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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

A settlement agreement for the November election has been reached, addressing issues brought by LWV of New York State in their July case over the process by which the state counts absentee ballots.

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled that state law allows county bureaus of elections to set up drop boxes and satellite offices to accept mail and absentee ballots.

n response to a lawsuit brought by LWV of Pennsylvania challenging the state’s election procedures, PA Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar issued guidance to establish uniform processes across counties for counting mail-in ballots.

This year, more Americans than ever will be using these methods to vote in upcoming elections, and so it is important to understand the similarities and differences between the two.

A federal judge ruled that Texas must notify voters if their ballot has been marked for rejection due to a signature match issue and give them an opportunity to confirm their identity and save their ballot from rejection.

The League of Women Voters Education Fund launched the award-winning election website in Spanish.

LWV of Mississippi filed a lawsuit seeking to expand absentee voting, waive the witness and notarization requirements, and set up a notice and cure process during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LWV of Ohio filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State LaRose challenging his unconstitutional August 12 order limiting drop boxes to one per county.

Parties in LWV of Virginia v. Virginia State Board of Elections have agreed to waive the witness requirement for absentee ballots in the November general election. The agreement was accepted by a federal judge today.