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Expanding Voter Access

We fight to increase voters’ access to the polls, including expanding early voting and automatic and online voter registration.  

Why It Matters

Increased accessibility to the electoral process is integral to ensuring that every American can exercise their right to vote. Leagues across the United States work year-round to promote pro-voter reforms that both preserve our existing rights and provide flexibility for casting ballots in order to be inclusive of historically underserved communities. 

While we have made progress in expanding voter access, many people still face disproportionate challenges to participate in elections due to factors including health, age, race, and gender. Our democracy is strongest when every voice is heard, which is why we strongly advocate for measures to make voting more accessible. 

Voter Accessibility Measures Supported by LWVUS

  • Automatic voter registration 

  • Online voter registration 

  • Multilingual voting resources 

  • Extended polling hours 

  • Mail-in voting 

  • Early voting 

  • Eliminated ballot notary and witness signature requirements  

  • Extended registration deadlines 

  • Expanded polling locations 

  • Eliminated or relaxed ID requirements 

  • Added protections for in-person voting 

Pro-voter reforms have transformed our democracy and led to unprecedented voter turnout in the 2020 Election. But they are too often threatened by politicians and special interests who prioritize their own needs over an equal and fair democracy. When it comes to opposing these anti-voter efforts, the League is on the frontlines, advocating in state houses and in Congress, fighting anti-voter laws in court, and organizing activists to make their voices heard.  

As we work to expand voter access, the League also empowers voters through VOTE411, a nonpartisan, ‘one-stop-shop' for all the election information you need to cast a ballot in every election – available in English and Spanish.  From registration to voting rules and candidate guides, this award-winning website is your guide to making your voice heard in every election. 

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How We Expand Voter Access

Advocating for Voter Access 

We work with legislators, grassroots organizers, and people like you to promote laws and policies that make the promise of democracy real for all Americans. These include: 

  • The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act: This bill would protect and expand the right to vote, decrease the influence of money in politics, and hold our institutions accountable.

  • The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act: By restoring many key components of the Voting Rights Act, this bill would protect against voter discrimination

  • The Washington, DC Admission Act: Over 700,000 DC residents pay taxes, are eligible for the military draft, and contribute to our nation and their community the same as residents of every other state, yet they are without full representation in Congress. The majority of these Americans are people of color. We support full statehood and representation for the people of DC.  

Legal Work 

The League of Women Voters of the US and Leagues across the country engage in legal action supporting voting rights all year round. From Georgia to Kansas, we’re fighting discriminatory and suppressive voting regulations that limit access to the ballot. 

In 2020 alone, we protected more than 25 million voters through voting rights litigation. We’re proud to have a 78% win rate in federal lawsuits. 

In 2020, we protected 25 million voters

LWV has a 78% win rate in federal courts

Empowering Voters with VOTE411 

To participate in our democracy, Americans deserve trustworthy, nonpartisan information about local and federal elections, including voter guides, candidate information, polling rules and locations, and more. We make this information easy to find with our free, digital voter resource, VOTE411

Take Action

Promote Voter Access

There are many ways to help your fellow Americans make their voices heard
  • Sign up for our email list to stay updated on breaking news and ways to take action 

  • Find election information you need at VOTE411.org 

  • Spread the word about voting rights by sharing this page with your friends and family on social media

Latest from the League

The League of Women Voters of New York State filed a lawsuit yesterday in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York asking that the Court postpone the June 28 primary for statewide offices to August 23.

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But the District of Columbia is not a state. Why is that a problem?  Because of not being a state, the District of Columbia does not have any rights unless they are specifically allowed by Congress, since Congress exercises “exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever” over the Seat of Government of the United States. In other words, unless we have statehood, we don't have access to the rights that the current 50 states enjoy. 

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AUGUSTA, Maine — More than 350,000 Maine voters could vote in primaries starting in a key 2024 election after lawmakers approved a bill to allow for semi-open primaries for presidential, congressional and legislative elections.

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