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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

In 2019, I joined the League of Women Voters to help build culture of evaluation focused on outcomes of our work. To this end, during the Fall of 2020, we launched the Semi-Annual Survey Project

The For the People Act is the democracy reform bill the American people want and deserve. 

Senators must come together to protect voters and defend democracy 

Formerly-convicted individuals get counted in the census, hold jobs, raise families, and contribute to their communities -- why shouldn’t they have a voice in their representative government?

The League has fought for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to secure equal rights and we ask Congress to pass HJ Res 17, to remove its ratification deadline.

This executive order will expand voter access, strengthen voter registration, and improve election information so that all eligible Americans can participate in our democracy.

Kentucky could soon be expanding voting rights restoration to even more individuals who have been convicted of felonies.

League of Women Voters of the United States CEO Virginia Kase issued the following statement in response to the US House of Representatives passing HR1, the For the People Act.

Board president, Dr. Deborah Turner reflects on the contributions to voting rights advancement from Black women. 

More than 100 years ago, the League of Women Voters of the U.S. was founded to be a nonpartisan voice for American women who wanted free, fair, and open elections, above all else. The politics may change, but our commitment to democracy remains the same.