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Voter Rights and Election Reform

Protecting Voting Rights and Improving Elections

The League protects voting rights and works to improve election laws. Learn more and take action!

Protecting Voting Rights at the Federal Level

The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) works to encourage civic engagement and enhance voting rights. Learn more about the League's efforts to defend voting rights and improve elections on the LWVUS website, http://www.lwv.org.
  • Click here for LWVUS's Protecting and Engaging Voters web page.
  • Sign up to keep abreast of the latest LWVUS news in this or other areas by sharing your email address here.
  • LWVUS asks you to Urge Congress to Restore the Voting Rights Act. Click here for the action alert and tools to reach your U.S. Senators and Congresswoman.

LWVUS issued an Election Improvement Agenda report in July 2013. The agenda includes restoring the Voting Rights Act, protecting the National Voter Registration Act, defending voters' rights, fighting voter suppression, registering and educating voters, and advocating for election reforms.
  • Click here for a summary of the report; download the full report here.

In September 2013, LWVUS urged the Presidential Commission on Election Administration to streamline voter registration, expand early voting and improve polling place management.
  • Click here for the press release on this effort.
  • For a summary of the LWVUS's statement to the Commission, click here; download the full statement here.

LWV of Massachusetts Speaks Out on Election Reform

Election laws in Massachusetts have not been updated to include modernizations found in other states like early voting, online voter registration or election day voter registration. The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts (LWVMA) is active in drafting and advocating for election reforms, and you can find more about that effort here.
  • LWVMA is a member of the Election Modernization Coalition, along with Common Cause, MassVOTE, the Massachusetts ACLU and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. The coalition held a successful Election Reform Lobby Day in June 2013.
  • LWVMA supports several bills in the Massachusetts legislature's 2013-2014 session dealing with elections. Click here to learn more.
  • Ready to take action? Check for LWVMA "Action Alerts" on election-related bills here and call or email your state Senator and state Representative today! Click here for your legislators' contact information.
  • Eager to learn more? Subscribe to LWVMA's quarterly e-newsletter, the Massachusetts League Voter here, and email VoterRights@lwvcc.org.

For information, including LWVMA testimony, action alerts and press releases, on all pending state legislation that the League supports or opposes, click here.

State Leagues Protecting Voting Rights Across the U.S.

Leagues of Women Voters in states across the country have taken action to protect voters' rights and battle voter suppression efforts. You can learn more by downloading LWVUS's Election Improvement Agenda report here.

For state-by-state reports, visit the LWVUS Voting Rights web page and read these blog posts:

LWVCC's Focus on Voters' Rights

The League of Women Voters plays an important role in protecting the rights of voters, particularly in the face of efforts to thwart those rights. To raise awareness and engage League members and the public about protecting voter rights and the integrity of elections, LWVCC is undertaking a Voter Rights initiative this year.

In September, LWVCC submitted a letter to the editors of our local newspapers in support of amendments to the federal Voting Rights Act, which are now needed as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder eliminating important protections for voters. The letter appeared in the Carlisle Mosquito.

Volunteers needed! If you have questions or would like to get involved with the Concord-Carlisle League's Voter Rights initiative, contact VoterRights@lwvcc.org. Thanks!