Jeanette M. Senecal is the Senior Director of Elections for the League of Women Voters. Jeanette joined the League in 1999 as part of the e-Democracy team. With a background in tackling community improvement challenges in multi-cultural environments, Jeanette jumped right into the development of DemocracyNet, a first-of-its-kind voter information website from the League that helped alter how voters interacted with candidates, campaigns and democracy.
Jeanette’s tireless work with the over 500 DemocracyNet employees and volunteers nationwide provided the lessons and a roadmap for her to launch the League’s award-winning VOTE411.org website in 2006. A key part of the League’s voter engagement and education work, VOTE411 reached over 4 million voters in 2016. Jeanette also leads the League’s efforts on issues such reforming and modernizing election laws and expanding civic engagement and empowerment opportunities for all voters. Much of Jeanette’s expertise focuses on helping Leagues and volunteers innovate and engage with voters both online and offline and providing ongoing strategic guidance to Leagues and partners alike. Jeanette is often a vital resource on League communications and marketing efforts.
As senior director for elections, Jeanette also heads up initiatives such as the Public Advocacy for Voter Protection project and voter registration programs in high schools, community colleges and naturalization ceremonies that protect and reach out to the nation’s underrepresented voters. Her leadership on the 5 Things You Need to Know on Election Day campaign and the Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) Successful Practices in Pollworker Recruiting, Training and Retention project has helped position the League as a national leader in the election and voting arena.
Originally from New York, Jeanette attended St. Lawrence University, where she received a BA in Government and Environmental Studies and an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University. When not helping Making Democracy Work® and following her passion to protect our planet’s precious natural resources, Jeanette is spending time exploring the world with her husband and two young children and is looking forward to teaching her soon-to-be three-year-old to ski this winter.
At the Supreme Court this morning Justices listened to arguments in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute and will soon answer the question, is the right to vote use-it-or-lose-it?
I joined other voting rights advocates who braved the cold to stand outside the Supreme Court and call for an end to unlawful voter purges.
Congratulate the graduates you know on their achievement and encourage them to register to vote with our eCard.The League’s eCard directs recipients to VOTE411.org where new voters can easily start the voter registration process.
With presidential debates under way, it may seem like our next important elections aren’t until the presidential primaries in early 2016. In fact, there are thousands of important state and local elections happening across the country this Election Day – Tuesday, November 3.
Help us reach unregistered voters before their state’s voter registration deadline passes – send our eCard to people you know who have moved, turned 18, changed their name or recently became a citizen!
Independence Day marks the birth of our nation and the signing of the Declaration of Independence that outlined the key tenets that our Constitution would be based on.
Congratulate the graduates you know on their achievement and encourage them to register to vote with our eCard.
Now is the time to start thinking about how and when you’ll vote. In addition to getting ready to vote as you have in years past, voters in many states may also need to show voter identification in order to cast a ballot.
On Election Day - Tuesday, November 4 - voters across the country will head to the polls to cast their votes in thousands of local, state and federal elections. Now is the time to start thinking about how and when you’ll vote.
Graduation is a major milestone after which many young adults move and embark upon new challenges. The League of Women Voters wants to help these recent graduates become active and engaged members of their new communities – help us encourage graduates to register to vote.
The League and NAACP believe we must do better when it comes to youth voting participation, especially among the many young people who are least likely to vote, including minority and low income youth and those who do not have a traditional college education.