The League’s leadership in the fight against voter suppression is making a major impact in states across the U.S. As lawmakers continue to pass legislation and employ tactics that disenfranchise voters, the League challenges these efforts at every level of governance through public advocacy, grassroots organizing, legal action, and public education.
Every year, millions of voters are protected through the League’s national programs. In the spring of 2017, the League launched its latest Public Advocacy for Voter Protection (PAVP) Project, the tenth to be carried out within the last decade. As part of this two-year program, Leagues in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin worked to prevent the disenfranchisement of our nation’s most underrepresented voters, specifically those in communities of color, low-income individuals, and young people.
Across the six states, on-the-ground League activists protected over 700,000 voters, increased voter turnout, identified critical issues with statewide voter registration systems, promoted online voter registration, and distributed thousands of informational materials to voters. Volunteers dedicated over 625 hours collecting data, training poll workers, and educating the public on why strict voter photo ID laws and documentary proof of citizenship requirements threaten the integrity of our democracy.