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Voter Registration

Four young women from Austin, TX who are in Washington, DC to compete in the National History Day Competition visited our offices to discuss their impressive project that explores the origins and sustaining impact of the pivotal Voting Rights Act of 1965.

It struck me that the League doesn’t just ask others, like Congress to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform or the Supreme Court to continue to protect voting rights, we foster civic life and democracy through the very way we operate.

The League was proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which has helped register millions of eligible Americans.

The League once again calls on the President and the nation's new elections commission to make bold changes to make elections free, fair and accessible.

EDITORIAL NOTE: This blog post was originally posted on the Huffington Post.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), we’re joining with Project Vote and other voting rights advocates for a tweet chat!

“This case puts independent voter registration drives like those conducted by the League squarely in the crosshairs of those that want to restrict access to political participation and voting,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States.

"'El Paso is not alone in low voter turnout, because Texas also lags behind other states,' said Linda Krefting, president of the Texas League of Women Voters... 'The states that have consistently high voter turnout have voter-friendly election procedures, and the Texas Legislature could adopt comparable procedures,' Krefting said. 'Same day voter registration which allows voters to register on election day is common in states with consistently high voter turnout.' ... 'Texas needs to make sure that voter registration at DPS offices is simplified and registrations are processed appropriately.'"

"They came from places like Vietnam, Somalia, and China. Seventeen different countries were represented Friday in south St. Louis County, as 23 petitioners gave up their native citizenship to become naturalized Americans. ... the St. Louis area League of Women Voters had a booth to register the new American citizens to vote, following the ceremony."

"he League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford [IL] registers citizens to vote before every election. During our fall drive, we registered 521 people at high schools, colleges, libraries, supermarkets and a manufacturing company. Registering to vote is just one small step. Tuesday, Nov. 6, it is important that voters use their power to guide the fate of our nation."