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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

The League joined a letter to U.S. House members urging support for HR 4617, the SHIELD Act.

A federal judge ruled in an LWV of Florida case that outstanding fines cannot bar formerly incarcerated Floridians from voting.

The League of Women Voters CEO Virginia Kase, testified before the U.S. House Committee on House Administration, Subcommittee on Elections on Thursday, October 17, 2019. 

Jen Miller, LWV of Ohio Executive Director, found her own voter status at risk of illegitimate purging, along with over 200,000 others. LWVOH contacted voters to inform them of their status.

People Powered Fair MapsTM is a national redistricting program of the League of Women Voters focused on creating fair political maps nationwide. The campaign includes actions in all 50 states + D.C. 

Voting rights groups are concerned that thousands of voters could be erroneously purged from Ohio’s voter rolls. In a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose, the League of Women Voters Ohio, All Voting Is Local, the NAACP Ohio State Conference and Campus Vote Project called on him to “pause the state’s voter purge process and not move forward on September 6” as planned.

LWVUS seeks to find common ground with lawmakers as H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act moves forward in Committee this fall. 

A memo to members of the U.S. House supports H. Res. 513, which reaffirms the importance of democracy and the freedoms that it brings.