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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. 

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Expanding Voter Access In Depth

The upcoming 116th Congress could make history with the first comprehensive package of democracy reforms scheduled for 2019, HR1. Since the announcement of HR1, LWVUS has been talking to folks on the Hill and working with partner organizations to help shape the bill’s language and ensure that voting rights are strengthened by this important legislation. 

This past Election Day, Michigan voters used the power of their ballots to transfer the responsibility of drawing state and legislative districts to an independent redistricting commission, as well as expand access to the polls by approving two Michigan initiatives: Proposals 2 and 3. 

On Monday, a Judge in New Hampshire issued an injunction stopping the state from advancing a controversial election law requiring extra documentation in order to register to vote.

On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, the League stands united with our Puerto Rican neighbors and ready to support new voters throughout the midterms this season.

Washington is the only state that allows all voters to return a ballot via email attachment.

The League of Women Voters of Michigan worked in coalition to get a measure expanding voting access on the November 2018 ballot.

Today, in a 7-2 decision that challenged political apparel at polling places, the Supreme Court ruled in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky that parts of the state’s law are too subjective, making its enforcement unreasonable.

"It is safe to say that we have never registered this many people, so early in the year, during a non-presidential election year."

For the first time in more than half a century, the decennial census will ask respondents to indicate whether they’re a U.S. citizen or not.