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Expanding Voter Access

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

Why it matters

The right to vote is a fundamental principle of our democracy. When more Americans can participate in our elections, the outcome better reflects who we are as a country. We work year-round at the state and local level to enact voting reforms that best increase turnout and help new communities participate in the process, making our elections more free, fair and accessible. 

What we're doing

Our volunteers have been behind some of the most important voting reform victories in recent years. From fighting for expanded early voting, to enacting automatic and online voter registration and more, we are working to modernize our voting systems and streamline the voting process. We also work to ensure compliance with laws like the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which have helped millions of Americans access their right to vote. 

Expanding Voter Access In Depth

The League of Women Voters is proud to announce Adam Ambrogi as Senior Director for Voting and Elections. Adam joins the League’s growing team and will expand the organization’s impact on voting rights and election administration.

LWV of Texas and Campaign Legal Center sent a letter to Texas Secretary of State John Scott in response to his office’s practice of severely limiting voter registration forms provided to voter registration organizations in the state — in violation of the National Voter Registration Act.
US Senate must follow suit and pass the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act.
LWVUS urges all  House Representatives to vote for the legislation HR 5746, the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act, and move it to the Senate for immediate consideration and debate.
LWVUS CEO Virginia Kase Solomón issued the following statement ahead of President Biden and Vice President Harris's voting rights speech at the Atlanta University Center Consortium. 

Our nation is at a crucial turning point, how we proceed will determine whether our democracy survives. Our system of government is fractured, but the will of the people is strong. We don’t have a reputation for backing down and we will not give up now. Quite the opposite. 

Just as our advocacy led, directly or indirectly, to all the gains mentioned above, our actions can save our democracy in this pivotal moment. 

Today, voting rights groups announced a major expanded effort to drive thousands of calls daily to the White House to urge President Biden to lead on voting rights by urging the Senate to fix or nix the filibuster and pass voting rights protections immediately.

The League calls on members of Congress to enact federal elections protections by supporting the Freedom to Vote Act and other legal remedies as needed. 

Voters have the right to know exactly who is trying to influence their votes. Ballot initiatives often align with candidate campaigns and for that reason should be subject to the same restrictions when it comes to outside spending. 

While words are great, President Biden must now do everything in his power to get the Freedom to Vote Act over the finish line and restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act.