When I started in the role of LWVUS CEO this past July, I felt a huge sense of honor and responsibility to lead this organization through its historic 100th year. What I could never have imagined was the warm welcome I have received from so many of you across the country over the past five months.
From my first introductions to so many of you, our leaders, at our national convention in Chicago – to conversations with nearly every state President and Executive Director – I feel deeply connected and committed to our mission, and grateful to be part of such an inspiring group of individuals who are leading the fight for a better democracy.
I am incredibly impressed with our volunteers’ work on behalf of American voters in 2018. At all levels of the League, the efforts to register voters, fight gerrymandering, protect elections, and get big money out of politics is inspiring, motivating, and making positive change happen. There are so many examples of your impact. Such as LWV of North Carolina’s fight against gerrymandering which has been long and arduous, yet they remain dedicated in court and all around the state to educating voters about fair districts. LWV of Arizona has fought to keep eligible voters registered, shining light on the state’s violation of the AZ National Voter Registration Act. Michigan voters passed historic voting access ballot initiatives, for which LWV of Michigan and its partners gathered more than 400,000 signatures.
There are countless more of these fights—and wins—across the county, led by YOU. I am continually energized by your tireless dedication to protecting and empowering voters.
As we approach our 100th anniversary in 2020, it is clear to all of us that the League is needed now more than ever. With the 2018 elections behind us, I know we will build on the incredible work from this past year, and I see us doing great things to advance democracy together in 2019.
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy new year!