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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

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.

The historic 2020 election highlights the need for Congress to pass the For the People Act. 

Brnovich v. DNC is a case before the Supreme Court addressing the collection of ballots by third parties and the counting of provisional ballots cast outside of a voter’s designated precinct. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, with a transformative vision for the American South. Dr. King implored both the southern Dixiecrats and Republicans in Congress to fully enfranchise Black voters...

California is considering making permanent changes to voting following historic voter turnout in the 2020 elections.

The U.S. House of Representatives introduced H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a sweeping democracy reform bill that was first introduced in 2019.

Changes to election laws due to COVID-19 creates an opportunity for election reform in some southern states.