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LWV Of Brainerd Lakes Area

Community Leaders

Rebecca Laplante, President
Kathy Hegstrom, Membership Chair

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Stories from Around the State

From January – August 2023, state legislatures nationwide passed various bills into law. While following these developments, the League noticed several important trends around voting rights and election administration.

This story originally aired on FOX9.

It’s been more than a month since over 55,000 Minnesotans re-gained the right to vote, and efforts to remind them of that continue.

"A lot of these events are really to continue to keep the message out there," said Michelle Witte of the League of Women Voters Minnesota. "That this is now available to you to have the freedom to vote."

On Friday, the League set up a table in the front hallway of the federal courthouse in Minneapolis to help those who are out of prison for a felony, but still on supervision, register to vote.

Civic education and involvement are key to a healthy American democracy. Included are stories from states across the country about the importance of civic engagement and the work that they are doing to promote it. 

This blog highlights work in Florida, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.

This op-ed was originally published by Duluth News Tribune.

The League of Women Voters of Duluth, MN, wrote about the need for a national popular vote.

Almost 1 million immigrants became naturalized citizens in 2022, expanding the electorate significantly. During that time, 31 League volunteer teams across the country reported attending close to 800 naturalization ceremonies and registering over 37,000 New Americans to participate in our democracy — this represents just a small portion of our 750+ Leagues’ impact. 

This story was originally shared by WDIO.

The Duluth League of Women Voters held their 25th annual Citizens in Action workshop. This event helps educate citizens in the Duluth area understand the process of government. It also allows community non-profit and advocacy groups to teach workshops on positively affecting change at different levels of government.