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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 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.

We issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to delay operational changes to the U.S. Postal Service until after the 2020 election.

On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, bringing a hard-fought campaign to allow women the right to vote to a conclusion.

The US Postal Service warns states that some absentee ballots may not be delivered. 

The Supreme Court of the United States blocked an attempt to stop Rhode Island officials from waiving mail-in ballot security measures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The League joined a letter calling on the U.S. Senate to address the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 by enacting legislation that achieves certain objectives.

Voters can trust in the safety and security of the mail-in voting process, regardless of recent politicized claims to the contrary. Here are five reasons why.