the Administration on this critical issue that, to date, it has ignored.

    "The Obama campaign’s decision this week to allow surrogates to assist Super PACs in raising funds illustrates how broken the system is and that the FEC is asleep at the switch," said Elisabeth MacNamara, national League President.  "The only reason that the leading presidential campaigns of both political parties are able to work with the Super PACs is that the FEC is not enforcing the law. Indeed the FEC says this is acceptable.  Our democracy needs a fully-functioning FEC," said MacNamara.

  • As presidential candidates pounded the campaign trail this week, the Florida League debuted an innovative “Be Ready to Vote” mobile campaign, designed to help inform Florida voters about their current registration status and increase voter turnout at the polls. Through these efforts, mobile phone users are prompted to enter their name and date of birth to check their voter status, update their voter information or have their questions answered by an elections official. What new technologies are you using to reach voters this year?

  • As part of a new story by National Public Radio, League national president Elisabeth MacNamara explains how these voter ID laws are creating additional challenges for some voters: "People are caught in a Catch-22: You need a birth certificate to get this ID, but to get a birth certificate you have to have an ID." The compelling news piece looks at the stories of three longtime voters that now must