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Voices of the League

 Blog Round-up

 May 2014

League of Women Voters

On our blog, Voices of the League, we cover a variety of topics ranging from our work at all levels of the League, including emphasizing work accomplished in local communities across the country on our priority issues, marking important national developments, highlighting the work being done to grow and strengthen the League, and so much more. We hope you’ll take the time to see what we’ve been up to each month through this roundup. Thanks for Making Democracy Work©.

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Tell Your Representative to Move Forward on Voting Rights

By: Elisabeth MacNamara
Posted: 05/22/2014

In January, a bipartisan group of Representatives did something that is rare nowadays: they put aside politics to govern, and introduced the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA). The right to vote is not about politics or the outcome of elections; it is about equality and justice.


chris carson California League Wins Fight Against Dark Money in California

By: Chris Carson, Campaign Finance Program Director, League of Women Voters of California
Posted: 05/27/2014

Read a guest blog post by the League of Women Voters of California on their advocacy campaign that resulted in a big win for campaign disclosure.


Tell Your Representative to Move Forward on Voting Rights

By: Elisabeth MacNamara
Posted: 05/22/2014

In January, a bipartisan group of Representatives did something that is rare nowadays: they put aside politics to govern, and introduced the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA). The right to vote is not about politics or the outcome of elections; it is about equality and justice.

Help Graduates Register to Vote

By: Jeanette Senecal
Posted: 05/20/2014

Graduation is a major milestone after which many young adults move and embark upon new challenges. The League of Women Voters wants to help these recent graduates become active and engaged members of their new communities – help us encourage graduates to register to vote.

The National Voter Registration Act Turns 21! The National Voter Registration Act Turns 21!

By: Elisabeth MacNamara
Posted: 05/20/2014

Have you registered to vote or updated your voter registration at your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or another public government agency? Then you have the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) to thank for that!

President Elisabeth MacNamara joined with other voting rights leaders Voting Rights Coalition Urges Action on Voting Rights Amendment Act

By: Elisabeth MacNamara
Posted: 05/15/2014

This morning, I joined with other voting rights leaders at a press conference to urge Congress to begin moving the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act by holding a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

Cecilia McKay, LWV Dallas LAC chair, with volunteer, Jackie Cooper-Williams, Austin LWV Volunteers are the Heart of the LWV National Convention

By: Cecilia McKay, chair of the Local Arrangements Committee and member of the League of Women Voters of Dallas
Posted: 05/14/2014

The Local Arrangements Committee of the 2014 National Convention has been hard at work for almost one year to make our upcoming National Convention in Dallas a success. As the host League, the League of Women Voters of Dallas is leading the way.

Ella Stratman as Eleanor Roosevelt, League leader Happy Mother's Day to the League's Foremothers

By: Kelly McFarland Stratman
Posted: 05/09/2014

So as we approach Mother's Day, I want to thank my League foremothers. And, I want to offer them a gift: to try my best to be a role model for those coming after me.

Sarah Schimmer takes her children Madeline and Henry to vote Mother's Day Reminds Us a New Generation of Women Are Teaching Their Children the Value of the Vote

By: Sarah Schimmer, League of Women Voters of Houston
Posted: 05/09/2014

I'm the mother of two small children, and while my children are too small to understand the issues on the ballot or being discussed in the government meetings we attend, I am teaching them everyday lessons they can carry with them.

Celebrating Our Mothers and Powering the Vote!

By: Renee Davidson
Posted: 05/08/2014

Mothers play an essential role in our political system, including by teaching their loved ones about the importance of voting and helping to raise engaged and active citizens.

Oregon and Washington League members at the Pacific Northwest Regional Hearing of the National Commission on Voting Rights. Northwest Leagues Participate in Regional Hearing on Voting Rights

By: Marge Easley, past president of the League of Women Voters of Oregon.
Posted: 05/05/2014

Read a guest blog post by the League of Women Voters of Oregon on their recent participation in the Pacific Northwest Regional Hearing of the National Commission on Voting Rights.

Tell the EPA to take action against climate change Five Days to Go: EPA Comments Needed

By: Jessica Jones
Posted: 05/05/2014

There's just five days left to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that you support the effort to reduce the deadly effects that carbon pollution has on the health of our children and our environment. Join with the over 31,000 League members and supporters - submit a comment to the EPA today!

Please note that the comment period has since closed

Victory in Wisconsin on Voter ID May Have Broader Implications Victory in Wisconsin on Voter ID May Have Broader Implications

By: Elisabeth MacNamara
Posted: 05/02/2014

Challenging a law on its face is always a very difficult thing to do. But as we have seen over the years since voter ID laws have been applied, these laws discriminate.

Law Day 2014 - Why Every Vote Matters

By: Elisabeth MacNamara
Posted: 05/02/2014

May 1 was Law Day, a day to reflect on the role of law and its importance to American society today and in our founding. This year's theme - American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters - was particularly relevant to the work of the League.

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