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Fighting Voter Suppression

We challenge all efforts and tactics that threaten our democracy and limit the ability of voters to exercise their right to vote.

Why it matters

Voting rights are under attack. In recent years, politicians in dozens of states have erected intentional barriers to our right to vote, including forcing discriminatory voter ID and proof-of-citizenship restrictions on eligible voters, reducing polling place hours in communities of color, cutting early voting opportunities and illegally purging voters from the rolls.

What we're doing

We are at the forefront of the most important federal and state voting rights cases around the country. We actively oppose discriminatory voter photo ID laws, fight against attacks against the voter registration process, and hold lawmakers accountable when they try to institute last-minute Election Day barriers. We work year-round to combat voter suppression through advocacy, grassroots organizing, legal action and public education. Our efforts have resulted in the protection of voting rights and ballot access for millions of Americans.

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Fighting Voter Suppression In Depth

A national overview of the League’s engagement in COVID-19 litigation

A First Circuit Court judge upheld a lower court ruling to accept an agreement waiving the witness/notary requirements for mail-in ballots throughout the 2020 elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

LWV of PA filed a lawsuit challenging the state's practice of conducting signature match verification yet providing no notice or opportunity for voters to fix any issues before rejecting their ballots.

It's been 244 days since the VRAA passed the House, 7 years & 1 month since Shelby v. Holder, and 55 years since the VRA was originally signed into law.

A federal judge ruled in the League of Women Voters of North Carolina’s case that the North Carolina State Board of Elections must provide a notice and cure process for absentee ballots marked for rejection.

LWV of Ohio and partners are challenging Ohio’s flawed system of matching voter signatures on absentee ballots and absentee ballot applications.

The state of Rhode Island has agreed to eliminate witness/notary requirements for vote by mail throughout the 2020 elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With the recent passing of Congressman John Lewis, the League has signed onto a letter through the Leadership Conference, asking members of Congress to honor his legacy by passing the Voting Rights Advancement Act. Additionally, the letter emphasizes the coalitions current ask for $3.6 billion in elections funding to ensure all Americans can vote safely this November, as a way to honor Congressman Lewis’ work in fighting for the right to vote.

The increasing number of attacks on our democracy requires our organization to speak out against unconstitutional acts.