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To achieve a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate, LWV advocates on issues like voting rights and “urgent issues." 

Urgent issues include social issues that impact people’s ability to participate equitably in our democracy, including sex and gender equality, environmental and gun policies conducive to public health, immigration reform, and the ability to make reproductive choices. 

A proposed expansion to the racial identification categories in the US Census would increase representation for the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) community.

Voting is a fundamental right. Yet voters with disabilities face persistent barriers to casting a ballot.

Fortunately, these barriers can be challenged under Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), which requires that states allow people with disabilities to receive assistance in the voting process. 

We pulled US Census to get a snapshot of how women are voting. It made one thing clear: the next election is up to women.

See our map showing the power of women voters in 2022 and our graph on registered voters from 2004-2022 by the numbers.

The Supreme Court case Moyle v. United States could leave women and people who can become pregnant at risk of permanent bodily harm, creating a patchwork in which some states provide reproductive freedom and equal citizenship for people who can become pregnant while others don’t.  

Abortion will not and should not be left to the whim of state legislatures, particularly when people’s health and lives are at risk. 

In honor of Emancipation Day, DC's Mayor Muriel Bowser hosted a Full Democracy Champions Luncheon. Within are remarks from LWV's Kelly McFarland Stratman on DC Statehood.

Bloody Sunday refers to the day in 1965 when hundreds of civil rights activists were attacked by law enforcement while marching for Black American's right to vote. Now, Bloody Sunday is an observance where civil and voting rights advocates congregate to honor the legacy of the original foot soldiers who risked their lives for equal rights. Jubilee attendees build on the original activists’ legacies by continuing to fight for equal representation.    

Many Leagues host Lobby Days throughout their state’s legislative sessions to rally their membership around a specific bill or set of bills that they hope to see passed. Recently, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky (LWVKY) invited a member of our national staff to join their Lobby Day, and I had the pleasure of joining them!

Whether they’re in the military, studying abroad, or permanently living overseas, all US citizens living abroad who are eligible to vote can still cast their ballots. The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act grants military members and US citizens living abroad the right to vote absentee in federal elections in their former state of residence. 

The highly anticipated New Hampshire primary almost always received considerable media attention. The League of Women Voters of the United States and our partners at the National Task Force on Election Crises attended the Granite State’s primaries for the first time to ensure a successful process through some on-ground election observing.  

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