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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.

Fighting Voter Suppression In Depth

On the sixth anniversary of Shelby v. Holder, the Supreme Court decision that gutted the heart of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the U.S. House Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing on the continuing challenges to voting rights in our country. 

The LWVUS Volunteer Lobby Corps had a very active spring this year focusing on the For the People Act, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, and the Women's History commemorative coin program.

The League of Women Voters sent a memo to U.S. Senators urging them to co-sponsor S. Res 252, a resolution to establish September as National Democracy Month.

The League of Women Voters sent a memo to U.S. Senators urging them to co-sponsor S. Res 252, a resolution to establish September as National Democracy Month.

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds state legislature's lame-duck laws limiting the powers of the incoming Governor.

On May 6, 2019, the House Administration Subcommittee on Elections visited Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to hold a field hearing on voting rights and elections. I was proud to represent the League of Women Voters of Florida as a testifying witness in the hearing.

The League joined over 100 organizations on letters to all announced presidential candidates urging them to implement a democracy reform plan. 

The League of Women Voters of Tennessee, along with other democracy groups, filed a federal lawsuit today challenging a new Tennessee law that imposes substantial penalties on groups that foster political participation via voter registration efforts. 

The League sent a memo to the U.S. Senate calling for a hearing on the For the People Act. 

On a day when Spring’s arrival was finally palpable, Dakota citizens and members of Congress gathered in the tribal headquarters at Fort Yates, on the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, for a field hearing of the U.S. House Committee on House Administration, Subcommittee on Elections.