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League of Women Voters
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

Boo tonight. Vote Tuesday.

No tricks here—elections are quickly approaching in many states! Even if you don’t have an election this year, someone in your life probably does, and now is the time to get the information they need so that they can participate.

To help, we are proud to provide VOTE411.org—our one-stop show for election information with up-to-the-minute absentee and early voting information, an unprecedented level of information about the candidates on your ballot, polling place times and locations, and more.

As you think about your plan for voting this year—whether you take advantage of early and absentee voting opportunities in your state, or you vote on Election Day November 5th—we hope you will encourage your loved ones to make a plan, too.

Everyday women doing extraordinary things.

This week our CEO Virginia Kase spoke at a Harvard event to celebrate the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.  

On an all-female panel discussing political power and women’s inclusion, Virginia acknowledged the white privilege of the 20th century suffrage leaders and the fact that women of color did not have full voting rights until decades later. Looking to the future, Virginia pointed out that today, gender non-binary and trans women are often excluded from the conversation. "There is an opportunity to have these conversations that nobody wanted to have before, to say, 'we can do better, we can move forward'."

Watch the full event here.

Earlier this month, Virginia testified before Congress on voting rights and elections. In front of the Subcommittee on Elections, Virginia urged the lawmakers to create and enforce laws to strengthen our democracy, saying, "It is the duty of government to protect the rights of voters and to encourage participation in our political system, not create barriers that prevent participation." 

Watch Virginia’s testimony and read her prepared remarks.  

This is what democracy looks like.

After the Supreme Court's disappointing decision in the Rucho case this past June—failing to take a stand for voters and establish limits around when partisan gerrymandering goes too far—we promised we wouldn’t throw up our hands and just give up, but we’d roll up our sleeves and fight harder than ever.

And that’s exactly what we’re doing with the launch of the People Powered Fair Maps™ campaign: a massive, nationwide campaign designed to reform redistricting strategically, state by state, once and for all. This unprecedented effort is called “People Powered” because this campaign is designed to empower people—millions across this country—who’ve told us they feel their votes don’t matter. 

Our state leaders met earlier this month in Dulles, VA, to learn and strategize on how they could organize, empower, and mobilize to accomplish our goal. By helping voters feel ownership of—and the ability to have a say in—what their electoral maps look like, we’re ensuring they also feel empowered to hold their leaders accountable! That’s the stamp of a functioning democracy. 

Together, we have the power to not just change how district maps are drawn, but the power dynamics in our state to make our democracy more reflective and representative of the people it serves.

Fair Maps fights across the country

States nationwide are already taking the fight for fair maps to the courts:

"Oklahomans deserve fair and equal representation across the state, and partisan gerrymandering is keeping that from happening." This week LWV of Oklahoma, as part of the People Not Politicians coalition, filed an initiative petition to end gerrymandering in OK.

And, in North Carolina, the state court blocked the state from holding another congressional election on the current map because of illegal partisan gerrymandering. This is an important victory for NC voters and the fight for fair maps! 

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