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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

LWV of Montana filed a motion to intervene in Donald J. Trump for President v. Bullock, which challenges Governor Bullock’s August 6 Directive allowing counties to conduct the general election primarily by mail at their discretion.

LWV of New Jersey filed a motion to intervene in Trump v. Murphy, which challenges New Jersey’s plan to mail vote-by-mail ballots automatically to every registered New Jersey voter.

LWVUS submitted a letter to members of the Senate asking for them to co-sponsor S.Res. 672, a bipartisan Senate resolution to establish September 2020 as National Democracy Month. 

With the ongoing discourse around the United States Postal Service, LWVUS joined 50 other organizations in a letter addressing the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to vote YES on the Delivering for America Act. The Delivering for America Act prevents the Postmaster General from enacting structural changes to the Postal Service and allocated $25 billion in funding for the organization. This legislation passed the U.S. House in a bipartisan vote on Saturday, August 22.

LWV of the United States and partners filed a lawsuit against the Postmaster General and United States Postal Service challenging recent changes to postal service procedures and equipment. 

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.

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.