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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

LWV of Ohio challenges the cumbersome vote-by-mail process in one month’s time will prevent thousands of eligible citizens from casting a ballot in the state's primary.

Local elections officials are in a unique position to take steps—right now—to protect voters’ rights and address voters’ safety concerns.

Today the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin filed litigation in federal court seeking to protect the rights of self-quarantining voters who cannot safely obtain a witness signature on their mail-in ballot during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $400 million included in this third relief deal is a mere fraction of what is needed for all voters to safely cast their ballot with confidence this November.

The League calls on Congress to include at least $2 billion for election funding in COVID-19 (cornoavirus) stimulus package

Congress must provide states with the funds they need to protect the right to vote amid COVID-19 in the economic stimulus package.

The League joined over 200 organizations supporting an effort led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights urging federal lawmakers and state elections officials to adopt key policies to ensure both the public’s safety and the orderly conduct of the 2020 primary and general elections in light of the current threat posed by COVID-19.

The League of Women Voters calls on all states to expand no-excuse absentee voting and mail-in ballots for the duration of the 2020 election cycle.

We commend Ohio leaders for recommending tomorrow’s in-person primary election be postponed until June and expanding absentee ballot options for all Ohio voters.

In 2018, voters in Missouri made it clear that transparency, reforming campaign finance, & ending gerrymandering were important steps to be taken in reforming our democracy.