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Leader for Democracy

Dear Friend,

I know you weren't able to join yesterday's Leaders for Democracy conference call briefing, so I'm writing to tell you the highlights of the call. Elisabeth MacNamara and my colleagues Senior Director of Advocacy Lloyd Leonard and Senior Director of Elections and eDemocracy Jeanette Senecal outlined some of the very exciting work we have ahead of us as we prepare for the 2016 Election and we absolutely cannot do this work without you.

Lloyd set the stage: in less than 16 months, we will have a whole new government, from the White House to Congress. The representatives in these offices will hold the key to the League's priorities from campaign finance reform to voting rights. The 2016 election will also be the first presidential election without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act and the first time new anti-voter laws will go into effect in several states. All of which begs the question: who will participate in this next election? 

In the lead up to 2016, the League plans to touch over six million voters with registration, education and mobilization in-person, in the mail, and through VOTE411.org.

Our election effort will target those most likely to be left out of the electorate, including minorities, low-income individuals, and first-time voters. Our program will include registering tens of thousands of people through our high school, community college and naturalization ceremony registration programs. It also includes expanding VOTE411.org to make critical election information available to more people who need it.

As part of this work, we are seeking to launch the National office's largest ever voter mobilization program. A pilot program during the primaries this spring will identify 50,000 low-propensity and new voters and target them with a series of research-based outreach that is shown to increase voter turnout. If successful, we will launch the full program ahead of the November election with a goal of reaching one million voters.

This work is critical to ensuring our electorate best reflects the American public. If you are interested in helping us turn these plans into action, you can make a donation online here, or send a check with "2016 Election Plan" in the memo line to:

League of Women Voters
Attn: Laura Zylstra
1730 M Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036

We look forward to continuing to keep you up-to-date on this work as we head into an important election year. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. And thank you again for helping to make the work of the League possible! 

Thank you,

Laura Zylstra
Senior Director of Development