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How Do We Unite and Conquer?

Panel moderated by Elisabeth MacNamara, LWVUS President

Panelists: Eleanor Clift, Newsweek Political Reporter and The McLaughlin Group Panelist; Mickey Edwards, Director of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership and former Congressman (R-OK); Trevor Potter, President and General Counsel of the Campaign Legal Center and former Chair of the Federal Election Commission

Attorney General Eric Holder Addresses League on Voting Rights

On Monday, June 11, 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to the League of Women Voters 50th National Convention in Washington, DC about the challenges to voting rights, protecting all voters and strengthening America's elections systems.

Tu Voto, Tu Voz 2

La League of Women Voters de los Estados Unidos (LWVUS por sus siglas en inglés) junto con ZGS Communications, la empresa de televisión con el mayor número de canales afiliados a Telemundo, se han unido para lanzar la campaña Tu Voto, Tu Voz, la cual busca promover la inscripción y la participación de la población hispana/latina de los Estados Unidos en los procesos electorales.

Tu Voto, Tu Voz 1

La League of Women Voters de los Estados Unidos (LWVUS por sus siglas en inglés) junto con ZGS Communications, la empresa de televisión con el mayor número de canales afiliados a Telemundo, se han unido para lanzar la campaña Tu Voto, Tu Voz, la cual busca promover la inscripción y la participación de la población hispana/latina de los Estados Unidos en los procesos electorales.

Express Yourself. Register and Vote! PSAs (60 seconds)

One of three PSAs encouraging viewers to Register, Vote and Be Heard.  These PSAs are part of the Freedom of Expression through Film campaign, a public awareness effort dedicated to voter education and self expression.  Featuring Oscar® nominated actress Virginia Madsen, the campaign aims to encourage women to express themselves in life, politics and beauty – specifically by voting for what they believe in and taking care of their health and skin.

Express Yourself. Register and Vote! PSAs (30 seconds)

One of three PSAs encouraging viewers to Register, Vote and Be Heard.  These PSAs are part of the Freedom of Expression through Film campaign, a public awareness effort dedicated to voter education and self expression.  Featuring Oscar® nominated actress Virginia Madsen, the campaign aims to encourage women to express themselves in life, politics and beauty – specifically by voting for what they believe in and taking care of their health and skin.

Express Yourself. Register and Vote! PSAs (20 seconds)

One of three PSAs encouraging viewers to Register, Vote and Be Heard.  These PSAs are part of the Freedom of Expression through Film campaign, a public awareness effort dedicated to voter education and self expression.  Featuring Oscar® nominated actress Virginia Madsen, the campaign aims to encourage women to express themselves in life, politics and beauty – specifically by voting for what they believe in and taking care of their health and skin.

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Election Day Reality: No Registration = No Vote (in most states)

by Shirley Tabata Ponomareff and Jeanette Senecal
In 2004, 2000 and 1996, 27.9 percent, 30.5 percent and 29.1 percent of eligible voters were not registered to vote. If these eligible voters were registered to vote, would they turn out to vote at the 80–90 percent rate at which registered voters did go to the polls in the past three presidential elections? They probably would. This means 44–49 million more people would have voted in 2004. Let’s get them registered in 2008! This article contains tips for organizing League-sponsored voter registration drives.

Compliance with the NVRA: Not Optional

by Michael Slater
The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) requires states to offer voter registration opportunities at public assistance agencies. Voter registrations at such agencies numbered 2.6 million in l995–96 when the Act was first implemented; the number has dwindled to 528,000 in 2005–06. One simple reason for this drop: A majority of states are failing to comply with the law. Compliance with the NVRA could help up to 2.5 million additional low-income Americans register to vote.

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New Barriers to Voting: Eroding the Right to Vote

by Mike Slater, Laura Kyser, and Jo-Anne Chasnow
While countless citizens nationwide are working to engage their neighbors in democracy, many states have developed laws, rules or procedures that limit access to the ballot box. In some states, the new developments are restrictions on voter registration activities, while in others, they are voter ID requirements. Many states have chosen to implement the statewide database requirement of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in ways that make it harder for eligible applicants to register. Together, these new requirements disproportionately impact those citizens who have been historically marginalized in the political process.

Election 2004 and HAVA: What Next?

by Shirley Tabata Ponomareff
Long lines and long waits were the big news for Election 2004. A number of factors are being examined as likely causes for the long lines. Whatever the causes, the long waits posed an unacceptable barrier to citizen participation. Voter mobilization and voter protection made huge contributions, and voter participation was high. Nevertheless, voters encountered serious problems with voter registration systems, provisional ballots, voting machines and inadequate polling place procedures. This story includes sidebars on the youth vote, election protection efforts, pre-election HAVA implementation survey and Election Day surveys.

Election Day and You: 5 Things You Need to Know

by Kelly Ceballos
Well in advance of November 2, the League of Women Voters has launched a nationwide voter education effort, 5 Things You Need to Know on Election Day, to familiarize voters with new election procedures and empower them to take action to personally ensure their vote is counted. To this end, the League has produced a quarter million 5 Things voter cards that are being distributed across the country. This year many voters will find some things different at their polling place, and these changes will make some of them feel like first-time voters. The League’s 5 Things gives long-time and first-time voters the information they need to look out for themselves and their votes on Election Day.

Safeguarding Your Vote

by Kelly Ceballos
As part of its continuing effort to assist state and local election officials in their implementation concerns related to the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), the League of Women Voters has produced a second report, Helping America Vote: Safeguarding the Vote. This new report urges election officials to safeguard our votes in 2004 by providing a more secure foundation for two key components of election administration: voting systems and voter registration systems. As Election Day nears, there are real steps that our nation’s election officials can take to protect our votes in November.