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Talking Points: Talking About Voting Rights

On this page, LWVUS will maintain updated talking points for all Leagues to speak with one voice about voting rights and messaging to counter voter suppression.

Lead with values about voting rights:  

  • The right to vote is a critical principle of our democracy.  

  • Our democracy is stronger when every eligible voter can cast a vote and have it count.  

  • We should encourage every eligible voter to cast a ballot in every election to make their voices heard.  

  • We want our election system to be free, fair, and accessible to all eligible voters. 

Discredit voter suppressors with the truth:  

  • False claims of ‘widespread voter fraud’ have been used to unlawfully purge eligible voters from the rolls.  

  • These claims are an intimidation tactic, designed to suppress certain populations from participating in our elections, including African Americans and Hispanic voters.  

Pivot to talking about the real voting issues and the solutions that your League is working on:  

  • Democracy works best when all eligible voters participate. 

  • The REAL problems with our election system are the polling place closures, cuts to early voting, onerous voter ID laws, and the illegal purge of registered voters.  

  • The League is dedicated to ensuring that all eligible voters – particularly those from traditionally underrepresented or underserved communities, including first-time voters, non-college youth, new citizens, communities of color, the elderly, and low-income Americans – have the opportunity and the information to exercise their right to vote. 

Finally, reinforce the positives about voting:  

  • Voting brings us together as Americans – it is the one time when we are all equal.  

  • Voting is your opportunity to support your community and have a say in America’s future.  

  • Encouraging all eligible voters to participate in our elections should be the intention of all politicians.