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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. 

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Expanding Voter Access In Depth

The League of Women Voters of Tennessee sent a letter to the TN Secretary of State urging him to consider allowing voters who had been purged from the voter rolls to be allowed to vote by provisional ballot

The League joined 88 voting and civil rights group in urging state election officials to create plans to prevent voting discrimination in advance of the first presidential election in fifty years w

The League joined an amicus in the case of McCrory v. Harris. The case will be argued at the U.S. Supreme Court on December 5, 2016.

The League was cited in a ruling to extend voter registration an additional week in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections is scheduled to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court during the current term and covers the topic of racial gerrymandering in Virginia.

The League joined Common Cause and Project Vote on an amicus brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in the case of A. Phillip Randolph Inst.

The League joined the Election Protection Coalition and its member groups on an open letter to the Democratic and Republican National Committees.

August 26, 2016                                                                              Conta

August 6 marks the 51st Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Here at LWVUS, we are taking the day to celebrate our recent voting rights victories and recommit to our important work on voting rights around the country at all levels of government.

The League joined Project Vote and Common Cause on a brief in the case of A. Phillip Randolf Inst. v. Husted in 6th Circuit Appeals Court.