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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

After system crashes in Virginia and Florida, other states are warned of the possibility of glitches as registration deadlines approach.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling denying special accommodations for Navajo Nation absentee voters due to mail delivery delays. LWV of Arizona had filed an amicus brief in support of the Navajo Nation.

A consent decree was signed today extending the Virginia voter registration deadline for the November 3 election to 11:59 PM, October 15, 2020.

The 11th Circuit issued a decision allowing Alabama counties to mandate curbside voting. However, the court failed to waive photo ID requirements for in-person voting and witness requirements for absentee ballots.

LWV of Wisconsin filed an application in the U.S. Supreme Court that would provide voters with a back-up option to receive delayed mail-in absentee ballots.

The League sent a memo to all members of the U.S. House and Senate asking them to prioritize a COVID-19 relief package to aid American families during the ongoing pandemic.

What sorts of obstacles do overseas Americans face in voting and how can they overcome them?

LWV of Arizona filed a friend of the court brief in the federal court case, Yazzie v. Hobbs, which asks the state to count ballots received from reservations if they are postmarked for Election Day and received within 10 days.

LWV of Alabama filed an amicus brief in People First of Alabama v. Merrill, which seeks to ease absentee ballot requirements and mandate curbside voting. The case is now pending in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

LWV of South Carolina filed a federal lawsuit against the state’s Election Commission, asking the court to establish a notice and cure process for absentee ballots flagged for rejection due to a missing signature.