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Voting Rights Tools

Voting is a fundamental right and all eligible voters should have the equal opportunity to exercise that right. These tools provide assistance in our work to ensure that our elections remain free, fair, and accessible. 

Voting Rights Tools In Depth

The LWVUS Board recommitted to this statement on strategies about Money in Politics at June 2019 Board meeting. It was originally adopted on April 7, 2013.

The U.S. Supreme Court has made a series of decisions including Buckley v. Valeo, Citizens United v. Federal Election CommissionMcComish v. Bennett, etc. that have affected the areas of campaigns and elections.

On Thursday, September 19th, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on the Washington, DC Admission Act (H.R. 51).  This will be the first hearing on DC statehood in more than a quarter century. 


In April 2019, LWVUS launched a campaign aimed at getting U.S. Senators to hold a hearing on the For the People Act. As part of the campaign, local and state Leagues across the country are encouraged to host postcard writing parties and send the postcards to their U.S. Senators' in-state office(s). To help Leagues conduct this activity, LWVUS has created a unified postcard that local and states used for this effort. 

The House Administration Committee's, subcommittee on Elections is holding hearings on the VRA around the country.

Information for Leagues on the formation of Complete Count Committees by state.

LWVUS staff held a briefing for League members on HR1 on February 5, 2019.

LWVUS sent the attached memo to state presidents and executive directors with recommended legislative priorities under the Making Democracy Work® Campaign.

In cooperation with Wellstone Action, LWVUS is offering a series of training webinars for Leagues across the country.

This page is your one-stop-shop for tools and resources--including templates, messaging guidance, and background materials--related to the League's work on the 2020 Census.

The League has a three-phase plan around census: Education (July 2018-March 2019), Get-Out-To-Count guidance (April 2019-July 2019), and acting as watchdog for issues (August 2019-December 2019). 

This page is your one-stop-shop for tools and resources--including templates, messaging guidance, and background materials--related to the League's work on redistricting. 

These are the slides for the webinar, Understanding the Dangers of a Constitutional Convention, held on May 2, 2018. 

A Power Point from the LWVUS Redistricting Task Force Outling Redistricting: The Basics, the Courts and the League.  

This paper summarizes available options to address a series of decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court since 1976 that have weakened the procedures that regulate the spending and giving to political campaigns.

This state by state template was designed as a tool to assist state/local Leagues interested in knowing the status of campaign finance reform legislation in their state.  A complete template worksheet for Massachusetts has been provided as a sample for other states.  A blank worksheet, with categories for consideration, has been created for each state and the District of Columbia.  Just click on the tab with the initials for your state to fill in the relevant information.

The Money in Politics PowerPoint is a meeting-ready overview of money in politics issues for Leagues to use in meetings for members and the community. 

This Money in Politics Paper outlines the definitions for terms that are found in statutes dealing with campaign finance reporting.

Link to Money in Politics Google Group

In Minnesota, an amendment to the state constitution is expected to be introduced in the legislator early next year. We also expect to see voter photo ID bills move in MI, OH, PA and VA.